Extremely organized people seem to have an intuitive grasp of how to organize a space at home. Can that organizing intuition be developed in others that are less organized? Let’s take a look.
First, what is intuition? For some, intuition is that “gut feel” that happens immediately when facing a given situation. It’s that sense of knowing something without really knowing why you know it and without going through a lengthy thought process to reach your conclusion. But is it more than that?
Intuition may also be the ability to recognize and match expected patterns quickly. For instance, you may walk into your house after running a quick errand and intuitively know that your child’s homework was probably not done as you asked. Why? Because, in an instant, you recognized that there were new toys scattered around the room, the backpack had not moved since you left, and there was laughter coming from the back room. This picture was not consistent with what you expected.
If intuition happens in an instant, how do you develop it?
- Look for patterns in your home. Do the shoes always end up by the back door? Is there usually a newspaper on the kitchen table? Does the fact that there is no pattern or something appears random make you feel tense? You may have just discovered pattern, but not necessarily one that you want.
- Think out loud. Once you start to recognize patterns in your home, begin thinking out loud. If it’s a pattern that makes you happy, then keep choosing to continue it. If it’s a pattern that makes you unhappy, then each time you recognize that pattern is happening, you will either choose to continue it (and continue your unhappiness) or consciously decide to interrupt the pattern.
- Ask questions. The two biggest questions you can ask in home organizing are “Is what I’m doing working right now?” and “What can I control right now?”
- Get feedback. If you are having trouble seeing patterns in how you use the items in your home, ask somebody to help you out by having them point out patterns that he or she sees. Listen to that person and then check it out for yourself.
So how will developing intuition help you get better organized?
By knowing that patterns exist and being able to see them in the objects with which you surround yourself, you can tailor your organizing systems to your needs, preferences, and activities. Pay attention to the patterns and question them. Look at the patterns in other people’s homes. You’ll discover a lot about yourself in the process.
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