If you have a lot of stuff overflowing from rooms and closets, your first thought might be that you need to get organized. If only you could pack all that stuff into neat little boxes, then life would be easier.
Most of us start out that way, trying to organize our stuff. The problem, as today’s feature article from Beth Dargis of My Simpler Life tells us is…
If you have too much stuff or too many commitments it doesn’t matter how organized you are. You will still feel not (organized) enough and stressed.
Before we decluttered our home, I had a stack of old magazines. They were stacked neatly on a bookshelf, but they still looked messy. I always thought that I might need to refer back to one for something. In reality, I never did refer back to one or reread any. When I simplified, by decluttering unused items, the stack of magazines was tossed out, and the entire space looked and felt better. Plus, from then on, I didn’t have to worry about saving magazines. When I was done reading one, I would toss it in the recycle bin.
Simplifying makes things more manageable quicker than organizing can. What if you only had what you love and what fits in your closet based on a few colors so most things match each other? Would that make it easier to get dressed in the morning?
I agree, simplifying my closet to a few of my favorites makes my morning routine easier. It also makes laundry day easier as I’m not cramming things on a rack or in a drawer when I put things away.
Read more about this topic: Simplifying, not Organizing.
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