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  • Writer's pictureCaitlin Lewis

Embracing the Chaos: Confessions of an Organized Mess

Let's be honest: being an "organized mess" sounds like an oxymoron. But for those of us living in the delightful contradiction of tidy chaos, it's a way of life. You know who you are – the ones whose desks look like a tornado hit, yet can find that one specific sticky note in seconds. Welcome to the club! Here’s a peek into the wonderfully chaotic world of being an organized mess.

Picture a desk that looks like it survived a paper tornado, with a mountain of papers, a graveyard of coffee cups, and a jungle of pens. To the untrained eye, it's chaos, but to me, it's a masterpiece of organization. The papers on the left are the holy grail of documents, the ones on the right are VIPs but can wait a bit, and somewhere in the middle is the elusive electric bill from last month that's playing hide and seek with my wallet.

Who needs a filing cabinet when you can embrace the "scatter" method? This approach includes strategically dispersing documents and items throughout the house. Hunting for the stove warranty? Try looking under the pile of shit in the living room. Searching for the kids' vaccination record for camp? It's likely tucked away in the kitchen drawer. Every day becomes a treasure hunt with this system!

So, picture this: every time I open my closet, it's like stepping into a vortex that leads straight to Narnia. Well, if Narnia happened to be a chaotic realm where clothes hang out in the most random fashion imaginable. Forget about color-coordinated closets, that's way too mainstream for me. My approach is more of a sophisticated strategy involving categories like "shirts I might consider wearing," "pants that are almost wearable," and "dresses from the ancient wedding era." Surprisingly, when the moment calls for it, I manage to whip up an outfit that screams meticulously planned, even though it was actually a spur-of-the-moment creation. Pure fashion sorcery, am I right?

Digital calendars? Too predictable. Paper planners? Too organized. I rely on a mix of post-it notes, mental reminders, and that weird ability to remember dates I swore I’d forget. Doctor’s appointment next Tuesday? Got it. Friend’s birthday? Maybe. Did I remember to sign my kids up for the camp? Probably not, but it’s okay because I will always somehow figure out a way to get him in there.

My kitchen could be a scene from a cooking show – if the cooking show involved lots of impromptu ingredient substitutions and a bit of smoke. Recipes are merely suggestions. Missing an ingredient? Time to get creative. And yet, somehow, dinner gets made, even if it’s a bit more “experimental” than anticipated.

Being an organized mess isn’t about embracing chaos; it’s about thriving in it. It’s the ability to find anything despite appearances and to pull off tasks and events that look seamless to outsiders. It’s a daily adventure where the messiness is part of the charm. So, here’s to us – the organized messes of the world. May we always find our keys, remember our appointments (mostly), and continue to create order in our unique way.

Life is like a box of chocolates - chaotic, messy, and oh so delicious! Forget about structure and dance to the rhythm of your own funky beat. Embrace the organized chaos that defines your fabulous self. Here's to the wild rollercoaster ride we call life - let's enjoy the beautiful disaster together!

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