Stop Organizing Perfectly


If you talk to most Professional Organizers they will tell you all the benefits of having a clean, clutter free desk. Here are just a few things that could happen to you if you have that clean desk:

  1. You’re likely to be less stressed. How many times a week do you frantically search for important documents, client paperwork, lost keys?
  2. You’re likely to save money. Do you even know how many dollars you’re losing on reprinting and repurchasing because you just can’t seem to find the ones you already had?
  3. You’re likely to save time. Do you even know how many minutes, possibly hours you spend every week looking for something you know you have, but you just can’t locate?

That’s a lot of positive things that could be happening to you. How awesome would that be to reduce stress, reduce cost and reduce wasted time? Hmmm, who wouldn’t want an organized, clean, neat, pristine desk?

Well, believe it or not, there are a lot of folks who don’t. Shocking I know. It almost breaks my heart. But then I started to think about it. Is perfectly organized really functional for everyone? And isn’t the ultimate goal to have something be functional, not model-home-perfect? Something you can maintain with the least amount of effort, because really, other than us crazy Professional Organizers who tend to be “over-the-moon” when it comes to organizing, it’s not really at the top of everyone’s “favorite things to do” list. So, what if Joe Smith down the hall has piles of papers on his desk? Does this automatically make him disorganized? What if it’s just that Joe has 3 different piles, 1 for urgent, 1 for not-so-urgent and 1 for non-urgent? Technically, this is a system right? And if it’s functional for Joe, then that could make it a “functional system?” Of course, this type of system works, as long as Joe doesn’t let his piles get too unruly – which unfortunately can easily happen with a system such as this.

My point you ask? When we think about organized we tend to focus too much on perfection, that pristine, neat organized look, but really “organized” can look different to everyone. Don’t you think it’s time to focus more on functionality and less on perfection?

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  1. I value organization because I work in an area where I don’t have my own personal files, only notes. Everything is in the patient’s chart and is passed along at change-of-shift. Learning to be organized is a HUGE step and allows more time for actual patient care and less time staying late.

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