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The Philosophy Behind Organizing Your Way

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To put it lightly, I am a type-A, structured, organized person by nature. I believe that everything has a place, and that’s where it should be kept, and I like my house to be neat and clean and orderly for the most part. People who don’t share these traits might think that my life sounds stressful and that I waste time cleaning and organizing and straightening like a mad woman. But I’m really not obsessed with it, and I’m able to relax my standards when needed. For the most part, I just stay on top of it, so it never becomes stressful. For me, it works.

My husband is very particular about the way our home looks but not nearly as structured as I am. To him, straightening up means putting things where they can’t be seen. As long as things are uncluttered visually, he’s not so worried about whether they’re neat or organized in their hiding spot. For him, it works.

We’re All Different

I first noticed this paradox when I was in high school. My mom, my step-dad and I were all very type-A. Unfortunately, none of us were type-A in the same areas, which meant we drove each other nuts with our different habits because we never seemed to be aware of the same things, and I would inevitably mess up something my mom had organized her way or vice versa.

Of course, there’s a lesson to be learned in dealing with a spouse, roommate or family member who has different standards than you (and I’ve got that post started for another day), but I really am sharing this to illustrate the whole philosophy behind Organizing Your Way.

Embracing Your Organizing Style

Each of us have different priorities, preferences, lifestyles and needs. The fact that I don’t have a junk drawer may seem totally ridiculous to you, and the fact that you toss your socks into your drawer without pairing them may seem ridiculous to the next person. But the goal here at Organizing Your Way is never to make you feel like you need to meet some unwritten rule or standard of Organizing 101.

If you’re frustrated by your current system, then yeah, let’s tackle it and find one that works better for you. But if letting the laundry pile up and then tackling it all in one day is working for your family, stop feeling guilty and embrace your system!

What unusual organizing habits or methods do you have? Do you ever fall into the trap of feeling guilty for not meeting someone else’s standard?

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Mandi Ehman

Hi. My name is Mandi and I’m an organizing junkie. I’m also a wife, and Momma to four little girls (5.5, 4, 2.5 and a baby!). I've worked at home since our oldest was a baby, and like a lot of other moms, my life is a constant balancing act of caring for my family and my home, meeting my obligations and finding time for hobbies in there somewhere. Oh, yeah, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m somewhat of a kitchen dunce and I only like to pretend that I’m crafty. Read more here!

3 Responses to “ The Philosophy Behind Organizing Your Way ”

  1. My Dad was military about organizing, my Mom had no clue what the word ment. I am somewhere in between. I prefer everything in it’s logical (to me) place and kept there. My memory isn’t that good so I have to overcompenste by putting everything in the same place always or I go crazy looking for it. I love to take a mess and bring not only beauty to it, but have it functional at the same time. I do get frustrated always thinking I could do better.

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  2. My husband is neat and orderly- really bordering OCD, and I am, well, NOT. I’m getting better at things, because I’m realizing that it doesn’t have to be PERFECT or not at all. I can have a neat looking home with a couple minutes work per day, saving the big deal stuff until the end of the month. I’m just tired of being embarrassed if someone in my large extended and married family drops by…

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  3. I agree completely! There is no “one solutions fits all” everyone’s needs and situations are different. Even someone that is very organized can get thrown off track by a life changing event like a new baby, new job or whatever the case may be. The goal is to find what works for you personally.


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