Is Organizing a characteristic you are born with or is it something you learn over time? Give me your thoughts!

Do you always know where everything is located in your house? On your desk? In your car?  When someone asks you where the scissors are- do you rattle off “in the drawer to the left of the stove, on the front left side” ??? Do you have a really good memory that you can remember which drawer (and the exact spot)  the scissors are located off the top of your head or does that come from a routine of just going into the same drawer over and over?

I think it can be both.  I do think that some people just have the knack for it.  I like to think that I have that gift, And yes – That was me calling out where the scissors were located.  Have I always been an organized person? The answer for that would have to be not always lol. As a child – wow.. I had a VERY messy room.  I remember my mom once hiring someone to come clean my room and throw everything out (I got moved to the “little bedroom” because I couldn’t keep my room clean). 

Then something hit me.. In 9th grade I realized how nice it was to get into a made bed at the end of the day, and from that point on I started keeping my room clean, my things organized, and my bed made! 

I think everyone has times when they are not organized.  It’s only natural.  There are times when I feel my house is in shambles and I have mail piled up and dishes piled up because…. well because life just got in the way.  Let’s face it – nobody is perfect.  And that is ok. What do you do? You get in there and clean up what needs to be cleaned, put back items to their rightful place, and throw out the things you don’t need.  That is a benefit of being organized – clean ups can be quick (But that will be another post for another day!).

But I also think that organizing is something that you can learn.  I think even those who are inherently in order continue to learn how to organize for themselves.  And organizing takes practice and patience.  I am always semi aware of the placement of things and am always on the lookout for a better solution.  

Where do you fit in with all this? Were you born with “it” but are always trying to learn new ways to stay productive and organized? Or are you reading this hoping for some tips and tricks that you can learn to become organized?


  1. Lisa Binge

    May 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

    I think some are born with an inherent trait for organization and for others it’s a learned process that becomes habit over time. Everyone is different and so is the level of clutter that each can tolerate. I can deal with a certain amount of clutter but once it reaches my tipping point, it hurts my brain and I just can’t function until the mess is cleared. Now that I really think about it, some areas are more organized than others. My fry pan? Its somewhere down on the bottom left, be careful when opening the cabinet door because a sheet pan might tumble out. …. But my scissors? They are Always on top of the fridge in the same exact spot each and every time!

  2. Angie Caddy

    June 2, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Hiya Lisa!! I Love that you mention this because this is something I plan to discuss in a future blog post!! I think there are no wrong answers for the questions I asked. Each of us are unique and different things work better for some and not others. I also agree that organizing can be both learned and something your born with.


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