Going to Extremes
We all know that extreme downsizing can cause serious disorganizational issues. It's pretty obvious, right? All of the things that will fit in a 3,000 sq. ft. home will obviously not fit into a 1,500 or even 2,000 sq. ft. home. You know what else can cause major problems for an otherwise organized person? Extreme upsizing.
We don't think or hear about it too often, but moving from an apartment of 900 sq. ft. to a home of 2,000 sq. ft. can cause many unexpected organizing problems. It can seem silly and make the person in this situation feel bad because on the outside it is obvious that everything in a smaller home will still fit in a larger home. However, in the smaller place you're "forced" to find everything a home and make it work in an efficient manner. Whereas in the larger home it's easy to let those things slide. Next think you know, you've got rooms full of randomness and don't know where anything is because you think, "Oh, there's plenty of room. I'll just toss it here" without creating a system.
Extreme changes in any direction can cause organizational systems to go awry. Just remember the rules:
- Every object in your home has a dedicated place where it lives.
- Each room has a goal and purpose.
- Every object in that room supports the goal and purpose of that room.
And of course, when you use something you can't forget to put it back! These key things will keep you golden, no matter what your situation is.
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