Episode 3: Day to Day vs Long-term Organizing

Organization to a certain extent is in the Eye of the Beholder.  Neating up your public spaces is one of the easiest things in the World to achieve, as long as no one opens a closet, heads to the garage or the basement or you don’t mention the storage locker.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a value in Day to Day organizing.  It makes things nicer and more relaxing, at least on the surface.  It’s more welcoming for a guest, and, in a crowded home, it good to have common areas that are free of clutter and available to use for whatever recurring, spontaneous or extraordinary use might arise.

However, there is the “What Lies Beneath” factor as well.  It’s fine to scoop up the clutter into laundry baskets or simply stuff it into closets and drawers if one needs order in short order.  Unfortunately, this can, if not remedied promptly, lead to a level of truly epic personal disorganization that can rival the messiest home and cause heaps of problems with finances, taxes, work, school and other.

Is there really any among us who have no scooped up either personal or household clutter into a bin and stored it away to present a pleasant home to a visitor, satisfy a housemate, or simply because we couldn’t stand the way a room looked?  There are people out there who are laughing and saying, “What?  Ha, Never!”  Liar.

So fine, so, a friend was stopping by, a housemate’s parents were stopping by on the way to Easter Brunch or you wanted a neat living room for once.  All good.  Just set a low bar for how big you let The Heap get and then make the time to go through it and deal with everything you scooped up—throw it out, file it, put it away, give it back to whoever it actually belongs with, or place it in the proper to do pile.  Do not let The Heap get to big or sit too long.

The Heap if it gets too big can become overwhelming in its own way.  A Heap above one’s head could even be a life hazard.  The Heap can also hold hostage useful, important or valuable things—tax documents, checks, letters from friends and family, your cell phone.  The Ultimate Heap, the overstuffed closet, also costs one a valuable resource—an organized storage space where the stored items are organized rather than A Heap.

So, declutter with gusto.  Make sure that your declutter energy is distributed to all levels of your life, possessions and responsibilities.

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About missbodie

The Dragon Lady is a life long tea drinker. Her first coffee shops were Big Boy and the Oriental Diner in downtown Milwaukee. She lives in our Nation's Capital with three bicycles and an energetic tabby cat.
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