SELF-IMPROVEMENT

Step 13: Get Organized

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I am not a very organized person even though I like to think of myself as one.

I love organization in every sense of it.
I love a simple, stress-free, clutter-free home and life.
I love it when everything has its place and things are done orderly and timely.
I love it when someone picks something and puts it back in the place it was taken from…

But this is not always the reality.

The meals, the kids (when nephews and nieces come visiting), the housework, the work, the blog…

If there is something we can all agree on, it is that we all strive for a more balanced life.

This is to say that we all occasionally love hacks and tweaks that make getting and staying organized easier.

Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing has been my lifestyle for a while and I want to get better at it.

I am dedicating most of my time to developing systems that could help me be more organized at home, work while managing my time better. Simple things like setting 3 daily goals, starting your day the night before, simple DIY hacks, or planning your meals in advance, can have a big impact in your life.

I have realized that one way of creating the life we want is to get organized and maintain balance in our work and home lives.

Do you believe in balance? I have to say I don’t believe it exists except in yoga! Can you have a balanced life? Pardon me, stepping on the pen.

You can come close.

How can it be humanly possible to have everything in your life “in balance” at all time? It’s a pipe dream if you will. Why strive for it? There is absolutely no way to have everything in your life “in balance.” Hang with me!

Work, family, kids, school, business, church, sports, relationships, friends, stress, home, pets, personal time, exercise, relaxation, vacation, sleep… and it goes on and on. It is a hard one, but I have come to terms that my life will never be “balanced.”

Sometimes the balance scale tips one way or another and my attention is needed. Just like that, I’m pulled somewhere else, and I’m out of balance.

Since I’ve pitched the whole idea of searching for “balance “ in my life, I realized that I was searching for an impossible. I abandoned that whole crazy idea of “finding balance, ” and it made me less stressed, more productive and happier.

I give my attention to where it is needed, without feeling “out of balance” in other areas of my life.

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So the goal of getting organized and maintaining balance isn’t to make your house pristine or have everything on your scale ‘equal’; it’s to make your life more functional and help you pay attention to what is needed at a time.

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you, my 10 reasons why you should get organized. 

10 REASONS TO GET ORGANIZED

1. Have more time to do things you love to do.

While getting organized requires an investment of time, you’ll get this time back many times over. This means you’ll have time to do things you enjoy more…like a favorite hobby, or spending time with family and friends.

2. Save money.

Getting organized can also help you save money. If you buy duplicate items because you can’t find the one(s) you already have, then you’ll see a quick payoff by getting more organized. What’s more, being organized can also help you save money if you use your newly honed organizational skills to take advantage of money-saving deals.

3. Socialize more.

Disorganization can be very isolating. If you’re embarrassed about how your home looks, you may avoid having people over. Likewise, if you feel guilty about your clutter, you may find it hard to go out and do fun things, because you feel you should be home organizing. By getting more organized, you’ll be free to socialize more. When friends drop by unexpectedly, you’ll be happy to welcome them in, and when you get invitations to go out, you’ll feel able to accept the invite guilt-free.

4. Be more focused.

Clutter is also very distracting. Your piles taunt you with unfinished tasks, and worries over what isn’t getting done. When the clutter is gone, you’ll find it easier to stay focused on the important tasks and people in your life.

5. Be healthier.

When you’re organized it’s easier to make healthy choices. You’ll have more time to exercise and plan (and cook) healthy meals.

6. Love how your home looks.

Clutter isn’t pretty. (There’s just no way to sugar coat it!) But, when you declutter and organize your home, you’ll be much happier with how your home looks—even if it isn’t perfect. In time, you may actually fall back in love with your home again.

7. Eliminate stress.

Let’s face it, clutter and disorder creates a tremendous amount of stress. It’s stressful to worry about what you’re forgetting to do or to be unable to do something because you can’t find the things you need to get the job done. As the clutter builds, so does your stress. But the good news is that this works in reverse, too. Every step you take to reign in control over your clutter relieves stress until ultimately you will eliminate clutter-induced stress altogether.

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8. Get unpleasant tasks done more quickly.

Clutter creates inefficiency. If you have to clear off the kitchen before you can begin cooking, making meals takes more time. Likewise, if you have to work around piles of clutter on tables, bookcases or floors every time you clean—cleaning takes more time. But, when you clear the clutter and get organized, you’ll be able to get these unpleasant tasks done faster and easier. Which means you will become more productive.

9. Have more energy.

Clutter drains our energy. If you don’t believe me, walk into the most cluttered room in your home and simply take note of how you feel. Is it harder to breathe? Do you feel stressed or anxious? Then, think about the last time you decluttered and organized. Remember that energized feeling? When you clear the clutter your home will energize you, which means you will have more energy and feel better.

10. Save time.

When you get organized, you’ll save time and a whole lot of it at that! If you currently spend time looking for misplaced items or rifling through stacks of paper looking for the electric bill (that was due yesterday!) then you can see firsthand how being disorganized costs you time. Because of this, every step you take in the direction of more order will have a pay off in time saved going forward!

There it is, my top 10 reasons for getting organized.

 

Pick the ideas that connect most with you and why you crave more order in your home and life.

Write them down and put them someplace where you can see them anytime you need an extra dose of motivation to keep moving forward.

Get ORGANIZED

Over to you: 

What do you think about maintaining balance? Is this something possible? What are your reasons for getting organized? Are they one of the reasons I’ve listed above, or do you have other reasons of your own? Share your reasons in the comments! I look forward to hearing from you! 

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