My home is by no means an organizational showplace. When I say I’m an organizational work in progress, I’m not kidding. I no sooner get one area under control than another demands my attention. And, when I’m tired and overwhelmed, it’s easy to revert to the worst aspects of my I need to see it personal style and drop and run organizational style, which invariably leads to clutter quickly replacing clear spaces.
It’s a process.
But every day, I make my bed. When I read in one of Marcia Ramsland‘s books that making the bed instantly tidies better than half of the room, I decided that the two to three minutes I’d spend pulling up the covers and tucking them into place yielded perhaps the best effort-to-value ratio of any organizational task I faced.
When I stop looking for perfection (the things I do every single time and/or every single day) and focus instead on tasks I perform habitually (most of the time), it’s easy to spot organizational successes. The counter in the kitchen where we used to dump our mail improved tremendously once I found a style-based solution to the influx. Assigning homes to the things I most typically drop when I’m in a hurry served to clear up not only floor space and counter space, but also to allow us to use furniture like sofas and chairs for their intended purpose: sitting. Using a visual system (labels, color-coding, patterned file folders) for paperwork eliminated the “guess what’s in this manila file folder” game.
These successes matter. They remind us that we know what we’re doing, no matter how lived in or imperfect our homes and organizational systems may be some days. When we focus more on what’s working than what isn’t, not only do we feel better, but we learn what to replicate other areas, and what to strive for to make our hot spots into neat spots.
The first step in getting organized by STYLE is to determine the styles that define you. In addition to taking the styles quiz, one way to do this is to see what works for you — to identify your successes. Doing this will help refine your styles and determine the strategies that take you from frustration to organization.
Copyright 2017 Lisa Hess