The most common problem most people have with getting rid of clutter and getting organized is not knowing how to begin or where to get started. So it gets put off until…later.
Of course, the reasons are usually decent. For one, there’s a lot going on in our lives. We go in so many directions and there never seems to be enough time to get anything done. And it’s easier to put organizing off because you think it’ll take up too much time right now. The other priorities — like eating and sleeping (minor things, right?) of course take first on the list.
But getting organized doesn’t have to take a lot of time every single day.
And if you don’t start getting organized, even just a little bit at a time, there are some very real negative affects that, well, could kill you. A little drastic… I know.
But the affect clutter and disorganization has on your health is very, very real. It adds stress to your already busy life. It sucks away your energy and makes you tired. In many people, it increases the symptoms of depression. But enough of the negative stuff!
Here’s how we can benefit from being organized and getting rid of clutter…
- More sleep.
- A better mood every day.
- Better relationships.
- Easier house management.
- Your bills get paid on time.
- More space.
- More time to do things you actually enjoy!
This is all very real stuff and getting organized should not be put on the back burner any longer. But I know…it’s still too easy to put it off for “later.” I will admit, the here and now makes it easier to pile things on the counter, on chairs and tables or toss things in closets and drawers. It’s too easy to put things down and ignore my simple and important rule of “touch it once.”
Though, like I said earlier…clutter can be deadly. No joke. Just take a few minutes to watch Hoarders. Very sad, and very drastic stories. How many days went by when these people procrastinated and said they would “get to it tomorrow.”
Now I hope your situation is not as drastic but reality is reality. And unless you get things under control right away, you just don’t know what a disorganized house can lead to. At the very least I bet you’re feeling stressed and a little frustrated with a real desire to simplify your life at home.
It’s not a lot to ask, is it? And we all know stress is not good.
But maybe your situation isn’t so out-of-control, and you just want to get rid of clutter and get your things in order. Or you need to manage papers better because once in a while you forget to pay a bill that was sitting somewhere in a pile (because you don’t have a real system for your bills — which you need.)
No big deal, right? After all, what’s a $5 payment here or a $35 late fee there? It adds up.
So how ’bout you take a step towards ending clutter in your home and getting organized…before it kills you?