“Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.” – Wendell Berry, Farming: A Hand Book
Today’s post features the third part of this blog’s subtitle, “For functionality, beauty, and inner peace.” In the coming posts, I’m going to unpack each of these foundations of organizing and explain what draws me to this work every day.
My first organizing client has become my regular boss and my dear friend. I started out as her babysitter. Sometimes you know a relationship is going to be very significant right from the start, and that’s definitely how it was with this client. We knew it was meant to be when we discovered that both of our personal email addresses are a combination of our first and last name ending in the word “peace”. Peace is a huge part of both of our personal destinies, and I soon discovered where organizing fit into that purpose. Organizing for this amazing client taught me that I could make a difference in the life of someone who was making such a huge difference in the world through her career in teaching, writing, and activism. Bringing any kind of order and mental clarity to her days has been a huge blessing for me.
Organization not only saves us time and money – both extremely valuable assets in our world. Being organized allows us to be more efficient and more balanced human beings so that we can live out our purposes with more focus and clarity.
Organization is not simply taking what you have and ordering it by categories in a visually-appealing manner. That is part of it, and the efficiency it achieves definitely contributes to inner peace. But the greatest benefit of organization is what you get rid of. The biggest robber of our inner peace is clutter. If you’re a student or work from home, admit it: when your space is cluttered, you are more likely to pack up your laptop and go to a cafe to work. You would rather spend $5 on a coffee than remain in your own home which you already pay rent for. Even non-productive spaces, such as the bedroom and living room, cannot achieve their ultimate function – relaxation – when our eyes are darting around to visual clutter. It is distracting and mentally taxing to be surrounded by all your junk – junk which you guiltily know most of belongs in the trash or could be getting better use from a different owner.
I promise: taking two hours to organize the space in your home that bugs you the most will yield far greater productivity, relaxation, and inner peace in the long-run.
Those who lead a zen lifestyle get it: when you have less stuff, you are less focused on the material and more focused on the spiritual – the needs of others, a higher power, your true purpose. Aren’t these things far more important than searching through the clutter for your keys?
If you live in the DC area, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an organizing appointment. I’m here to help you de-clutter and efficiently organize what you have so you can live out your purpose distraction-free. I want to help you find inner peace so together we can create a more peaceful world.