With spring just around the corner, we've got organizing on the brain.
Ok fine, when do we ever NOT have organizing on the brain? Pretty much never.
But this year, we are pumped up about a number of things. First, thanks to a certain Netflix show, more people are
motivated to get organized.
For us, the really inspiring thing about this shift in motivation is that more people are beginning to understand the profound effect that getting organized can have on their lives. This dawning understanding is, for many, the very first step in the process of creating a simpler life. A life that rejects the need for more and better stuff, and focuses more on creating experiences and memories. One that has processes in place to improve time-management, planning and communication.
Yet paradoxically, the process of simplifying is
! Especially now in our faced-paced, digitally enhanced world. How to do it? Where to begin?
As the artist Hans Hofmann wisely said, "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." This looks different for everyone, but a key component of getting organized is this:
Yes, it sounds simple, maybe too simple. But so many people get paralyzed by perfection when thinking about getting organized. They want the beautiful color- coded files or perfect matching jars in the pantry. Sure, t
hose things are nice, but they represent about 2% of the actual work.
In truth, getting organized is ultimately about making decisions. It's about looking to the future and envisioning how you want to live, and then taking one step forward to begin that process. For us, that is something to get excited about.