Top 10 Signs that You Seriously Need to Organize Your Home
For those of you who organize from the left brain everything has a place and location and looks like it, visually. For those who arrange according to the right brain it may not appear that there’s any organization. But moving anything in what appears to be utter chaos will remove the complicated organization that’s hidden in what actually isn’t chaos. Then there are those who really aren’t organized and either do or don’t have a problem with it, but in any case don’t have enough compulsion to become organized.
I’m even brained. Which means I’m equally right and left brained and I have to come up with ways to keep both sides of my brain from screaming. My husband tends to be one of those unorganized types as well as a piler. Our son is one of those who organizes from the right brain. My foster mother was the same way. They usually know exactly were everything is within a few inches of mounds of stuff.
When you come into our home all of the public rooms are organized, with clean surfaces and organized drawers and cupboards. But when you go behind the closed doors it depends upon whose area you’re in. Mine tends to have surfaces cluttered with stuff on the way to their home or waiting until I find a home for them, unless it’s paperwork, which I’m avoiding until it threatens to take over my life. My drawers, cupboards and closets tend
to be organized. My husband’s entire domain tends to be jumbled and piled inside and out except for his cast off wrappers and dirty laundry, which is always carefully and neatly folded.
I’ve got to hand it to him for making it appear so but still I would rather that he does his work by himself without my prodding because I have no choice but to call the deep cleaning service downtown to do everything and they charge way too much.
The list in this article gives the clear indications that tell me that I need to do some serious house cleaning or organizing before the house takes over. They also list what I do in each situation:
- The piles are so high that you can no longer keep them from tumbling down every-time you touch them or go near them:
When it gets to that point I know that I need to take some time to cut down the pile. I keep what I want and throw away the rest.
- You’re spending more time looking for items than actually using them:
I try to find a permanent home for the items so that they are easily located when I need them.
- Critical deadlines are being missed because you can’t find the form With the information on it until the date is past:
I really don’t like to do paperwork so I either put in a pile until it’s expired then I toss it or think to dig it out before the deadline or I file it in a permanent file in its own place if I get desperate enough.
- You’re spending way too much time being frustrated over missing items that are in one of several piles:
I end up going through the piles to find the item, then I find permanent place for it that’s not in a pile.
- You have accumulated too many duplicates of certain items because you kept going out and replacing what you thought was missing forever until you cleaned out some areas of your home or office and kept turning up more of the same thing:
When I find that I’ve acquired a lot of duplicates I locate them in one permanent place that’s easy to locate when I need to use them.
- You’re having difficulty finishing certain projects because no matter which pile you’ve looked in you still can’t find the needed items for the projects:
I clean up the piles or at least whittle them down. If I find the missing items, I either put them away or find a place for them that’s easy to relocate them, with other like items. If I can’t find the missing items I either replace them or figure another way to finish the projects or go on to another project.
- Friends, family and/or colleagues are unhappy with you or worst because the document or letter that you thought that they had received is actually mis-located somewhere in your house or office:
I usually tear everything apart until I find the missing item. Then I either put it in the book rack by my computer or stick it on the cork board in my office. I have cork boards in my office, studio, kitchen and bedroom. No, it’s not because I’m so organized. It’s because I tend to be unorganized half of the time and this helps keep the panic
down to a dull roar.
- You finally cleaned through a long-standing pile to find that missing dish, check or money that you insisted that your special person or coworker had been careless with:
I apologize for falsely suspecting them and I put the missing item where it belongs.
- When you keep walking back into rooms trying to remember what you forgot when you left the room, to go do what you’ve forgotten, because the rooms are so cluttered that your head feels cluttered:
I know that it’s time that I start on the piles and get them down to a level where they don’t control my life. I take some time out to start unpiling surfaces and throwing stuff away, putting it back where it belongs or finally find a home for it.
- When you need to write a note to remind yourself that you need to look for a the to-do note that you’ve misplaced among the piles and you have to attach it to a surface not typical to your usual note posting sites since they’re all buried and that’s probably where the other notes are:
I write the note and put it where I don’t usually put it, then I start de-piling my house, starting with the ones closest to the computer and my side of the bed. Where I do most of my work.
This is my method. Your method may be different because you aren’t me. I learned from my foster mother that we each have our own style which is equally valid and useful for us. It’s an expression of who we are and how we see the world.
When we get in touch with our style of organization it releases us to be the kind of creative person that we can be.