This post is for caregivers as well as stroke survivors
People who have not experienced a catastrophe think they have lots of time to do what they want. They also think they will always have lots of energy. A stroke destroyed the illusion that I have time and energy to waste. I cannot waste precious energy searching my entire house for an object. For me, organization is a way to save time and energy rather than a perfectionist's goal that drives me crazy.
Here are some examples of when I can get away with being disorganized. I do not mind spending a few minutes searching through a box of Christmas decorations or looking for a hand tool in a small tool box. I keep certain foods in the door of the refrigerator, but I do not mind if they slide around to different positions. I have very few music CDs so I keep them in two shoe boxes - one for classical and one for everything else. I do not buy much canned food so it would not be worth it to turn all the cans so every label faces the same direction.
However, it is good to be super-organized when I own hundreds of things. I am meticulous about saving computer files in separate folders like Finances and Photos so it is easy to retrieve a specific file. I used to own at least a hundred fiction books. To find books in my library, I alphabetized books by author. To stop buying extra copies of a book when I went shopping,
I carried a folded sheet of book titles organized by author in my purse. When I froze lots of vegetables and meat in an upright freezer, my food was meticulously organized so I did not
have to move lots of packages to find the one I wanted.
Bottom Line: For me organization is a choice rather than a compulsion that makes me feel guilty.