A few weeks ago, our worship pastor’s wife shared something with some of the ladies on a retreat. She shared that she recently learned that “good enough is perfect.”
See, she had these bookshelves that she was trying to organize, and she couldn’t get them exactly the way she wanted them. Eventually, she realized that she had become obsessed with making these bookshelves “perfect”, and she was tired. She finally decided that they were only “good enough”…and then decided that “good enough is perfect”.
Her revelation turned into a bit of a standard comment around our church ladies circles – good enough is perfect. And ladies started posting pictures of their bookshelves on Facebook. And it all turned into quite the thing.
So I took a look at the only set of bookshelves we have at the house. And I must admit, I was a bit appalled.
(First of all, at the quality of the pic, I’m appalled, ha! It’s a cell phone pic, please excuse it!)
Second of all, I mean, I knew it wasn’t organized. I was well aware of that. But the PICTURE of it was almost too much. I knew I had to get it under control.
But the problem is, when I organize things, I like to do it in a specific way. With boxes and baskets and things that all look the same so everything ends up very uniform and works well together. And with the stuff that needed to be stored in this closet, there was just no way to make it all flow together.
So, good enough just had to be perfect in this case.
Here’s what I came up with:
I can breathe normally looking at this again! Whew!
Let’s start at the top…
On the left you see all my materials for my Clever Container business, pretty much all in the black box. Then you see artificial flowers in vases, which I use for props and around the house a lot, too. (Since I’m allergic to live flowers, but still love flowers around the house!) Then you see tons of boxes of products we’ve purchased! (We keep them for a while, just in case anything is wrong with them and they need to be returned.)
And have I mentioned that I even use wall space in closets?
That’s my “wheels” for lugging around photography gear!
And here’s my tripod.
My photography business paperwork and camera bag sit atop the shelf on the right…
…and somehow I missed an up-close shot of the top of the shelf on the left. It’s just backdrops, a black one and a white one.
Moving down, we have extra electronics, tons of paper supplies and general binders for household documents.
Next door we have props, equipment, portfolios and…CoCo the black kitty.
She loves to help me organize. True story.
Oh, and I keep my backdrop in this closet, too.
So, there you have it. Not exactly how I would like it, but good enough. And good enough is perfect!
I do like that I have a few extra empty spots left, so, if I have to add something to the closet, there’s still room – I wouldn’t have to squeeze it in there.
What about you? Have you had to organize something just “good enough”? Not “perfect”? That’s okay sometimes, right?
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