one size fits allThere is really no such thing as one size fits all in any aspect of life.  You probably see this term most often with articles of clothing.  Ok, maybe in that way it could be true, although I’m skeptical.  Since everyone is unique, how could this work?

According to Wikipedia – “One size fits all” is a description for a product that would fit in all instances. The term has been extended to mean one style or procedure would fit in all related applications.

It’s true that the meaning of this term is typically related to products, according to Wikipedia, although they mention an extension of the term.  They are talking about a size of clothing that may fit a range of sizes. It could be true if you don’t mind how the garment fits; loose or tight.

There is another meaning that refers to the extension above, according to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. It states, ‘a one size fits all attitude, method, plan etc., is designed to please everyone or be suitable for every situation, often with the result that it is not successful’.

The reason the result is often not successful, is because as mentioned above, everyone is unique. I’ve often mentioned in previous posts that everyone is different and what works for one, may not work for another. There are very few situations where a one size fits all approach works well.

This is especially true with organizing spaces and time.  Every client I work with is unique, so I need to understand the way they think, their natural habits and routines.  Not to the nth degree, but to some degree, so I can create solutions that they will understand and consequently, be able to maintain.

If I would create a solution to a client’s organizing challenge, that let’s say, works for me, it may force the client to change their behavior, because it’s a drastic change to what they’ve been doing.  It won’t work. My job is to create solutions that work for each individual person based on their unique needs.

So, if you’re thinking that organizing is a one size fits all solution, think again. The most successful solutions are tailored to fit your needs, your style and your life.  If anyone tries to give you a one size fits all solution, find someone that will provide tailored solutions just for you!