Top 5 Benefits of Being Organized

In reality the list of reasons to keep ourselves organized are endless. There were times even in my own life that I would have given anything for someone to come and help me with things in my home, to help me focus again and regain control. Its hard to focus on tasks at hand when we have so many things in our life competing for our attention.  We all face challenges that can ultimately create disorganization and clutter. The juggle between work and personal life is a struggle at the best of times. If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves swimming in a pool of negative emotions.

We have listed a few of the big benefits to being organized:

  1. Reduces Stress Levels

What is stress? “Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” It can be experienced mentally, physically and emotionally.

Its been proven that if we can organize our mind we can organize our life. By simply changing our mindset we can become less anxious therefore more focused which can result in greater productivity.  As  someone who has always tried to create a clean and organized home, I remember times when it would be weeks before I could bring myself to clear a certain area of my home because of stress. Its hard to be productive when you are feeling frustrated, anxious or stressed out.

One of the things I’ve learned is that by taking control of my emotions and recognizing what I’m feeling I tell myself “they are just feelings”  , they will pass, they don’t define me and they will not control my day.  Hard at first but completely doable!  

Do you ever see that full basket of unfolded laundry, and get frustrated just looking at it?  Acknowledge the feeling of frustration, but try looking at it a different way. The shirts and towels can’t fold themselves, so.. it needs to be done. As much as I don’t want to do this task… it is what it is…I try not to think and just do. I practice this often with things and feel so glad I took the ” Get-R-Done” approach! It helps me to deal with the dreaded task on its terms and to deal with it effectively. Most importantly it leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment. 😊

2. Positive Image

Procrastination- “the act of delaying or postponing a task or set of tasks”  James Clear.

When our homes are cluttered our personal image immediately becomes affected. Have you ever felt embarrassed when someone dropped over unexpectedly and things were…well…a little out of order? We all have at one point or another.

I know that when I procrastinate on getting something done the first emotions to creep in are guilt and shame.  I have since learned that procrastination does not necessarily equate to laziness, however, it can lead us to having a low self-esteem, negative thought patterns and poor sleep because its always on your mind.

Sometimes we just don’t know where to start or how to manage something and this leaves us feeling overwhelmed.  I know first hand how good it feels to finally achieve that clean, clear and organized space to live in each day. Its like a sense of “lightness” and freedom. It brings joy and calm to my life. Some of us may benefit to having someone come in to help. Someone we feel connected with who understands us and our situation. Reaching out to a professional organizer you feel you can trust is a great first step to help get you on the right track. 😊

3. Increased Productivity

Ever since I can remember I  have always been a “list-maker”.  Having goals and creating “to-do-lists” works great in helping me keep focused and on track.

Having things in easy reach when you need them is vital in order to capture the moment when motivation hits you to clean or organize something. When I was working in my previous career and commuting daily, my life was so hectic that every spare moment was used in an attempt to be productive in one form or another. If I had to go looking for something it was game over! I found myself spending too much time on things that didn’t matter adding to feelings of guilt because I didn’t do what I set out to do.  It takes far less time doing something when you have everything you need in a clean, organized location rather then spending time looking for things.  

4. Saves you Money

There was a study by Brother International U.S that showed companies lose $177 billion dollars annually due to clutter. Whooh..that’s a lot of coin!

I can’t count how many times I have gone to the grocery store and bought something for a recipe only to discover I already had it.  Buried in the back of a cupboard or pantry. Or having to throw out something because it spoiled and didn’t quite make it to the dinner table that month.  Getting to a point where I could sit down one day per week and prepare a grocery list directly from a weekly menu I prepared was something I had to train myself to do. I didn’t have the mind set and we were constantly flying by the seat of our pants never knowing what new challenge each day was going to bring. The process of sitting down with someone to go over exactly what we do each week/month for meals and seeing how much we are spending/wasting is a practice I value.

5. Better Work/Life Balance

Work, family, children activities and taking time for ourselves are all competing tasks.

I remember the days when both my husband and I were working out of town. We each had anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hour commute each way. I remember feeling torn between catering to the needs and activities of my family, keeping our home clean and organized all while trying to build a successful career. Leaving home at 7am and returning at 6 pm, barely seeing or even speaking to each other each day was not the kind of life I had originally envisioned for our family.  These were challenging times and one that I won’t soon forget.

Sometimes we need to just stop, breathe and refocus on our own needs and that of our loved ones. What is important to us? What do we value in life?  Family, the need for good sleep, exercise, eating healthy, satisfaction out of our careers, giving back to our community.  Taking the time to realize we simply can’t do everything and learning what things to let go of is a positive first step. Delegating tasks to people in our lives can also free up much needed time for ourselves.

“I hope some of these benefits help raise some questions to ask yourself in your own mission to create an organized life! If you need any advice or assistance I would love to hear your story.” Alana B. 💕 featured a great article on “How to Get Your Life Back Into Balance”