some systems work for some people and some don’t. i get it. i live in that world. but too many people blame their clutter issues on personality. it usually comes out sounding something like this: “it’s a mess, but i know where everything is,” ”i’m naturally disorganized,” ”the mess works for me,” or “if somebody were to clean up this room, i wouldn’t be able to find anything.”
while there may be an element of truth in those statements, some people use their personality traits as an excuse to keep them from living clutter-free. or even worse, they think disorganization is best for them because they have never tasted order.
for most of my life, i worked behind a desk with piles of papers stacked on top of it. my idea of a filing system was just to start a new pile. one year ago, when we chose to become minimalist, i reworked my office removing all piles of paper from my desktop finding a home for everything. my workday is so much more productive now. my desk is freeing and energizing. i choose what needs to be accomplished each day… not just the paper on top of the stack next to me. i thought disorganization was the natural order of my life, but i was wrong. i just didn’t know it until i experienced the other side.
if you see no reason to remove the clutter from your desk, home, or life because that’s “just the way you are,” i challenge you to consider if you have truly tasted the other side. if not, start small. minimalize and organize your vehicle… see if you feel better when you drive it. minimalize and organize your bathroom cabinet… see if you enjoy the freedom that comes from organization. you just may realize that you’ve been missing out all along…
for further reading, may i recommend “everyone can learn to be organized.”
see our full list of “reasons for cluter.“