The Importance of Knowing When You Should Just Give Up

By Tico+Tina

Last updated September 26, 2022

evergreen, minimalism, organization, practical minimalist living

This entry is part 16 of 31 in the series Exploring Minimalism

Do you have the notion that if you could just get everything organized you’d be winning at life?

I love, love, love organization.

Products with smart storage used to be one of my favorite things.

When we moved into our current home, my dad told me there was no way we were going to fit all our stuff in here.

But. We. Did.

Because we’re kind of awesome at being resourceful with space.

Over the last couple years of our minimalist living awakening, as you might call it, we’ve realized something very important, however.

Organized crap is still crap.

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Sometimes you need to get real and stop buying more organizing products – your problem is less about organization and more about too much crap.

Another thing I’ve always love, love, LOVED, is efficiency. It turns out that life is crazy more efficient when you get rid of excess, and that’s so much more satisfying than mere organization.

One day, when I decided to stop feeling stuck in a home we didn’t love and start making the most of the space that we have, I realized that I had a lot more power to change my situation than had thought I did.

I gave up trying to just be happy in our kitchen.

I went through our cupboards and drawers and got rid of lots (so easy to find duplicates in a kitchen that it’s one of the most fun rooms :))

I analyzed what we really do in our kitchen and completely rearranged what went where in our cupboards and on our counters so that our processes could be more efficient. (Such a DUH thing, but since homemaking is not my primary job, it took a conscious decision to take time to make it better.)

I gave up trying to get David to stay on top of keeping his desk clean.

This idea came about because I ran across a very simple desk at a discount store and realized it made so much more sense than the monstrosity we were dealing with at home. I talked about it more in this post, but you can see the before and after in this video as well:

I gave up waiting until we could get caught up on life to clean off our hutch that was driving me insane.

Somehow the hutch became the place we put all the papers we wanted to scan – receipts, tax stuff, the kids’ artwork, etc. etc. I kept thinking we would get to it soon. I believe I thought that for about two years.

Then one day I decided to just put all of those papers in a biiig box. I cleaned off and organized that hutch with only a few things, and have been much, much happier ever since.

No, the papers still aren’t all scanned in yet, but the big box is sorted and the pile is 75% smaller now – booyah!

What do you need to give up on???

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