Organization – Does It Take Too Much Time?

Organized ClosetThe most common excuse people give for not organizing is the lack of time. But while it’s true that organizing can involve several hours of work, being organized actually creates time.

When you compute all the minutes that you lose on, say, looking for the car keys that you misplaced, versus the time it takes to put up a key rack, you’ll realize that you actually made a long-term investment — instead of an expense. And the extra bonus: organizing doesn’t just save you time, it saves your sanity as well!

Some people hold on to their clutter, because they think it gives their homes “character.” After all, if a home has no messy sections, it looks as if no one lives there!

The problem with this excuse is that it confuses looking clinical with looking neat and well put-together. No one is saying that walls should be colorless and drab, with accents kept to dull shapes and figures. You can have a warm and inviting home without the clutter. In fact, the only personality a messy home brings is that of a stressed-out and confused home owner!

And then there are those who resist de-cluttering a home because it means some actual work, and re-learning where everything is.

This excuse is a bit lame, for the same reason as to why the first excuse is a myth. The only thing you should ask yourself when considering organizing your home is this: is my present way of doing things still working for me? Or better yet, answer this: can I be more effective, more productive and more relaxed if I change things up a bit? If the answer to both is a resounding yes, then there’s absolutely no reason to regret the sweat!

The comfort level for disarray differs from person to person, so don’t assume that just because you know where stuff is, that others in your home do. For all you know, you are the only one who gets your logic and it may actually be a major cause of stress for others. Have you asked them?

The best way of organizing a home is to organize as a family. Confirm first if your personal “system” of keeping track of things resonates with everybody else. Communicate your boundaries as well — if “too neat” drives you nuts, then ask the family to relax the rules now and then.  This way, your “mess” won’t annoy somebody else, and you get to learn new skills on how to compromise.

Organization and time are true companions. Trust me, I have lived with clutter and lack of organization and remember what it feels like. Take the time to take those first steps and start your path to organization success. Enjoy your new way of living!

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