Why Organize At All? Benefits To Organizing And Having Less
Did you know, the average home in the United States has doubled since the 1950s? Did you also know the number of household members has decreased? Yet, 1 in 11 households has to rent a storage unit. So basicallyhouses have gotten bigger, families have gotten smaller, yet we still dont have enough space for all of our stuff and have to find additional storage elsewhereyikes!!! Heres another staggering statisticits been said that the average 3 bedroom home has 300,000 items in it. What? Really?!!!! That just seems insane, doesnt it? And thats a heck of a lot of stuff to manage and take care of.
In my last post, Why We Cant Let Go Of Our Clutter, I discussed some of the sociological and psychological reasons why we have so much stuff. In this post, Im going to suggest we combat those urges to have more stuff and offer you some benefits to organizing and having less. Are you interested? Okhere we go:
Youll save money.
Its pretty simple: less stuff = less money youll have to spendespecially on off-site storage rentals! Also, knowing what you have and where things are located youll save money because youre not rushing out to the store to buy duplicate items of things you have but werent able to find. Youll also save money on going out to eat if your kitchen is organized and youve planned your meals in advance. And how about this? Youll save money on late fees and intrest rates if you have a good system of tracking and managing your bills.
Youll have more usable space.
By having less stuff youll be able to properly utilize desktops, counterspace and your dinner table. You can have adequate space for your children to play and do homework instead of having to search and clear a space for them to use.
Youll help avoid analysis paralysis.
When you have too much stuff, sometimes its difficult to make decisions. Take clothes for example. When youve got too many clothes sometimes you waste time figuring out what to wear. Ladies, you know what Im talking about dont you? Yes, Im stereotyping but I know some of you have spent 1-2 hours planning for a trip because you couldnt decide what to wear and pack in your suitcase. Am I right? HeyIve been there too. And what about your kids? Give them a hundred options of what to play with and theyll be frozen trying to decide. Give them only 3 and the choice is pretty simple.
Theres less to clean.
I used to have a lot of knick knacks and a lot of plants. Those extra things used to cost me time and energy having to clean, dust and maintain them. I dont know about you, but I am not a fan of dusting. Yesits necessary, but I dont enjoy doing it. So the less I have to dust the quicker I can get on with cleaning and the quicker I can finish!
You can invite guests over without hesitation.
Most of us love spending time with friends and family. Wouldnt it be nice to be able to have them over to your welcoming and comfortable home without feeling embarrassed or in a rush to clean it up? Well, you can have that. By getting your home organized and by setting up simple systems and routines to maintain your organized home, you can easily have guests over without breaking a sweat!
Youll be more productive.
By having systems in place like a weekly schedule of chores, a dinner plan, allotted time to run errands, a combined family calendar, and clutter cleanup routines, youll know what times are reserved for specific tasks and what times youll have to work on other priorities in your life. Sporadically running errands and doing chores makes it very difficult to manage your time. Instead, if you have a firm grasp on your time, youll be a heck of a lot more productive.
Youll have better concentration.
I would say for most people, clutter can be very frustrating and very distracting. Thats probably because those piles of papers, heaps of laundry and sink full of dishes are haunting you and reminding you of all the stuff you still have to do. Personally, I cannot concentrate on work when my office is a mess. In college, I vividly remember my sister and I cleaning our apartment before we studied for exams because we couldnt concentrate. Clutter is a concentration killer!
Youll save time.
They say the average person wastes about 55 minutes per day searching for thingskeys, files, tools, clothes, etc. Thats a lot of time over the course of a year! One of the key components to being organized is having a place for everything and everything in its place. By knowing exactly where things go you wont waste time searching for items.
Youll have a sense of control.
Control = Confidence = Nicer You! Professional organizer, Elizabeth Hagen has a book and gives speeches about how to, Organize With Confidence. She tells a story about how disorganized she was at one point in her life and how that disorganization really affected her self-esteem and her relationships. She admits she wasnt a very pleasant person to be around. But once she started to get organized, she noticed she had more confidence and was a lot more pleasing to be around.
Youll have a feeling of calm and peace of mind.
In one of my graduate courses, the professor asked all of the students to introduce themselves and tell everyone where their favorite place in the world was. Folks rattled off places like the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Swiss Alps, Ireland, Japan and so on. When it was my turn I simply said, my home. No matter where I livedan apartment, a dorm room or a a houseIve always been able to make it a beautiful, comfortable and relaxing place to be. My home has always been my sanctuarymy escape from the hectic jobs and life I lived outside of it. The last thing I wanted after a 10-15 hour day at work was to come home to a place that caused me more stress and anxiety. So I made it a place of peace and calmthats what having an organized home is all about.
So there you have it. At least 10 reasons and benefits to organizing. And if that isnt enough, heres one more reason: