Did you know that it’s possible to be tidy and disorganised simultaneously? While it might seem impossible, many of the tidiest people in the world are some of the least truly organised when it comes to other aspects of their lives.
Think about it – you can jot down every appointment in your schedule and manage every last aspect of your life, but if you forget to check it, you’ll never be organised, no matter how much you might want to.
The same logic can apply to a room. Just how organised is your bedroom if despite being spotlessly clean and perfectly neat, you can never remember where anything is when you need it?
In this blog post, we’ll look at something that eludes many tidying addicts: getting a room that’s both neat and tidy and perfectly organised, with every item in the right location when you need it.
First off, the wrong way to organise
There’s a big difference between neatness and organisation. Any bedroom can be neat, but only a rare few are truly organised. Let’s have a look at the definition of neat to help us understand:
“Arranged in a tidy way.”
If you arrange your shoes from light to dark, placing the tallest pairs at the back of your closet and the shortest at the front, you’re being neat. But what if you love to wear tall shoes and now can’t access your favourite pair that’s right at the back?
Think of organisation as neatness combined with practicality. It’s the comfort and style of neatness (since nothing feels better than being in a tidy room) mixed with the sense of practicality that tidiness doesn’t always have.
Achieving organised neatness at home
Arranging your shoes from tall to short is neatness; arranging them from least used to most used is organisation. Stacking books from thick to thin is neatness; stacking them from recently read to soon-to-be-read is smart organisation.
One of the best ways to achieve organised neatness in your bedroom is with storage boxes. Boxes are perfect for grouping similar items together and making them more accessible when you need them.
Instead of storing your shoes in your closet from tall to short or light to dark, as an example, why not pack each pair of shoes into a storage box and keep your favourite pairs within easy reach for when you need them in the morning?
Instead of scouring your closet for travel items before a holiday, why not pack all of your must-have travel accessories into a storage box so that they’re not just tidy and neat, but perfectly organised when you need them most.
Change your attitude from thinking about what looks neatest to what works the best for your lifestyle and your entire attitude to organising will change. You’ll become a more organised, practical person and your home will become much easier to live in.
Are you tidy or organised?
There’s a big difference between being tidy and being organised, from the way you arrange your home to holding yourself accountable for meeting your goals. Are you a truly organised person, or are you just neat and tidy?