Cluttered Brain: 6 Reasons to Not Over-Organize

An organizing blog telling you to not be too organized? That doesn't sound right, but it might convincingly be one of the most important lessons you could learn in the organizing field. Like most things, there needs to be balance. There are of course many great reasons to stay organized and keep your life in order. However, you might find yourself over-organzing sometimes and that might not be such a good thing. Here's why:

1. You can drive yourself crazy

Ever organized a vacation or a trip somewhere and it didn't work out? Did you feel like you could have organized it better or maybe that you just shouldn't have attempted to organize it at all? Organizing isn't perfect which means that there will always be some error. What is just as important as organizing is being OK when something gets disorganized.

Don't organize too far. It's enough that your clothes are hung up with the short sleeves together and long sleeves together and so on. Anything beyond that, like organizing by color, might be too much. You'll end up pulling out your hair each day keeping it in order before you even find something to wear. 

And does someone you work with struggle to abide by an organizing system already in place? Not everyone likes organizing and they will not always listen, no matter how often or how well you explain to them the reasons organizing is beneficial.

2. Stay flexible

Organizing too much can cause you to be less flexible. When you get used to something and you count on it always being there each day, it’s often very uncomfortable when it changes. The longer something is a certain way, the more you may expect and want it to remain the same. 

But things change and often for a reason. Old ways of organizing will be replaced by the new. The old things that we organize will be replaced by the new. (Like how records were replaced by cassettes were replaced by CDs were replaced by iTunes.) In order for us to better cope with change, we need to be willing to accept it, to stay flexible. 

3. Cultivate creativity

There are times when creativity can come when there are limits. Take poetry for example. When a poet attempts to write within a rhyme structure, a certain creative style emerges. This is how most poetry was written until the last century when modern poets began using free verse.

Similarly, creativity can sometimes flow more easily when there is less organizing structure. As long as there is a balance between staying organized and being OK when something gets disorganized (which is all the time), then there can be creativity. 

4. Weighing your morals

Life will not always agree with how you organize. For example, would you go out to eat pizza with your friends when they ask you spontaneously or will you stick to the plan you made the day before? Will you get upset at your partner for forgetting to pack an essential item on a trip or will you show forgiveness through love? If organizing is one of your top priorities, then what might be below? We've all seen enough movies where the father or mother spends too much time working while avoiding the kids only to realize in last few scenes that they had been missing what was most important to them the entire time. Pay attention to what matters most. 

5. Organizing isn't always the answer

Organizing works, it really does. But it isn't perfect. If something fails to work, it doesn't necessarily mean it could have been organized better. Organizing is a method to prevent storage areas, office and home spaces, schedules, and other things from becoming cluttered. A true organizer is always attempting to de-clutter better or in other words, attempting to be less messy. Because life is messy!

6. Simplicity in chaos

Not always having to keep organizing something can actually be more simple. If you organize all the rooms in your house and you want some freedom from that, then you could leave the backyard to be unorganized. The books in your library or the clothes in your closet don't have to be in order. The important thing is that they are together and not scattered in other spaces. Or you could leave it up to someone else to organize certain things. This will simplify your life. 

There is a chance that when you stop over-organizing something, then you might see how to organize it just right, without the stress and effort like before.