Are We Addicted To Org Porn?

Everything (Almost) In Its Place

What in the name of Zeus' beard is "org porn?!" It's the same question we had before we read an excerpt from the book, Everything (Almost) In Its Place. Although it sounds like something from Middle Earth, it's really the overdosing on unrealistic and staged photoshoot homes that you might find on TV or at the news stands each month. More from the article and our tips for combating it after the jump...

Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch, the authors of Everything (Almost) In Its Place, a book about how to get realistically organized, warn of the downsides of consuming too much ‘org porn.’ Here's a bit of what they have to say on the phenomenon:

“Don’t get us wrong, gazing at beautiful images of meticulously organized rooms, perfectly displayed collections, color-coordinated closets, flawless family schedules, pristine kitchens, tidy mud rooms, and picture-perfect work spaces can be titillating – even meditative. There’s a reason we call it ‘org porn,’” said Alicia Rockmore. "But when they become the primary yardstick by which you measure your own general state of organization is when it becomes unhealthy. An airbrushed land of perfect organization cannot be sustained in this messy, unpredictable world called real life.”

Although we are firm believers that the key to a happy and healthy home is everything having a place, we do understand the need to take it easy. We scour through hundreds (dare we say thousands) of pictures each month to find you amazing homes to share. Although the one place we put our focus is that real people, actually live there.

Having recently finished the Spring Home Cure, we're still in the mindset of living with only what you need and loving everything you have. We find that's those to be the most important words to live by when trying to eliminate clutter from your home to allow your spaces to feel more like the ones you might see in the magazines. Often times the hardest obstacle for us is knowing where to start and staying committed. Check out our past Cure entries to help find a foothold and watch the progress that 900 Curees made by taking on a little more each week (we suggest starting at the beginning!). Each one of them started "somewhere" and tackled more and more of their spaces each week, allowing them the freedom to make their homes into exactly what they wanted and needed them to be.

For those who might need additional inspiration, a few of our favorite Organizational and Cleaning Roundups are listed below!

  • Roundup: Spring Cleaning Inspiration
  • Roundup: DIY-able Cork Walls and Bulletin Boards
  • Built-in Storage Beds: A Roundup
  • Roundup: 10 Apartment Therapy Cleaning Tips
  • Roundup: Best Staircase Storage Solutions


    (via Buttoned Up)

    (Image: Metropolitan Home)

  • 18 Comments