Organizing seems to be a hot topic among bloggers. Even here at A Pinch of Faith we like talking about it! There is a real sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing exactly where everything is, and seeing perfect little compartments for every hair pin and little sock. You never hear your husband ask “Have you seen my _____?” because he follows your organizational system perfectly. There is no such thing as a junk drawer because even your spare keys and scraps of paper have a proper place…what? Your house doesn’t look like that? Mine doesn’t either.
While social media is great and reading lifestyle blogs is fun, often times regular women like you and me can fall into the trap of trying to be perfect. It’s a topic that has been addressed here before, but sometimes we need to hear the same information a few times before it sticks, right (I know I do!!)? While I enjoy organizing, I have to careful not to fall into the trap of becoming obsessed with it. Admittedly, there was a time not too long ago that I was hoarding all manner of boxes and containers of varying sizes so that every square inch of my home could be perfectly organized. Why did I do that? Probably a bit of boredom, as well as feeling like I need to prove homemaking is a valid life choice (a lot of people see it as laziness or a waste of my time).
When I began trying to find a perfect place for every object we owned, I grew more and more frustrated with it all! Sometimes that frustration was because the drawer I was organizing didn’t have enough space for containers to sort things into. Sometimes it was because my husband doesn’t organize the way I do; he keeps his tools grouped together in a way that I don’t quite understand and when I tried to do it differently it caused him stress since he couldn’t always find where I put it.
Since realizing that my organizing was getting a bit obsessive compulsive, I have been working on un-organizing my home, room by room. I am doing this process because I don’t want to stress about putting every single item back into it’s proper individual spot. That stress has been preventing me from enjoying my home as I should. Now, that is not to say I’m just going to start leaving things around the house! No, I am still going to put all my hair clips back in their drawer, fold laundry and put it in the assigned drawers, keep stationary in the desk, and so on. I don’t want my home to feel like a place with a lot of rules for living there, but I do want it to still have a sense of order.
Are you ready to join me on this journey of un-organizing? It sounds a little scary, especially if you are like me at all, but it will be so worth it! If you are wanting to achieve an orderly home without going overboard, begin by determining where your organizing may be getting out of control. Are you organizing things you don’t really need? If so, donate and forget about them! For example, do you really need several dozen food storage containers? If there are some that are in bad shape or haven’t been used, get rid of them.
Once you have figured out some areas of organization that can be relaxed a bit, you can move on to developing a looser system. One of my major areas of concern was my kitchen hand tools such as serving spoons, cheese grater, pizza cutter, etc. I somehow have a multitude of devices but of course, not enough space for all of them. I had tried grouping them by intended use (all spoons, all tongs, and so on) but that wasn’t working for me. I ended up going through them all and getting rid of anything I hadn’t used in one year because I likely wouldn’t use it in the future. I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I had some things that had never been used! From there I separated the remaining items into two categories: every day use and occasional use. I kept the every day items in a small ceramic utensil holder on the counter, and put the others in a larger container under the counter. Both are easily accessible but contain only what I need.
Those are just a few examples of un-organizing your home. I’m sure you can come up with many more that fit your situation! I want to emphasize the importance of creating a balance between enough and too much organization. It can be tricky, but it is important to remember that everything should still have a designated space (for example, all toiletries in the bathroom under the sink) but do not need to be sorted in a way that only makes sense to you (alphabetical by manufacturer?!?!). One of my ongoing homemaking goals is for my home to be a place that my family is comfortable in. I don’t want my husband to have to ask me where the soap is, or why the toothpaste and crackers are next to each other in the pantry. Our home belongs to our families as well as us, so we need to be making sure they feel at peace and are content within it’s walls.