Care to see my kitchen drawer?
I just finished organizing it.
No, that’s not the “before” picture. That’s when I finished it. It only took three minutes to organize it (maybe you can tell).
No matter what article you read about how to organize stuff or which method they use, they all cover the same three principles:
1. Purge – remove the things that don’t belong.
2. Order – sort and arrange what you have in a useful way.
3. Maintain – pick up after yourself, repeat 1 & 2 as needed.
What is usually not mentioned is really one of the most important parts:
4. Know when to stop.
That’s why it only took me three minutes to organize this drawer.
I could have found drawer dividers to separate the baking utensils from the other gadgets. There is definitely satisfaction in seeing things arranged nicely. I could have bought trays to line up everything neatly in rows, but I didn’t want to buy more stuff to hold my stuff. It’s just one drawer and it’s not out in the open.
Is my goal to have it look perfect like in a magazine, or is my goal to be able to find something quickly when I’m cooking? The way it is now, I can find what I need in two seconds. That’s good enough.
Having a magazine-worthy drawer might impress others, but it’s not worth it if you spend too much time on it. You don’t want to become a grouch when someone else moves something out of place.
If you organize to perfection, then you’re not organizing to make your life better, you’re living your life to organize, and nobody needs that.
Organize until it’s good enough, admire your work, and then move on to something else. Because even though little containers are great, sweeter things are waiting.