As a mom and organizer, I consistently have been able to organize my living space, my computer files, and office. It comes naturally to me. I enjoy the process. However, one mistake that I would make is by taking steps toward micro organizing my life. Organization does not need to be complicated! It is not wrong, but it does not always apply to every seasonal, every family, or every room.
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I would alphabetize everything, my personal systems were multistep processes, and I liked to break everything down into their base categories. This makes me happy. Maybe it is cathartic in some ways. When I became a wife and mother, I noticed that my micro organization systems did not work for my spouse and no longer worked for my current season of life. Immediately, I did not look for solutions, but became frustrated with individuals lack of being able to follow my detailed processes. It was finally time for me to acknowledge my season of life and determine that having a sustainable process that allows my family to spend more time together is far more important to me!
The misconception exists and prevents others from moving toward organization for their home is that all organization must be completed in these complicated, micro organization processes. Now, if this works for you and your family, then that is great. If it does not or you are finding that your family, then this blog is for you.
There is another side to organizing. Have you seen it yet? It is called macro organizing, which can be simpler, more sustainable for many families.
How does Macro Organization work?
I love the use of fabric bins for organization in my home for my family. I literally have fabric or plastic bins in every room in my home. They are brilliant and have a lot of potential. How do these items play into Macro Organizing Systems?
So, in the “family room” area of my home, we have a cube organizer and 3 bins. These bins contain toys. They toys are not separated by specific type of toy, but contain their toys. It is easy to toss and go.
Another example of Macro Organizing is also with toys, but looks a little different. In my daughters room, we use different labeled bins to organize her toys. She has a bin of Legos, a bin of Barbie and Barbie accessories, a bin for dolls and doll accessories, and kitchen specific toys. The great thing about this process for toys is that I can pull out her kitchen bin for her to play kitchen. Once she is down with playing Kitchen, then we can easily put everything away and easily move onto the next game or activities.
How does this differ from micro organizing?
In the example above, I would have separated each “activity” bin by the specific categories with in each bin. For the Doll bin, I would have had separate containers for the dolls, for doll clothes, and for doll accessories. This can be challenging for my daughter to understand and follow, which leads to clutter and more parental involvement in picking up. Also, you would need to pull out 3 separate bins for play. This can also add to clutter.
In my bathroom, I have a bin for my make up and one for all of my hair tools. My hair tool bin includes brushes, curling irons, flat irons, etc. This is a Macro organization system. If it were to be organized in a micro organization system, I would have separated out the flat irons, the curling irons, and the brushes into separate bins. Not necessarily needed in this sense and not practical for the size of my bathroom.
I hope that today you have been inspired to organize the way that works for you and your family. It does not need to be complicated or costly. It can be simplistic to fit your lifestyle and season of life. This alone is the key to a sustainable, organized home.