Our 8th installment in the series Organizing Myths and Mistakes is Not Paying Attention. We've covered seven myths or mistakes in the past few months and perhaps this one should have been slotted in a little earlier, but oh well. Better late than never!
We all get caught up in our own life and live on autopilot now and again. Did you ever find yourself behind the wheel and forget where you're going? Or maybe you're so used to taking a certain route that your car just goes there without you even thinking? Not paying attention is one organizing mistake that leads to clutter and chaos.
We're so busy living our lives that we often don't pay attention to how much STUFF we really have. Think back to the last time you moved, if you can remember. Didn't you wonder where all the STUFF came from? You never really grasp how much you own until you have to pack it all up and move it, eh?
If you really slow down and LOOK at all the things in your space, I guarantee you'll be surprised at what you find. There are things sitting in plain view that you've stopped seeing. They've become part of the landscape and you haven't noticed them in months, maybe years. There are secret stashes of stuff in your closets and cabinets that you've forgotten about. There are even things lurking in the teeniest of places like desk and night table drawers.
A key factor in keeping your life and spaces organized is to pay attention every day to what you're sharing your space with. Resist the urge to pack things away in unlabeled boxes, never to be seen again. Do a quarterly "clean out something" session, even if it's small. Just target a different area of your home every quarter and you'll eventually hit and eliminate all the secret clutter stashes you never knew you had.