Organizing is NOT about being perfect

Organizing is NOT about being perfect | Unclutter

When people I meet learn that I’m an organizing expert, they’ll often ask if my home is perfectly organized to which I respond: Yes and no. Yes, it’s organized. No, it’s not perfectly organized.

I’m not sure there is such a thing as “perfectly organized” and in any event, I don’t have the time or patience, much less the desire, to aspire to that goal even it was possible. If I did, I probably wouldn’t be very organized at all.

You see, like many people, I am a perfectionist.

I like to have things “just so.” But what I’ve learned through my own personal experience is that when it comes to organizing, done is perfect.

For example, I could ruminate for hours about the best way to set up a filing system – or never get to it because “I don’t have the time right now” to do it perfectly.

Or I could look at some of the categories of paper that I deal with frequently, grab a Sharpie pen and write those category names on some hanging file folder tabs, so I could start filing.

And then. . .ta-da!

I’d be 80% done and I’d have a workable filing system with a home for the papers that come across my desk most often.

Organizing is not about being perfect. It’s about getting things done – things that will make your life easier, free up time and space, make you more productive, save you money, eliminate stress, or just make you happy.

Try this when you find yourself procrastinating on a project: Make a decision to let go of the need to be perfect and accept that 80% done is good enough for now. You can always go back and “perfect” it later – or not.

Because you might just agree that done is perfect.

4 Comments

  1. Great advice! And I think this way of thinking can be applied to all aspects of life. Happy New Year!

    Reply
  2. Just now seeing this and I love it! I’m a perfectionist too and this idea gives me such freedom! Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  3. Wonderful blog! I too am a perfectionist. But I also procrastinate. So I guess you could say I procrastinating perfectionist. : )

    Reply
  4. ME TOO!! It’s kind of an oxymoron to say that I am a perfectionist and surrounded by clutter…but that perfectionism drags me into a trap-if I can’t do it “perfectly” now, I’ll just put it off until I can. How’s that workin’ for ya? Not well!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>