What’s Your Organizing Style: Perfectionist, Minimalist or Sentimentalist?
Just as personal style differs from individual to individual based on our varying tastes, personalities and experiences, people’s preferred methods of organization and decluttering are just as diverse.
Here are four classic organizational archetypes, along with some ideas on how to elevate your organization even further. Read the descriptions below to discover which type fits you best.
You abhor clutter and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year. You’ve already got good organizational habits, so you’re typically efficient, productive and relaxed when it comes to clearing out your closets and drawers.
Next steps: You probably don’t need a lot of help, so a simple system might be all you require. Think about replacing the one-shelf-one-rod closet system in your home with some functional mixed storage, or create a showpiece in the living room with an elegant media center. Minimalism need not be dull.
You perfectly balance an inventory of new and old items. Everything is labeled and color-coded with your items in storage rotation with each season. You know where everything is at all times.
Next steps: There are always greater heights of organization you can achieve. Perhaps it’s time to look into specialized closet accessories like jewelry dividers, wrapping paper holders or valet rods to take your system to the next level.
You have a hard time letting go of anything memorable, such as concert tickets, art projects made in elementary school or favorite, albeit worn-out, clothing items.
Next steps: You might have to make some tough choices by weeding out the truly remarkable items from the less distinguished ones. If you can’t bear to part with anything, the best thing to do is display your keepsakes appropriately. Think of options in your bedroom, media center, kitchen or home office to showcase collections, awards or favorite photos. Turn your house into an ever-changing museum of your life with you as the curator.
You tend to keep everything. In fact, you might even have duplicates of certain items because you’ve lost track of what you already own. Your clutter probably stresses you out, but you’re not sure how to start organizing or getting rid of things.
Next steps: You’ve got two choices in terms of which direction you want to proceed. If you’re ready to whittle down your belongings, visit the California Closets blog for organization tips and start from square one. If you’ll never break your old habits, you will likely need a storage solution that is adjustable, and can accommodate what you’ve got now and what you expect to have in years to come. Consider designing a custom garage solution for your home, so that you don’t need to part with anything, but can still fit the car in the garage.