I was thumbing through a magazine the other day and thinking about all the modeling hype. The covers of magazines are plagued with women that society has deemed beautiful. We see (and have been) women and even young girls who are comparing themselves to these ladies and in turn their self esteem is often times crumbling. Why do we compare ourselves to others? Why is it that we so quickly find flaws in ourselves? Would the world really be a better place if every single woman looked like the covers of these magazines? Kind of boring if you ask me!
As I moved on to my Real Simple issue I realized our society was doing the exact same thing with these types of magazines. We are comparing our own lives to the information and pictures that we see. Is your home perfect, like the cover? Do you wish it was? Have you ever questioned the way you were organizing your home after reading an article that tells you something completely different?
This really got me thinking. What DOES society think organizing should look like? And is that image truly practical for most folks? I will be the first to say that the cover of Real Simple and Martha Stewart are always stunning – thus the intrigue to pick up the magazine and read it in the first place. But the beautiful, pristine, model-home like images are not always practical. Yet, we still cut them out, post them up in clear view and hope that someday we will have a home or office that looks just like it. In fact, we may even go to the lengths of creating this perfect environment, just to find that within a few short months, possibly even a few short weeks (1-day if you have children like me) it looks nothing like the picture that we have come to admire.
It’s about this time that we have to really take a step back, really evaluate what organized looks like for us. Ideally your space will resemble the cover of Real Simple, in fact you might just send in a photo and maybe they will call you for their next photo shoot (it can happen.) But realistically your space may be more practical, simple and functional – huge emphasis on functional. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% behind you getting things organized (it’s my passion of course) but I can guarantee that if you set up a space that aligns more with reality and less with your ideal vision, your maintenance of the space will be much more manageable – which translates to less time spent on maintenance. Now doesn’t that sound good?