Staying Organized to Reduce Stress
Being organized is an important key in living a less stressful, more peaceful life. If you're constantly having to remember important dates on the fly, chances are you'll miss them. If you don't remember where you put something, you end up wasting valuable time searching for misplaced items. If you're constantly over-scheduled, you end up feeling stressed, overwhelmed and downright exhausted.
As a wife and a mother, I have such a busy schedule. My husband and I both work from home, we currently homeschool our eldest child and our youngest is just getting ready to walk. There is always a large amount of housework to be done on top of everything else, as well as finding quality time to spend with extended family and friends. It has been a struggle, juggling all of our responsibilities, but I have worked diligently to implement strategies for organization -- of our household, our finances, our schedules and our housework.
Although I'm still working on refining and further organization as I write this, I have noticed great relief in some areas that I have built into my daily or weekly routine. Things fall into place more easily and I end up having a little more "me" time at the end of some days. It isn't always easy, but it's definitely well worth becoming more organized in our lives. We are calmer, less anxious and things generally flow more smoothly.
Tips for Better Organization
One of my most favorite tips for better home organization comes from FlyLady.net. Declutter in just 15 minutes a day. Each day, set a timer and tackle clutter fifteen minutes at a time. That way, you're not left feeling overwhelmed with the sheer amount of decluttering that needs to be done overall. Break the BIG tasks down into small parts. Before you know it, your house will be decluttered, AND, if you continue the 15-minute-a-day decluttering habit, the clutter stands NO chance of building back up again!
15 MINUTES A DAY KEEPS THE CLUTTER AWAY!!
Make it a habit to clean your kitchen every night. Start with a shiny sink. And, if you're a coffee drinker, preset the coffee maker the night before. It is such a peaceful thing to wake up to a nice tidy kitchen and coffee at the ready!
Speaking of 'the night before', I have a routine in the evening that includes getting as much ready for the next morning as possible. I set out my clothes for the next day, prepare and organize my son's school work for the next day, I make sure my almost-toddler's toys are tidied up and not left to lay all over the living room floor overnight.
Make use of the many and plentiful apps that are available for organizing your life. I use an online calendar to schedule in my workouts for each month so I don't need to think about it from day to day. Each day, I simply do the workout I've scheduled for myself. Also, I no longer beat myself up about missing a workout here and there because of scheduling conflicts or just plain running out of time and/or energy! I am only human, NOT superwoman. :)
Taking some time to organize important aspects of our lives not only leads to reduced stress, but it also leads to a more harmonious, happier and more peaceful family life, with more time to do what's fun, what's interesting and best of all -- we can enjoy life more fully by not stressing over what's next or what we've missed.
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment, and I will do my best to assist you. If you have any tips for organization that work for you, please let me know. I'd love to bounce further ideas around!