Get Organized

messy-desk

You may remember a previous post I made about getting your stuff handled.  I’d like to talk a bit more about that because it seems like something we all struggle with at times.

Being organized is important.  Look at your desk.  Look at your bedroom.  Look at the inside of your car.  Do you have stuff all over?  If someone else came over, would they think it was messy?

That last question can be hard to answer for yourself because there’s a bit of bias and familiarity when dealing with your own stuff.  Let me give you an example.  I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty organized person because I know where everything is.  It wasn’t until I had some people over at my place one day and we were all taking pictures, and I saw my desk in the background of one of the pictures.  It looked really messy, like you couldn’t even see the top of my desk because there were papers and books and notes I had been taking and stuff all over.  Now to me, it never looked messy because I had seen it accumulate slowly over time, and also because I knew where everything was.  That book I was reading?  It’s on next to my monitor under that stack of papers!  I know where it is!  My calendar, that’s on the other side underneath some envelopes!

The point was, my desk was messy, and it took seeing it in a picture that someone else took for me to realize it.  Do not confuse familiarity with cleanliness.  You don’t always notice it when it’s happening to your own stuff over time.

I was embarrassed.  Here I was thinking all this time that “yeah, my place is pretty clean,” and I come to realize that I was wrong.  People probably thought I was a slob.

I set out to get some storage bins and start organizing my stuff better.  It was kind of hard for me, though, because I already knew where everything was, and now I had to sort it into different groups and store it that way and then remember “ok, now where did I put that?” when I wanted something.  But the thing is, the kind of “I know where everything is” messy desk “organization” style only works for a while.  Once you get too much stuff it gets to be more than you can remember (not to mention, your desk gets really messy at that point), and a more logical organization system becomes more efficient.

Not to mention, if you’re going to be having people over to your place, especially people on whom you want to make a good impression, you should make sure your place is clean and organized.