Organization hasn’t always been such a huge part of my life. It’s only been the past 7 years that I’ve really started to reap the rewards of living an organized life. And now I’m an Organizing Junkie, how do you like that! But you see when I started to see the impact of a life lived with less clutter and chaos I wanted more and more of all the benefits I was seeing. The rewards experienced are life changing and many but today I’d like to concentrate on the six that have made the biggest difference in my life since I began my journey. It was the birth of my youngest son that sparked a desire in me to simplify and slow down — not so I could pack even more into my day, but so I could really enjoy all the benefits that simplicity and organization have to offer. Now that I’m addicted to the “high” that comes with it, I want to help others get “hooked” along with me.
1. Less frustration
Disorganization and clutter can be the cause of so many of the frustrations that occur in our lives each day. It can be absolutely annoying to have to spend time searching for something over and over again. From car keys to paper, it can be aggravating not being able to find what we need when we need it. Anything from cluttered cupboards to tripping over toys can start our day off on a bad foot (ha!) and leave us feeling grumpy and flustered for the rest of the day. Having organized systems in place allows you to free yourself from the daily frustrations that impact your day. Plus not losing your mind trying to find something you need in a hurry is absolutely freeing.
2. More money
When you can find what you need when you need it means you won’t be wasting valuable dollars replacing the items you cannot find. Not only do duplicate purchases cost you precious dollars but they also add to your clutter load as well.
3. Better health
Stress caused from disorganization and busyness plays out in so many ways. In a recent Martha Stewart Living article, Dr. David Spiegel explained that our bodies react by releasing stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, the lungs take in more air, and heart rate and blood pressure rise. If stress becomes constant, it can lead to headaches, trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, and weight gain or loss. It can also increase the body’s susceptibility to infections.
I know this to be true because at the height of my busyness my cortisol levels were through the roof. I experienced many of the side effects listed plus many many more. At the time I thought this was normal. Slowing down and simplifying taught me that it isn’t.
4. More time
Busyness is not an indication of success. When you become more organized and efficient at handling your day-to-day affairs, the natural tendency is to want to fill that extra time with more stuff and more activities. However, to maintain your sanity, it is important to recognize that down time is a productive and worthwhile activity that should be embraced. In addition, time saved just from not searching high and low for a much needed item is huge. It should never be necessary to spend more than a minute looking for something.
5. A great example for your kids
You maintain the standards with the examples you set. By modeling the organized behavior you want your children to emulate, you are teaching them the benefits of organization and simplicity from a young age so that it becomes a natural part of who they are.
6. Less housework
I have discovered that an uncluttered home lends itself to less cleaning. When everything has a home, clean up is suddenly a snap. Less clutter means less time managing, corralling and cleaning that clutter, and that, my friends, is a very sweet reward!
These are just a few of the many rewards of living an organized life. Have you experienced any of them lately?