10 Reasons to Get Organized Right Now
Looking for a good reason to tackle an organizing project this weekend? Find out how a simplified schedule and a clutter-free home or office can improve your quality of life.
Color coding is one of many tricks for getting more organized.
There’s a lot of talk these days about how to de-clutter your home, clean more efficiently, and keep everything, from your vintage hat collection to your exotic spice rack, organized. But have you stopped to consider how getting organized can improve your quality of life, enhance your relationships, and actually make you healthier and happier?
Here are 10 good reasons to start getting organized now.
1. You’ll feel luckier in life. More opportunities will present themselves and you’ll be ready to respond to them promptly. Oprah Winfrey said that “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.” By being more organized, you’ll improve your ability to respond to opportunities as they arrive. If you’re looking for work, that means you’ll be able to respond to a job posting quickly because you’ll already have a clean, crisp resume ready to send out.
Being organized is just one of the many things you can do to increase your luck. Attracting good luck is also about having a positive attitude, which is much easier to cultivate when you banish clutter which can be a magnet for stress and negativity.
2. You'll improve your overall health. When you are organized, you can focus your energy on healthy lifestyle habits. One of the most frequent excuses people have for not exercising or choosing convenience foods over healthy home-cooked meals is that they don’t have enough time in the day to go to the gym or hand chop a bunch of vegetables. By making a commitment to get organized and simplify your life, you'll have more time to exercise, learn how to cook healthier meals and save money on the cost of food since you won’t be wasting your money on pre-packaged convenience foods. You will also improve your physical and emotional energy stores because you won't be bogged down by the procrastination bug. American philosopher and psychologist William James once said, "Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."
3. You’ll reach your goals faster when you commit to clearing up the messy areas in your life. When you're home is a mess, your paperwork is all over the place, and your schedule is all over the map, you can’t focus on your priorities. You’ll waste precious time and energy doing things that don’t advance your goals. Adopting the habit of keeping things clean and organized means you’ll be able to streamline your schedule and dedicate more time and energy to your personal goals.
Stephen Covey, author of said "Once you have a clear picture of your priorities – that is your values, goals and high leverage activities, organize around them." The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
4. You’ll save money when you get your life in order. How many times have you bought something, such as a coffee maker, an article of clothing, or a gift for a family member that you needed to return (i.e.; it didn’t fit or it was defective)? Were you able to find the receipt in time to take it back for a refund? Or what about your credit card statement? If you've ever missed a payment deadline by as little as one day, you probably know that you'll get walloped with interest charges and other fees. If you keep on top of office clutter, you won't miss important payment deadlines. Saving money and avoiding debt is much easier to do when you can get a bird's eye view of your finances.
5. When you're organized, you’ll be a much more prudent shopper. You'll have a clear picture of what it is that you need to buy, rather than arriving at the grocery store with only a vague notion that you need to buy more lunch kit supplies. You’ll always know what you have, before you rush out the door to buy more stuff.
6. Household chores will be easier to manage if you get organized first. Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne said, Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” Cleaning your home is much easier to do when you don’t have to move piles off clutter before you can vacuum the floor or wipe off the counters.
7. Getting organized means you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and eliminating excess waste. And that’s good for Mother Earth. The recycling will get done every week. You’ll think twice before bringing anything into your home that will needlessly take up space. Less food will go to waste as you becoming better at managing your pantry, using up leftovers, and eating foods before they pass the best before date and half to be thrown out.
8. You’ll have more time to spend with the people who matter the most in your life. Have you ever noticed that people who are organized always find time to be there for their friends and family? Being organized means you’ll have a manageable social calendar because you’ll have time to plan for events ahead of time. You’re less likely to forget birthdays and other important dates.
People who are organized not only make their own lives better, they make your life better because they are respectful of your time. They don’t need to cancel at the last meeting because they don’t accidentally double-book their meetings. Who would you rather be: the person who always shows up late and always has an excuse for why she couldn’t follow through, or the person who honors her commitments and doesn’t waste people’s time?
9. Tidying up your office and managing your time more efficiently can boost your job prospects. You’ll make a better impression on your current or future boss, your colleagues, and any other people you meet who may have the power to make or break your career. Getting organized will make it easier to ask for a raise because you'll have a strong idea of what you have done to make a difference for your company or organization.
10. Your unwanted, gently-used good could help other people in need. By cleaning up clutter in your closets, cabinets, and cupboards and taking unwanted items to your local charity thrift shop, you'll helping local non-profit organizations raise money to fund their vital programs and services. If you can't motivate yourself to get organized for your own benefit, at least try to get organized for the benefit of your community!
Being organized creates more opportunities to give to others.
What is your main reason for wanting to get more organized?
It’s easier to out on a happy face and enjoy life when you’ve made it a priority to keep chaos and clutter at bay. When you’re disorganized, a lot of your energy gets wasted on having to make excuses for scheduling mix-ups. Feeling like you've let someone down because you missed an important date can make you feel sad.
Trying to walk across the room without stepping on a papers, toys, or other debris, blocks your natural movements and increases your chances of tripping and falling. If you think you didn’t have time to get your work done before, wait until you are laid up with a sprained ankle because you didn’t put your boots away and fell over them in the dark!
What is the number one reason to get organized and simplify your life? Your family. When you make an effort to get organized, you free your mind to focus on the things that invite joy and happiness into your life. You’ll not only create more “Me time” when you clear out the clutter and simplify your life. You'll free up more "We time" with the ones you love. It's time to slow down, relax, and enjoy your beautiful home with your loving friends and family.
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