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 LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.