Perfectly Organized?

PerfectPerfect. Merriam-Webster defines it as “being entirely without fault or defect.” Dictionary.com says “conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type”. To me, it says “unattainable”. I believe as humans, perfection is impossible. I delight in the imperfections of others because it is what gives them character, makes them different from me. What a boring world it would be if we all did everything the same so it would be perfect. Don’t you agree?

Perfectly organized. Perfectly organized spaces seem cold to me…they tell me there is no living, no joy happening there. I feel like I’m walking on eggshells in “perfectly organized” spaces. You can’t touch anything, you can’t use it, you can’t love it and you can’t appreciate it. They make you feel stressed, make you worry (about messing it up), generate fear, cause you to feel inadequate. That is definitely not perfect.

I have never been one to seek out perfection {that’s not to say I don’t “perfectionate”- more on that another day}. Not even while I was making my living as a Productivity and Organizing consultant. I certainly practiced what I preached, so to speak, but not perfectly…and not all the time. I have always been willing to admit this…to a degree. And, now I’m coming clean. When I began my organizing journey over ten years ago, I was going through a separation and I found myself needing to downsize my living quarters from 1,600 square foot of living space (plus 2 car garage and full basement) to a ~600 square foot apartment. Needless to say, this was a particularly difficult time in my life. I was broken, emotional and lost in my own space. I sought out organization to resolve the stress and frustration I was feeling. Over the next ten years, I had my share of peaks and valleys through business changes and quite a few moves. And then, two years ago, my world was turned upside down when I gave birth to my son. This was when I really embraced the “screw perfection” mentality. Though, I didn’t really have much of a choice! I’ll share more on that another day…

My ultimate intention is to have a home that is warm, welcoming and well-organized. I strive to create spaces where things flow, I have what I need {but not more} and feel comfortable and confident. I have learned quite a bit on my organizing expedition but one of the most important things I need to remind myself of often is that it’s about progress not perfection. Just in case you’re in need of a little Pinspiration, here’s my Progress, Not Perfection board to serve as a little reminder.

Do you have any quotes or inspirational words about progress or {im}perfection to share? I’d love to hear what inspires you!

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