I am writing this blog post as the person who is ultimately organized and masterfully un-organized at the same time somehow. I have seen and experienced both sides of organization and chaos. I am a mother of three so I know all too well the challenges that come with that. But I also have seen how being organized has the ability to transform your life to be more fulfilling, enriching, and more peaceful. Here are my top favorite 15 benefits of being organized and my reasons why you should be too!
The human body is made up of tens of thousands of integrated biological and neurochemical systems, all of which are organized…even at the atomic level, we are well-regulated and well-organized. It wouldn’t be surprising, then, if the reason we crave symmetry and cleanliness in our homes is to mirror the organization within our very own bodies. Neatness and order support health — and oppose chaos.Physchology Today
Being Organized Saves you Time
People spend an extraordinary amount of time looking for things that are lost. You run around on school mornings looking for yesterday’s homework, or looking for your child’s lunch box. Then don’t get me started on how many times the remote has been lost!
But the fact of the matter is that if everything in your house has a home, to the best of your ability, then you will always know where things are.
It’s just a given that you will spend a significantly less amount of time looking for lost items if everything has a home and if you get in the habit early on to put things away where they go. Give yourself the gift of time by being organized.
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Another benefit of being organized is that you are able to be more productive and get more things done throughout the day. Some people may make fun of your list-making but the reality is, is that people who are organized are significantly more productive.
Being organized helps you to focus on the tasks at hand and enables you to accomplish them more quickly. I often notice that when my desk is cluttered with random items like pencils, kid’s homework, etc., it is a lot harder for me to focus on what I am supposed to be doing at that moment when I am working.
I make it a habit every day to clear my office desk to help me be able to focus more and be more productive.
It Brings Peace into Your Life
Coming home from a stressful day of work to a chaos-filled, cluttered home, only increases your stress. If you come home to a clean well organized home, it definitely helps to calm your frazzled nerves from a long day at work.
If you come home feeling like you have an endless to-do list at home as well, it tends to make things worse. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than walking into a clean and orderly home that smells nice with vacuum lines on the carpet! 😂 That definitely fills my bucket!
Helps You Sleep Better
Going to bed with a never-ending to-do list only adds to your stress. Learning to be disciplined and more organized can significantly help you to improve the quality of your sleep.
Instead of lying awake at night thinking of all of the things that you need to put on your to-do list for the next day, take a few minutes before you go to bed, and write down the things that you need to accomplish the next day.
That way your mind can relax and you can fall asleep easily. It also makes a huge difference if your room is organized and clutter-free. The less clutter you have in your room, the more you can avoid hyperactive brain stimulation, helping you to go to sleep easier and faster.
A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds every morning are 19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s sleep.Psychology Today
When I walk into my house and see a total disaster, I instantly get overwhelmed with not only the tasks on my to-do list but all of my house work. Even if the house isn’t very dirty but it is cluttery, it is still overwhelming!
Get into the habit of going around your entire house and doing a quick pickup every night before you go to bed.
When you wake up in the morning, I will help you start your day off with a clean, clutter-free home. I promise you that if you do this one trick every night, it will significantly help to reduce the daily overwhelm.
Decreases Stress and Depression
Living in a home that is in constant disarray and chaos has psychological effects on your brain whether you realize it or not. One of the benefits of being organized is that it brings peace, clears your mind, and decreases overwhelm.
When the stresses of everyday life combine with life’s challenges and family issues, depression and anxiety can easily set in. Especially those who are already prone to those conditions.
One of the best things that you can do for yourself to prevent bouts of depression and anxiety is to take control of your surroundings. There are many things in life that we can’t control, but if you can take control of your environment and your home life to the best of your ability through being clean and organized, and this will hopefully help you!
Women who described their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more depressed, fatigued, and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than women who felt their homes were “restful” and “restorative,” according to a study in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.Paige Fowler, Shape.com
Helps you Feel Empowered and Energized
An unforeseen benefit of being organized is how it can affect your energy level. In your efforts to stay organized, you can have a peaceful home and be more productive.
When you feel like you are accomplishing things on your to-do list instead of drowning in it, this empowers you and energizes you to do more.
It’s a cycle that feeds on itself. Knowing that you made your to-do list the night before you went to bed helps you to rest better and wake up more energized and excited for the day because you have made a list of tasks that you can accomplish in the day.
Frees up Time for Activities You Enjoy
One of my very favorite benefits of being organized is that it allows you to free up time to do those things that you enjoy most.
We don’t realize how much time is wasted when things are chaotic and disorganized. This small shift in mindset can literally transform your life!
Everyone wants more time to do the things that they love most.
What are your favorite things to do? Spend time with family? Go hiking? Read a favorite book? Think of all the time that is wasted throughout your day…when you could be doing things that you love to do instead!
Making organization a priority in your life allows you to give yourself this gift.
Helps Improve Your Relationships
Have you ever wanted to invite friends or family to your house that looked around and realized that you were too embarrassed because your house is messy?
You are in control of how organized and clean your home is. Choose to take control of the state of your house.
One of the greatest gifts we have been given in this life is the ability to form relationships with neighbors, friends, and family. Don’t let something as simple as a messy house get in the way of you inviting people over.
So much happiness can be found in relationships with others and it would be a shame to waste those opportunities.
Helps Your Self Confidence
Another one of my favorite benefits of being organized is how it increases your confidence in your own abilities to accomplish tasks and be productive. I am definitely not here to tell you that I have it together all of the time. But I can definitely tell you that there is a significant difference in my confidence when I am organized and when I am not.
When I feel like I am drowning in housework and work tasks, it’s extremely overwhelming and isn’t great for my confidence. But making the time to have a clean and organized home will increase your confidence tenfold.
Helps You Feel Prepared for Last-Minute Guests
Have you ever had someone drop by your house unannounced and you were super embarrassed by the state of your house? I certainly have! And it still continues to happen because my house is not perfectly clean and organized all the time in every space. Even though this is my job! So don’t put too much pressure on yourself if this does happen. But It does bring so much peace of mind knowing that if that did happen, you can easily run around the house for 10 minutes before someone arrives and feels somewhat put together.
I hope that this list of 11 benefits of being organized has helped you to realize what a true transformation can occur when you make an effort to be organized. The most important thing that I can tell you is that we are not striving for perfection, rather, we are striving for inner peace. Stressing yourself out making sure that your house is perfect is not going to do you any favors.
Set realistic expectations for yourself knowing that perfection is not the goal. I hope you have enjoyed reading about these benefits of being organized and that it inspires you!
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