The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Sloth

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Lazy feet Here’s the next installment in my sin series, following lust, gluttony and greed. I am a proponent (and a practitioner) of the lazy school of organizing. Some say that anything worth doing is worth doing well, but some tasks really just need to be dispatched as expediently as possible. Necessary evils such as making the bed should be as easy as pulling up the comforter and smoothing it out.

But there’s a limit to the efficacy of laziness. When you commit the sin of sloth, you’ve stopped being clever and effective. I wrote a post about shoe organizing based on a complaint I heard. A friend’s shoes were being ruined because she threw them in a heap on the closet floor where they scratched and damaged each other.

In Latin, the sin of sloth is acedia, which translates to carelessness. Now, possessions are just things, but you might as well take care of them unless you want to throw your money away. Mistreating your stuff is simply wasteful.

To avoid sin:
Find the balance between maintaining your things and your surroundings in good condition, yet spending the smallest amount of time and effort on those tasks. Honor the possessions you bring into your life; or pass them on to others who will.

Lazy feets from That Guy Who’s Going Places’s photostream.

2 thoughts on “The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Sloth

  1. Claire, miss clutter coach. I was reading your articles and enjoying them. I have noticed my unwillingness to clear things out and the amount of money I have spent on items that are not used, rarely used or are uncherished. Thanks for such a thoughtful blog. I actually write a blog on ukulele stuff and I have a “non-uke section” where I have a link to your blog.
    I read a book on the happy minimalist and am perhaps currently close to the opposite extreme. Clearing out, or selling stuff on eBay takes a while.
    I have reduced my ukulele collection down to three now.
    Thank you.
    Jeff W.

  2. Claire, miss clutter coach. I was reading your articles and enjoying them. I have noticed my unwillingness to clear things out and the amount of money I have spent on items that are not used, rarely used or are uncherished. Thanks for such a thoughtful blog. I actually write a blog on ukulele stuff and I have a “non-uke section” where I have a link to your blog.
    I read a book on the happy minimalist and am perhaps currently close to the opposite extreme. Clearing out, or selling stuff on eBay takes a while.
    I have reduced my ukulele collection down to three now.
    Thank you.
    Jeff W.

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