Small Space Stories: My lived-in space

Live With Less clutter and stress

When a person asks me what I do for a living and I tell them I'm a professional organizer, often they'll comment, "Your place must be SO ORGANIZED! Do you put labels on EVERYTHING?"

There seems to be a perception (misconception might be a better word) out there (wherever "there" is) that having an organized home means having perpetually-Pinterest-ready-photos of perfectly decorated rooms filled with perfectly spaced, perfectly placed and perfectly labeled organizing containers throughout.

Here's a little secret: I don't live in a super-duper-hyper organized place.

Being super-duper-hyper organized feels forced and difficult. It's a standard that, quite frankly, very few people could ever live up to, but many people try so hard to achieve.

Super-duper-hyper organized feels S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L.

My home is comfortable and lived-in. Since my spouse and I don't have a lot of stuff, being organized is easy. Our space works for us because it reflects what's important to us, and by that I mean our space is comfortable and relaxed because it's important for us to spend time together, not by accumulating a bunch of stuff.

Lots of clutter doesn't work for us. At all. In fact, lots of clutter tends to stress us out and suck our energy. For us, it's less about the stuff and more about having breathing room to be able to enjoy each other in our space. That's what works for us.

What works for us might not work for the next person. And that's okay! One's home is as individual as the individual who lives there.

So the moral of the story is this: A home can be organized AND still feel lived-in. My home is proof.

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