Don’t Get Organized…Minimize!

Don't Get Organized...Minimize!

A lot of people tell me that I take a minimalist perspective on things because I found a way to get organized.  I disagree and will prove that I am not necessarily organized though I take a minimalist approach to much of my life.

Here are the facts about this so-called “organized” Dana:

I make messes.

I let items pile up and need to declutter them. (Ahem, jewelry collection on my closet shelf…)

My sink sometimes gets loaded up with dirty dishes.

Our coffee table begs me to leave my empty water glass on it when I go to bed at night.

The free and clear kitchen counter lures me to dump mail and school papers there to remain untouched for 24 hours or more.

In my opinion, I appear organized because I don’t own a lot of junk. And let’s be honest – the goal isn’t to appear to be anything.  My goal is simply to have less so there’s less to manage. If you’re always trying to get organized, you’ll always have a mess to clean up. If you minimize, you save hours of work and effort to enjoy what matters most in life.

The way I see it, you and I have two choices:

A) Organize a lot of stuff and spend time putting it away every day.

- OR -

B) Take care only of the items you most need or enjoy.

I’m a “B” girl.  Who’s with me?!?


Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally.  She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.

2 Responses to “Don’t Get Organized…Minimize!”

  1. Sylvia Caruso September 19, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I so agree with you. When Jay and I starting making plans to move to Georgia we had a yard sale and then right before we moved we sold some more furniture, etc… We also threw a lot of stuff away and gave things away as well. We wanted to move with a little as possible and just buy what we needed when we got here. I’m finding that I really love not having too much stuff laying around. Also you are inspiring me to go through some more stuff that I still have in boxes and see what else I can get rid of. :-)

  2. Savannah March 1, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Def B , I need to do this, I am exhausted trying to keep up with our stuff!

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