When things aren’t in order

Twice yesterday, I stopped and thought something along the lines of, “where did I put that?” It was nothing important. In one case, it was a sweater I bought last year that I really liked. I couldn’t remember seeing it in my cleanup process. I was with Geeky Girl when I did this, and it annoyed her. It annoyed me too. The idea that what I was doing in the moment came to a screeching halt over a possible lost sweater bothers me.

I lost a whole purse earlier, found under a pile of coats we’d temporarily relocated. Mostly, the important stuff gets taken care of, but I don’t like the feeling that something is missing, or not getting done. I’m busy now, and going to get busier. I want my time away from work to be relaxed and not worried about where pieces of clothing are.

I took Janice’s advice and looked into the KonMari method. I purged an entire bag of clothes and that’s just tops and bottoms, no jackets, cardigans or dresses, or shoes. I’m a little worried about tackling books, but am very much looking forward to paper. I’m not doing it all at once as she suggests because I have other things to do, but my goal is to complete the process well before school starts, so that I’ll feel like everything is in order here at home. Home, to me, should be a respite from the pressures of work, and if you come home and feel like you have to dig yourself out from under stuff that’s not good. I want my surroundings to bring me peace and tranquility. So that’s my real goal. Peace and tranquility.

5 Replies to “When things aren’t in order”

  1. I know exactly what you mean about how “lost” items cause stress — whether those items be physical or mental.
    The KonMari method is unfamiliar but sounds like it might be a good think to google!

  2. I also have this quirk, and it is related to the burden of owning stuff. I like owning stuff, having it available, from the thumbtacks to the paint pens to the cardstock. But, if we can’t find it, it might as well not be there, and worse, is a burden to wonder where it is

    I liked Kondo’s book when I scanned it in the store, because it stated rules and emphasized the burden of keeping things (the one I’ve applied is to get rid of boxes that things come in ).

    I also read the Apartment Therapy article on the “Habits of people who are neat” (or something like that). The main habit is that they have a lot less stuff, not just a little bit less stuff, but a lot.

    Stuff takes time as well as money, and if you want to have stuff but be organized, you have to spend time. I have time, so part of my solution is to try to spend more time organizing stuff (I am willing to do this, digitally, for my photos). I am considering now how much time I’m willing to spend on organizing my other stuff (books, papers, crafting supplies, clothes, . . . .). If we don’t have time, we either have to get rid of stuff, or get comfortable with chaos.

  3. Really good points, bj. I have little time, so I’m trying to purge my stuff. I’m making progress, but there’s a lot more to go. Some areas are just going to have to be chaotic. Like shared areas, especially. I just need a good baseline and then see how well I can maintain it.

  4. I’m glad that the KonMari stuff is helping. I’m on the cusp of books now after going through ALL the clothing. (Even the winter accessories: now THAT was a mess I’m happy to have wrangled).

    I feel so much better when I look in my closet and drawers these days because I can easily see/reach/use everything. What I really, really want to tackle next is paper, though, and not books. (Basically because I can’t easily separate my books from my family members’ books.) Dare I break the prescribed KonMari order? Stay tuned!

  5. I think I’m skipping books and going to paper. I culled my books a couple of years ago and have mostly switched to digital. But paper is crazy around here!

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