Organization can make all the difference in how our homes function and how they feel (and how we feel!), but knowing that doesn't always inspire change. It can be difficult to break the chains of habit and might feel easier to just do things as you always have. This could show up as piles to groan at, often not being able to find the keys, and needing to rush around the house cleaning before guests arrive. We've found that at the heart of the matter is prioritizing the things most important to us:
I'm certainly not perfect and still have piles I groan at and sometimes can't find my keys (ok, a lot of the time). But a light bulb moment happened about 4 years ago when my work sent me to a time management workshop. The system helped me uncover some of my core values, one of which is Creating Beauty. At the time this had nothing to do with my job and I couldn't see how it could apply or make a difference, or really what it had to do with time management.
In hindsight I realize how far reaching that workshop's ideas have been. Put simply, once you discover your core values, you can prioritize your day, putting the things that are most important to you first. This meant forgoing the rush of crossing a lot of things off the list and instead the quiet confidence of accomplishing things important to me.
Eventually things came together and I found myself hired as an editor here, on the phone with Maxwell hearing that Apartment Therapy's Mission Statement is to help people create beautiful, organized, healthy homes. Bull's Eye.
So what does this have to do with organizing? That it all starts with identifying what's important and prioritizing it. Apply this to a room's purpose, to how you spend your day or how you use a drawer.
The workshop I went to is a part of the Franklin Covey System. For the record, I still use my planner to map out my day.
[image from chez larsson]