Perfection Isn't A Goal

In my line of work, I've come across many a procrastinator. Often, this is due to perfectionism. Waiting for the "perfect time" to start. Wanting to find the "perfect place" to put an item. Getting into the "perfect mood" to get going. Doing everything "perfectly." All this perfectionism-based procrastination turns into paralysis. And you know what?

Perfectionism is bullshit. Especially when it comes to organizing your home.

Suck it up and just do it is probably one of the most common things I say to a client. Why? Because that's what they need to hear and it's what we've got to do to get the job done.

We each have our clutter threshold. You know, that place where you just can't take it anymore. Mine is very low. Others are able to deal with more leeway. However, once you've reached it then it's time to take action. (Obviously it's best to prevent it from ever getting that bad but that doesn't always work out in our favor.) When I first speak with a potential client, one of the questions I ask is on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being "magazine layout worthy minimalism" and 10 being "I need a 'Hoarders' television show intervention" where do you fall. Many people don't want to live in a 1. Very few people can maintain a 1. I wouldn't even say that my home is a 1 (though I'm sure others would disagree.) The amount of clutter we want to allow in our homes varies for each of us, but we all should remember that perfection isn't what we're after.

If your clutter is driving you batty, then just start. As a friend always says, "Nothing to it but to do it." A great goal is to just make your home easy to live and breathe in. You don't even have to de-clutter everything. Many of my clients leave their husbands things alone. The main goal is things down to a manageable, maintainable level.

Cleaning and organizing every second of the day is ridiculous. Do what needs to be done to make your home something that supports you instead of hinders you. Then it's just about the maintenance baby. You've got a life to live!