Saturday, October 6, 2018

Why Organization Isn’t (Always) Pretty

       Contrary to popular belief, organizing is not always about looks.  Yes, a byproduct of the organization process is the beautification of spaces, but the primary goal of organizing is to make spaces more functional for people.  Having a good-looking place will not necessarily make your life easier or less frustrating, but having a functional place will.  If the kitchen looks pretty, but you can’t find a knife, what good is the space to you?  While making spaces prettier is always a nice benefit of organization and a desire of an organizer, the main focus will always be on customizing spaces so that the users can be more productive and efficient as clutter is minimized and controlled.  After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What’s important isn’t making a space appealing to the eyes of others, but to oneself.

       In fact, some people are able to operate in seemingly disorganized environments very efficiently.  Organizing is the process of making things easier to find and keep track of, not necessarily making everything picture-perfect.  Often, those seeking organization help are those who are not able to operate in messy or cluttered conditions because they become overwhelmed at the sight or the thought of their surroundings.  While this is certainly understandable, such conditions do not cause everyone to be disorganized or inefficient.  Just like people, spaces are unique and the job of an organizer is to make sure that spaces work for people instead of people working for spaces.