When I was a teenager, I was a member of an acapella singing group. I sang second soprano. It was my job in this group to mix my voice with that of the first soprano so that none of our voices stood out clearly.
It got me thinking about music and how different voices in a song come together and how we can bring that kind of harmony into our homes with simple organization tricks.
I’ve read a lot of books lately on the topics of time management and productivity. In one such book,The Organized Mind” by Daniel Levitin,” I read that “it is important to align your organizational style and systems with your personality.”
This thought got me thinking about a different way to work with clients to help them achieve this goal.
What exactly does harmony mean and how does it apply to your home organization?
According to the Oxford dictionary, the word “harmony”, when used as a noun, is “the combination of musical notes played simultaneously to produce chords and chord progressions having pleasing effect”.
The different instruments of an orchestra or a group or the voices of a song – alto, soprano, bass or tenor – do not mix any instrument, or the voice is stronger than the other.
You hear the beautiful sound and you hear the melody, but without a trained ear you don’t necessarily hear the individual instruments or voices. It’s harmony
Another definition of harmony as it applies to values, from the Collins English Dictionary is “generally identified as a human value, referring to compatibility and agreement in feelings, actions, relationships, opinions, interests, etc. It denotes a state of balance between forces that influence and even oppose each other.”
How does harmony apply to organization?
When your stuff is piled up here, there and everywhere, they’re screaming at you to do something about it. Maybe you store them anywhere out of sight. Maybe you store them in a cabinet, in a closet, or under a table.
Whatever you do with them, they don’t match the vision of how your home will look, feel, and function.
These piles of things are growing. In fact, they can multiply quickly, creating a sense of clutter in your home. It is the opposite of harmony.
We know that disorganization can impact many facets of a person’s life.
Disorganization is the enemy of a budget because it makes it difficult to see what you have in your closets. So you spend money buying ingredients you already have but can’t see in the pantry.
Maybe you’re spending more money than you want to buy things you already know you have but can’t find.
Time is wasted searching through piles of necessary and important everyday items like your glasses, car keys, or wallet, to name a few. This, in turn, makes you late for an appointment or meeting.
Worrying about being late or spending too much money creates stress and anxiety.
Disorganization also impacts your relationships.
You may be reluctant to invite people inside your home because you are embarrassed or ashamed of their appearance.
If you have a partner or spouse, they may be constantly asking you to do something about the mess.
How to bring harmony to your home?
Now that you know how important it is to organize your home, how do you bring harmony into the picture?
The quote I shared at the beginning of this article says that you create harmony when organizational systems and strategies work with your personality.
First, think about how you want your home to look. What do you want to see when you walk through your front door?
Go around your house and keep asking yourself this question as you enter the different rooms. What can you declutter to bring harmony to the space?
Then ask yourself what works. Are there organizational systems that work well for you? If there are, see if you can modify them to work in other areas of your home.
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If there isn’t one, consider contacting a professional organizer.
Customize your organizational system
The most important thing to know about creating an organizational system is that it should be personalized for you. Release any ideas you have about copying something’s magazine appearance.
Take the idea and tweak it to work the way you want it to, as needed. Remember that magazine photos are just a snapshot of a moment in time. They do not take into account the appearance of a house when it is lived in.
When you bring harmony into your home, you can relax and be at ease. You can find what you’re looking for easily, and what you see around you pleases (and whoever you live with).
Everything works together. Nothing stands out and screams “Take care of me!”
An added benefit of bringing harmony into your home is that if someone walks by unannounced, you can open the door wide and say “Welcome!” with a smile on your face.
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Diane N.Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and Owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC and Co-Owner of Release●Repurpose●Reorganize, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia
This article was originally published on DNQ-solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.