The Need For Clutter
September 29th, 2015
Ever since I started the Paperwork Challenge a few weeks ago, I have been realizing my need for clutter in certain aspects of my life. The main one is the Desktop for my computer.
If I have files I am currently working on, I keep them on my Desktop so that they are easy to access right when I need them and I don’t have to search. Then, when I am done, I file them away, usually never to be seen again.
However, now that the Paperwork Challenge has started, I have given some thought to how I want to organize the digital paperwork on my computer. Over the past few months, I have started to build my organization system for this. Now that I know exactly where I want all of the files I am working on to go, it is really easy to find them when I need them. So, I am able to clear out the clutter on my desktop.
It is really interesting how this has progressed for me though. Sometimes, I find that my entire desktop is cluttered after only a week of work (especially now that a main part of my job is video editing and that requires upwards of 5 files per creation). I used to organize sections of my desktop. It would all be cluttered, but there would be a quarter of the screen for videos, a quarter for presentations, etc. It is interesting how in a way, I needed this clutter.
Without the clutter, when everything was tucked away, I couldn’t find it because I didn’t know where I put it. So, leaving it out was really the best method for me.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past few days because I see people all of the time who have clutter all around them. Then, some one or some company comes in and “straightens” it all up and now the person can’t find anything. Even though it looked cluttered before, the person knew where everything was and now they don’t. This is a huge problem I used to see often when I worked as a professional organizer.
That is one of the main reasons I will no longer go into a home or even an area of the home and reorganize everything. I require that my clients be there with me, to tell me the systems and places that make the most sense for them. Without this, it is very common for the clutter to keep coming back again and again.
The lesson I have learned from this is that it isn’t the clearing of the clutter that is the important thing. It is the organization systems and rules in place that make everything easy to find when it is put away.
Now, I absolutely love having a clear desktop. I still save initial files there (mostly because my mac only lets me choose between desktop, documents or recent) but the files don’t stay there until I am done working on them. Instead, they stay until the end of the day. When I close down for the night, I file everything away. I love the feeling of everything in its place and the desktop ready for a new day! My need for clutter in this area of my life is gone now that I have a system :)