If there is something we can all agree on, it is that we all strive for a more balanced life. In the past two years, I have dedicated most of my time developing systems that could help me be more organized at home while managing my time better. Simple things like setting 3 daily goals, or planning your meals in advance, can have a big impact in your life. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you, my 10 reasons why you should be organized.
Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing, have become my lifestyle. Here is what striving to be neat can do for you.
1. Clears Your Mind
Whenever I am decluttering and organizing, I slowly start feeling renewed. There is something about the process of sorting, tossing, and cleaning that brings me peace and reduces my stress. Making room in drawers and shelves helps clear your mind too. Maybe you will find something you’ve been looking for and it will bring you joy, or maybe it will help you with a current situation you’re in.
Two months ago, I thought I lost my debit card. I called and canceled the card immediately. But even after I canceled it, I was still nervous that someone could have found it, and somehow use it (’cause you never know these days!). Two weeks ago, I found the card tucked in a wallet I only use when I travel. I breathed a sigh of relief instantly!
- Read more: Decluttering and Organizing 101
2. Saves You Time and Money
Simple organization projects, like creating an organized junk drawer, helps you reduce the time spent looking for misplaced items such as keys, or sunglasses. No more running around like a chicken with the head cut off looking for things. Likewise, when you write things down and plan ahead, you are able to see the things you need to do first in order to get something else done.
Another system that has never failed me is meal planning. My ‘happiest’ weeks are the ones when I have planned my meals ahead. No more guessing what’s for dinner at 5 p.m. Avoid those last minute food shopping trips that make you go out of the way, and end up making you spend extra money on unnecessary things.
- Read how Setting Daily Goals can help you save time and money.
3. Gives You Flexibility
When you’re an organized person and know how to manage your time, you are more flexible. You will find that there is always an opening in your day for unscheduled situations, even for an impromptu cup of coffee with a friend. Being organized does not mean you have to be rigid and stick to a schedule religiously. Au contraire, my friend! When you have your tasks organized, and things like your meals, or your laundry day are planned, you can spend some extra time doing other unscheduled -and sometimes fun- things, and still have your life under control.
4. Sparks Your Creativity
My organization projects always end up in some kind of DIY project. Whether you are cleaning your bathroom cabinet, or looking for a way to get the kid’s toys under control, there’s always an ‘aha moment’ that makes you feel creative and gives your imagination a little boost.
When I couldn’t find a way to neatly organize all my home decor and seasonal items inside the powder room closet, I created these wood covers for wire shelving.
- You can also read my project: DIY Drawer Dividers for Kitchen Utensils
5. Sets an Example
We all battle with our kids and spouses, asking them to put things back where they belong. But, do these things really have a place where they can be put away?. When things don’t have a designated place where to be stored, we can not expect others not to leave them scattered around the house.
Lead by example and commit yourself to be an organized person by creating zones where things can be put away (e.g.: backpacks, electronics, shoes, sports gear, toys). By doing this, you are setting an example for the people that surrounds you.
- You can also read: 5 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy
6. Organizing is Contagious
Along the same lines of leading by example inside your own home, you will find out that organizing is contagious and it spreads like fire. My mom, my sister, my friends, and neighbors, they all have praised my organizing methods and have asked me to help them get organized too. It’s in our nature, we all strive to be organized people, but not all people ‘have it in them’ because they don’t know where to start.
My advice to you is: start somewhere. Once you pick up the first paper off the kitchen counter and look for a folder where to file it in your office, you will start a chain reaction that will take you to create a system for organizing all of your paperwork.
- You can start by creating a morning routine, read: 5 Ways to Avoid the Morning Rush
7. Promotes Charity
Every time you declutter, you are not only helping yourself but others by giving away, donating to charity, and passing things down to friends and family. And there is nothing greater than helping others. You don’t need to do a full blown decluttering session to pick out things for charity.
Young kids, for example, grow out of their clothes and shoes quickly, so it will only take 15 minutes to sort through the closet, drop the items in a bag or a box, and pass them on. Likewise, spend 15 minutes sifting through your pantry, and donate those snacks that you bought for your children to find out ‘they didn’t like them’, and donate it to your local church, or food bank. Always check expiration or best by dates.
- Check my system of Getting Organized 15 Minutes at a Time
8. Increases Self-Esteem
Feeling accomplished is a great feeling. Having the kid’s school clothes ready the night before, serving a healthy meal to your family, finishing homework, paying bills on time, are only a few examples of things that when done right and in a timely manner, boost your esteem and make you feel proud of your efforts.
Take some time to write down a list, identify your priorities, make a plan, and execute it.
- First step What is a Brain Dump and Why Do You Need One
9. Makes You Love Your Home
When you don’t have to pick up things off the floor or move papers around to clean a counter, chores like dusting or vacuuming, are done faster. Your house will look and stay clean for longer periods. Decluttering your home, donating to charity, and organizing the things you love, allows you to identify areas you need to improve in your home. So, treat yourself and purchase a new basket to sort your laundry, or a new shelf to display your favorite books. Breathe calmness and serenity by walking into your organized and uncluttered home.
- Lear to love your home, room by room: Organizing Your Home: The Essential Guide
10. Enhances Family Relationships
Last but not least, you become a better person. With a flexible schedule, you will find more time for your family, and with reduced stress, you will have a better relationship with others.
Your family will adapt to the new habits because they’re led by example, and when everyone in the household is on the same page following an established routine, the family relationship improves. Spend less time asking for things to be picked up and put away, and more time doing things that matter.
How has your lifestyle improved by being organized? Share it!