When Being Organized is a Bad Idea

I posted this video over on the HappySimple Facebook page last week.  Just in case you didn’t see it, I thought I’d post it here as well.  I love the utter ridiculousness of the idea of tidying up art.

And I hope that you can take that lesson into your everyday life.  And know that there are times when being organized and tidy are good, like when you have reports that need doing, or blog posts to write or other point A to point B activities.  

A tidy enough house can make daily life smoother and more pleasant (and you get to pick what constitutes enough).

But there are times when being organized and tidy actually gets in the way of living.  Like when your baby is fussy and needs a cuddle.  Or when you want to spend time with the one you love.  In fact, if you don’t guard those moments lovingly and fiercely, you can organize them right out of existence.

I have a friend who repeatedly tries to get more organized.  And I applaud her efforts.  But I hope, I mean, I really, truly hope she knows that her lack of organization  is one of her most endearing qualities.  Cups of tea appear before you and she will literally drop everything, on the floor if necessary, to sit down and have a visit.   What could be more charming, more life-affirming, what could possibly be better than that?

So, yes, get organized if you want to.  Just remember to guard the precious bits.  Like a modern painting, they thrive on chaos.

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6 Responses to When Being Organized is a Bad Idea

  1. Janet says:

    That’s so great! I have a classmate who will LOVE this one! You’re absolutely right – it’s the people who matter the most!!

  2. Margie says:

    Good for you! It is true! Organization for it’s own sake is highly over rated.
    On the other hand…a clutter free mind/life/space is much easier to navigate.

    I saw you walking this morn…beside the river and you looked so happy and content…just the way you were meant to be!

  3. Barb says:

    Camera in hand, it’s hard not to be happy.

    And I think I need to explore the when and why of organization in future posts…

    Thanks Margie!

  4. Vania says:

    I did need some laughing – and it was just fantastic! Loved it! Thanks!

  5. Barb says:

    Thanks Vania! Glad you enjoyed it!

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