Putting the O in Organised

Posted by Suzi | August 31, 2012

This post is not one of those ‘how to’ ones. It is actually a little selfish on my part because, well basically, I need organised. I really need to get organised! I have deadlines, different potential projects, a book proposal up in the air (yes, you read that correctly, I am doing a book proposal- how exciting is that?! More of this to come…) And the only way I’m going to do it all to my best shiny potential, whilst remaining human, is if I become Mao Zedong on the organisational front.

This means being particularly brutal with the 385 tonnes of receipts, lip glosses and general crap I cavort about with in my handbag. It also means attacking the small-child-height tower of papers currently accessorising my desk and getting especially ruthless with any kind of drawer I’ve been stuffing things in.

I don’t know about you, but I am a natural born hoarder. You know the type, ask them what happened to that awful dress they wore 12 years ago and they’ll simply reply: “Oh it’s in a drawer somewhere.” Or enquire how their holiday was and you’ll get a: “Great! Except for that $400 excess baggage fee at the airport…”

I hate to be sexist (and know men can keep a whole heap of weird stuff too) but it’s definitely a woman’s thing. And, unfortunately, the only way way to combat it is by being ruthless. Anything you don’t live, breathe or love; it’s got to go.

Because, actually, and this where the book proposal comes in; the spaces we inhabit on a daily basis effect us on a far deeper level than most of us would ever think possible. How many times have you looked round a house and instinctively felt its’ inhabitant’s sadness? Or it could be that you took one look at their over-stuffed closet and thought: “Oh God, I know they totally hate that thing.”

We’ve all been there, right? I lived for years in a flat with a cupboard which avalanched onto me every time I opened it! Of course, I blamed the tiny room/lack of storage space, but it wasn’t until I moved out that I realised how much it was emotionally frustrating me too.

There are studies which prove a link between efforts to get organized and weight loss, mess and depression, you name it (I found this NY Times article very interesting). Holding onto the old can literally mentally block us from letting-in the new.

As that little guy Albert Einstein said in his Three Rules Of Work (I’d have more modestly named it :Three Rules of Life, myself): “Out of clutter find simplicity, from discord find harmony, in the middle of difficulty opportunity lies.”

On that note, I’m off to tidy.



Picture credits (from left): Green kitchen and spices; http://elhernandez.tumblr.com/page/13, Harris and Jones keepsake boxes; http://www.harrisandjones.co.uk, Don’t Be Afraid To Let Go card; http://wildhorseletterpress.com/, Book storage boxes; http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/vintage-style-box-files-3,  Pots and pans handstamped label; www.etsy.com, kitchen chest with label; http://style-files.com/, Suitcase styling; http://blog.evablackdesign.com/search?updated-max=2011-11-11T20:31:00-08:00&max-results=7&start=98&by-date=false; Spices styling; http://kiyoaki.tumblr.com/post/16885370979/via-concept2012-food Writing styling; http://www.lushlee.com, Heart frame; http://www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/heart-card-holder, Children’s room and photo frame still lives; http://decor8blog.com/2009/08/07/bodie-and-fou-my-favorite-things/


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