Zen Life Organizing

By: Zen Life Organizing | May 12, 2016

It is hard to deny that these perfectly organized homes in DIY and HGTV shows make you wish your home is just as organized.  They make it seem so easy to do.  One must wonder how much time it would take to maintain these perfectly organized homes?  Such perfection is time consuming and takes a lot of time to maintain.  Well the good thing is perfection is subjective.  A perfectly organized home for me could be imperfect for you.


When a client tells us that his goal is to have a perfectly organized and pretty space, it is great but he needs to set realistic expectation for himself. He will live in this new space and if he doesn’t have time to maintain the organization, it will not stay perfect.


When you start organizing, ask yourself this question:


How much time do I want to spend maintaining my organized space?


If you have all the time in the world and all you do is make sure your space is organized, then a perfectly organized home is achievable.  


If the answer is very little time, which is common due to our busy lives, then organize your space for simplicity and convenience.  You want to organize the way that make sense to your lifestyle. Focus on progress, not perfection. If your aim is to banish clutter in your home, every little bit of progress you make will get you one step closer to your goal.


Don’t get all bent out of shape and grouchy with yourself if your closet isn’t Martha Stewart-esque after one day. Be nice to yourself. Forget about perfection, choose simplicity. Your house will look great and you won’t have to suffer the burden of perfection.


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Posted on : October 02, 2016

This is a very inspiring post! Thank you for sharing!
In my own apartment, I've started with something rather small (although it had grown a bit out of control and was expanding over the whole living room): the play area for my 3-year old kid. We had shelves and boxes to store part of his toys, but there were so many toys lying around that not all would fit properly and among those toys, some would just have been left from the time when he was younger. Basically, lots of toys were lying on the carpet at the end of the day leaving only a small area to play. And this was actually risky as he could trip over something. Just the sight of the heap of toys waiting for somebody to help tidy up again and again was discouraging.
One day, I've decided that this wasn't functional at all and went through all the toys one by one, evaluating which one to keep and which one to store or give / throw away. This selection was based on what my son was playing with at that time. It was very simple. I also reorganized his space sorting toys by categories (cars in one box, soft toys in another one...) and made sure the ground was free of anything so he could use it to play. I tried not to overfill the shelves as well.
The overall result was that the play area felt much more inviting and nicer. My son realized it immediately when he saw it. He said "Wow Mommy, this is nice!". Even for the parents, it was a relief to have less clutter in the living room.
Now, my son is enjoying his space more: he creates lots of games, changes the toys he playing with, and being in his own world. Things are easier to find and there's not much clutter. Tidying is much easier, and he participates in it as well.
This first step in my house was very positive and it helped me go on with my own stuff which was a much greater deal :-)


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