If it Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It!posted by Andrea | 02/21/2013
I frequently hear people apologize for their perceived lack of “proper” storage or organizing solutions.
They might say something like:
“I know our system isn’t ideal, but it works for us.”
“Martha Stewart definitely wouldn’t approve, but it works for me.”
“I wouldn’t want anyone to look inside my closet, but it’s organized enough for me.”
I also get a lot of questions like these:
“Should I scan all of my pictures, recipes, files, and documents into my computer?” (even though they already have a really great system for keeping the physical copies organized)
“Should I organize my closet the same way you organize yours?” (even though their current system is working just fine)
“Do you think I should buy all matching storage containers for our pantry?” (even though the shoe boxes they currently use do the trick)
“Would it be better to replace all our storage tubs with clear tubs so I can see what’s inside?” (even though they currently don’t have an issue finding what they need in their opaque tubs)
“Should I try to meal plan on a monthly basis instead of only weekly?” (even though they are managing just fine planning on a weekly basis)
The list could go on…
All of these are legitimate questions, however in my opinion…
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Maybe your home doesn’t look like the pages of a magazine (or even as nice as your friends’ homes) — but if things are neat and organized enough for you and your family to enjoy spending time in your home, then it’s good enough.
Maybe your pantry or your storage room wouldn’t win any awards — but if you know where things are, can quickly find what you need, and quickly put it away again, then it’s good enough.
Maybe your meal plan isn’t color-coded and written out on a laminated form for the entire month — but as long as you have a general idea of what’s for dinner this week, then it’s good enough
I love thinking about better, more efficient ways to keep my home and life more organized — but I usually don’t start looking for a more efficient way until I start feeling like my current system isn’t working anymore.
If my current system, ideas, containers, etc. aren’t “broke,” then I’m not going to waste any of my valuable time trying to fix them!
I’m sure there are times when I could possibly be more efficient or more organized… but with all the new products, new technology, and new information surfacing every single day, it would literally be impossible to keep up with it all.
Instead, I just keep going until I start to feel like my system isn’t working as well… THEN I start looking for a new way.
So the next time you see another fancier, prettier, “better” organizing idea on TV, in a magazine, or on Pinterest, first stop and think if you really NEED a new system or container… or if your current systems and containers are working well enough.
If your current system isn’t broken… don’t fix it!