Last Thursday, March 23rd, was Organize Your Home Office Day. I thought it was a great idea and briefly considered observing the day before quickly talking myself out of it. Here's why: my office is a big mess. As usual.
Having admitted that, I still want to talk about organization or rather, order, and its relation to beauty.
I know that there can be beauty in order and order in beauty. The classical idea of beauty takes into account things like order, proportion, symmetry, etc. Chaos is not included.
My messy office is not conducive to beauty: the wood grain of the Queen Anne-style desk can’t be seen or appreciated because it is covered up with receipts, notes, and other random slips of paper.
The lavender walls and the art hanging on them might as well not be there, because I’m distracted by the books, papers, and bags of books and papers on the floor below.
My office is a pretty room, filled with objects that I love. But I either can’t see them or don’t notice them because of the disorder that clutters it up.
My solution to the chaos (which, fortunately, is contained in the office) is not to march into that room, as you might expect, and tackle it. My solution is to quietly close the door and go work in the sunroom.
I know—that’s no solution at all. If I were not overwhelmed by the project and therefore procrastinating, I would go into my office determined to bring order to it. I would find a place for the extra books, file or trash the papers, give away the extra tote bags, store the magazines, and recycle the catalogs. Not only would it look better, but I would be able to write in there without feeling stressed and frustrated with myself because of the mess.
Putting the room in order would be bringing beauty to it. It would also allow the beauty that is already there—in the paintings, the pottery, and gifts from loved ones—to shine. In addition, I would feel less scattered and more in control if my office was organized.
So, this morning, I'm putting "tackle the office" at the top of my to-do list. As soon as I find my to-do list.
Do you think that beauty and order go hand in hand? How have you seen that play out in your daily life? And if you have a messy space in your home, are you inspired by the thought that order can bring beauty to it? I'd love to hear your thoughts and any tips you have for keeping order in your home.
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