Are you tired of struggling to keep your house clean and organized? Do you feel like you are spending your life cleaning? Do you think it will cost too much to fix it? By Wednesday does your house look like a frat tore up your home?
One of the most quality changing revelations I had as an organizer was understanding that each person organizes differently. I think a lot of times we think people are either organized or not. I feel that everyone is organized in their own way. People organize or structure their homes in a way that makes sense to them. Most often the people in your home do not think or organize like you. Remember in many cases opposites attract.
Prior to living with my husband, I was fortunate or crazy enough to always work hard to live alone. I liked having my own space. No pressure or expectations. It was easier for me to live alone, while in school and in my early years. As a naturally organized person, my living space was always organized and clean. Maybe it would get a little messy around Finals time, but usually it was cleaner. Remember cleaning and organizing has always been an outlet for me. So, when I get stressed the cleaning/organizing increases. That is a whole other conversation for another day. It is sad, but now makes me laugh. I used to try to make my home looked “lived in” because I wanted my friends to feel comfortable when they visited. UGH!
Anyways, I started living with my husband and found that it was challenging for me to keep my space organized. My normal organizing systems were no longer working. The clutter overwhelmed me and made it difficult sometimes for me to think. My husband has a song. The song’s title is Everybody Needs a Little Bit of Clutter. This is a great example on how opposite we are in our needs in our living space. Neither wrong. Just different.
When we had children, it became harder for me to keep organized and more overwhelming. Maintaining my organization systems were causing me stress and taking me away from what truly matters. My children are not going to look back one day and think, “Wow, my mom always kept our house clean.” Again, I do want to encourage them to understand that there is balance and it is important to take care of your living space.
I became a detective. I started to observe my husband’s organization habits, where he placed his belongings, and where the kids often placed their things or commonly play. When I took his organization style into account, I was able to find a system that worked for the whole family. We simplified our home and kept it up (most days).
My stress melted away. I started to think about different types of organizers that I have come into contact with. I have defined their organization personalities into the following:
Clutter Keeper: This individual likes to visually have their objects or items on display. They may fear losing something or misplacing things. If these things are put away, this person may feel like they will forget about it or not know where it is. This individual may struggle with throwing things away or getting rid of clutter. They may hold onto objects because they are fearful they may need it later.
The Piler: This individual likes to keep things in piles. They may categorize their piles similar to how another person may have a file system. Having these piles may feel like their belongings or papers are more accessible to them.
The Stuffer: This individual likes the idea of having a home clear of clutter. When you visit their living space it appears that everything is clean and organized. When you open a drawer, closet, or bin you may see a lot of things stuffed in a location. They may try to clean quickly and put things out of sight. This causes the person to lose many of their items.
The Strict Structure Keeper: This individual hates clutter and likes clear counters. They may enjoy color coding, bins, and complex organizing systems. Organizing is their jam
One person may exhibit one or more of these categories. BUT once you know where each member of your family, household, or you as an individual organize….You will have all the POWER. Okay, maybe not power, but the strength to keep your house clean and organized. AND most importantly have more time to do the things you love and be with the people you love. Game Changer!
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