Today has started out to be a great day! After dropping kids off at school, I ran a couple errands and headed to the local radio station to interview as their “Big Deal of the Week”, before leaving and running more errands and checking off my to-do list. I always enjoy going in and talking to Mike and the radio crew (today Kris…sorry if I misspelled!…was also on with us). The interviews are usually about 20 minutes, which includes a couple commercial breaks, and it always flies by so fast. Often I leave and wish I’d mentioned one thing or another, and today I thought it would be good to touch on WHY we should organize. So that’s the post for today! If you’re checking in for the first time after hearing the radio interview, welcome and thanks for stopping by! Be sure to snatch up those Big Deal gift certificates while the price is so great!!!
So why get organized? Maybe you think you are living just fine with the clutter, or you just can’t justify spending the time to organize or the money to hire someone like myself to come and help you. So why bother??? LOTS of reasons, my friend!
1. Save money!
This might not be on the top of your list when you think of why you should get organized, but it’s a BIG reason why you should! When you have too much stuff or can’t find something, you run out and buy it again. Being organized saves you from wasting money (and time) searching for things and purchasing duplicate items. If you haven’t planned your meals for the week, what’s your tendency? A lot of us hit the drive-thru and spend over double what we would have if we’d had a plan to make a meal and eat at home. Having a good system in place for budgeting and paying bills helps save money on late fees and interest charges. Renting a storage unit for all that extra stuff?? Think how much you could save a year by not having that extra expense!
While hiring a professional organizer may seem like one more unnecessary expense, I’d encourage you to view it as an investment. Having someone with an eye for organization and training in effective organizational systems will help you more quickly get on track, which means that you’ll start to save money now and for the long-run.
2. More usable space
When our homes are cluttered and unorganized, we tend to have stuff EVERYWHERE. The counters are full, the dining table is full…usable surfaces are tough to come by. Storage is at a minimum and darnit, that’s just stressful! By getting organized and creating a space for everything, we can more efficiently use the spaces and surfaces in our home. Then when homework time comes, there’s a spot for the kids to sit down and do it!
3. Easier to make decisions
As a childcare provider, I have learned to minimize choices for young children. It’s too overwhelming when a child has too many options, but if you give them just a couple choices, they can generally make a decision rather quickly. It’s no different for adults. When you have too many clothing options in your closet, you may stand there wasting several minutes just trying to decide what to wear. As I mentioned in the first point, not having a plan for dinner causes us to waste time trying to figure out what to eat. By putting systems into place to organize your week, and by simplifying the amount of “stuff” that you have, you create an atmosphere that enhances decision-making abilities.
4. Less to clean
Amen to this one!! I’m a prime example. Our basement, as you may know from following the blog, is a constant source of clutter and stress. It is used primarily for storage and becomes a dumping ground for a variety of things. Being a business owner of more than one business creates a need for extra stuff, especially when we have enough personal things to begin with. Every few months I have to go down there and spend hours cleaning up and reorganizing. I’ve been gradually purging, and during my 31 Day challenge, have gotten really serious about getting rid of things, freeing up floor space and making it permanently organized. Likewise, if you have a bunch of knick-knacks, you can waste a lot of time dusting and cleaning around objects. Taming the clutter will save you time on cleaning, and I think we’d all be happy about that!
5. Regain a sense of control
I don’t know about you, but I feel like my entire life (and my poor mind) is out of control when my home is cluttered and messy. By having a place for everything and everything in its place, as well as by implementing systems to organize your time, you will find that you feel more in control of your life in general. What a great feeling that will be!
6. Have friends over without worry and hesitation
Guilty. I have a history of being afraid of guests stopping over without advanced notice because with my busy schedule and an in-home daycare, I never knew what shape my house would be in. The last thing I want to do is make someone I care about feel unwelcome because I’m more worried about appearances than their company. By being organized…again, space and time…you can stay on top of a cleaning routine and keep everything in its place, so you can welcome guests, unannounced or planned, with open arms!
7. Increased productivity
When we’re organized and not wasting time searching for things, making decisions or being overwhelmed by the clutter, we are more productive! Organizing your day and week helps you set goals, stay focused on what needs to get done, and you will be a productive machine! Since time is money, that productivity circles back to the point about saving money as well!
8. Improved concentration
As I said before, clutter in the home leads to clutter and distraction in the mind. When my home is cluttered or needing cleaned, I am very distracted and have a tough time focusing what I need to do. Creating an organized space rids your mind of those distractions so that you can concentrate on what’s important! (I can’t do anything about the kids, but I can help with the clutter. ;))
9. Save time
I’ve touched on this already but like saving money, saving time is another big one! According to Newsweek, the average person spends 55 minutes a day looking for things they own but can’t find. I think all of us would LOVE another hour in our day! Think of how precious that time is and what you could accomplish if you had an extra hour. Time to get caught up, time to enjoy family and friends, time to workout, time to read or work on a craft or hobby… you could have it just by getting organized! That’s motivation for ME!
10. Create a sense of calm and a peace of mind
Wouldn’t we all love for our own homes to be a sanctuary, a place to relax and unwind? With organization it can be just that. In this fast-paced, stressful world, we need to make conscious efforts to simplify our lives and spaces and create habits and systems that lead to a more calm, peaceful lifestyle. Not sure where to begin or how to start? That’s what I’m here for. 🙂
BONUS…Get ready for this one!!! Organizing is better than sex!
You read correctly! According to this New York Times article, an Ikea survey showed that 31% of those polled felt more satisfaction after cleaning their closets than after sex. That’s the gift that keeps on giving! 😉
That’s 11 great reasons to get organized! Don’t procrastinate another minute! Check out my Services page for more information on how I can help you on this journey, and contact me today!
These tips were adapted from Why Organize at All: Benefits to Organizing and Having Less from Get Simplified.