My house is spacious, orderly and almost Zen-like. (On most days.) Over the years, I’ve taught myself to live simply. I use the “If it’s not an Absolute Yes, it’s a No” rule when I’m debating a purchase or considering tossing something out. I’m sometimes mesmerized that I’ve become organized and clutter-free after years of living in total chaos.
However, I’m not stupid.
Changing behavior doesn’t mean you’ve changed your essence. I know myself too well to forget that my artist, wild, chaotic self is alive and well. I couldn’t write songs – or anything, for that matter – without her. She is my muse and my ferocity. So, she has to have a place in my life.
For instance, she gets to have her way with the kitchen when I prepare meals. She’s masterful at intuitive cooking and “whipping things up” – as long as she gets to bitch-slap the kitchen until there’s not a single unsoiled surface, mixing bowl or spatula in sight.
I also allow certain spaces for her unique style of chaos. I reserve one shelf in my office for her messes.
And, she is why I still keep a Junk Drawer.
Most professional organizers agree. If you’re not an orderly person by nature, you have to work with this part of you, even after you get organized and clutter-free. You have to allow for those times when you don’t (or can’t, or won’t) think clearly.
The Junk Drawer is for those times. And, if you schedule defined times to clean it out when you are clear and orderly, your Junk Drawer can actually contribute to your organizing success because it acknowledges that you don’t always have to get it right! Our Junk Drawers teach us that allowing imperfection – not repressing it – is one of the keys to sustained success.
I call this the Junk Drawer Philosophy. And I’ve expanded it way beyond the realm of organization. I use it with health, and travel and and also with Getting Things Done.
The next post will reveal my own proven method for Getting Things Done and being productive by working with – not against – this wild creative playful side of yourself. Stay tuned!
p.s. Happy Valentine’s Day!