8 Reasons Why I Live an Organized Life & Why is is Important
Are you looking to have a more balanced and organized life? I think something we can all agree on, is that answer is YES.
We all want to live a more balanced lifestyle.
But how do we do it?
Personally for me it has taken a complete overhaul on how I organize my life. I couldn’t figure out why it was so important to be organized, until I figured out my reasons. Up until that point I was just organizing just because other people were.
Once I figured out my reasons on why having an organized life was so important for me, I found myself wanting to do it more!
Organizing is addicting. You start one place and then you want your whole home to have the same organized feel.
Whether it is making a to-do list for each day or organizing my closet by necessity – organization can have a major impact on your life.
I thought it would be beneficial for my readers to understand the 8 reasons why I think it’s so important to be organized.
From there hopefully you can create some reasons for your own life that will inspire the organizer in all of us!
(or feel free to use my reasons, I love to share)
Reason 1: It Clears My Mind
When I sit down to declutter or organize an area of my home, I can slowly feel my mind tensing up less and less. I function best when my space around me is organized. That’s just the simple fact of it.
Some people don’t, and that’s okay too! Someone told me one time, “your mind can only be as productive as your surroundings.” I’m not sure if I read that in a fortune cookie or it was a mantra my fifth grade teacher told me – but it has stuck with me ever since.
The process of sorting my things, organizing them in an order I understand, and throwing away clutter reduces my stress.
I also find it extra rewarding when I finally find that one thing I was looking for, ya know three months ago. Little moments like that also add to my overall mental clarity.
Obviously this won’t be a reason for everyone! But for me, it’s a big deal and a big reason on why I continue living an organized life.
Reason 2: Increases My Flexibility
When you are an organized person, odds are you know how to manage your time. Even if you aren’t good at managing your time, you at least have a specifically curated plan to follow.
Once you have mastered this skill you will find yourself being more flexible in adding things to your daily routine. If you know that carpool takes 45 minutes each morning you will know that you have an x amount of time to get a coffee with your friend.
Let’s clear up a common misconception: Being organized does not mean you are rigid and must 100% of the time stick to 100% of your schedule.
Instead, think of a schedule as a helpful guideline to follow for your daily activities. There is room to move things around or simply not achieve a task. But the main point is if you ever find yourself not knowing what to do, or overwhelmed, you have your organized schedule to look back on.
Reason 3: Saves Me Time & Money
Two things I want more of: time and money. Since I can’t simply wave a magic wand, I have to deal within the parameters that I currently have.
Let me start with an example: I’m looking for a particular Apple watch band to go with my outfit for a big interview. Instead of rummaging through a junk drawer in my closet, I simply walk over to the area where I keep all my accessories and find it with ease.
I don’t know about you, but the act of having to look for something when I know exactly where it should be is infuriating. I like to carry this into all aspects of my home, which is organization is a key step in time saving.
Just like with my watch band example, when you plan things out and write them down, there is no question of what you need to get done. You simply start with your list and work your way through them.
So how can organizing save you money? Imagine you cook for a family of four. (Is anyone’s inner self saying “yes that’s me!”) If you were to sit down once a week and meal plan, you are creating a list of necessary shopping items. When it comes time to shop, you have your goal and list in front of you. You will end up spending less money if you go into grocery shopping with a plan.
That’s the essential point I am trying to make. When you face aspects of your life with an organized plan, you can save yourself time and money. Try applying this mentality to other areas of your life!
Reason 4: Sparks My Creativity
I’m not going to lie. I find organizing my home so fun because it is a creative outlet I can plug into.
When I see a cluttered area or a failed organization plan, I like to sit down and brainstorm ways that I can fix it. Ways that will make it more efficient. Ways that will look better and function better.
I live for those little “aha moments.” The ones where I have a problem and I finally figure out a way to fix it.
Pinterest is my best friend for these kinds of moments. I recommend looking online for similar scenarios and see how other people fixed them. After a while your brain will probably start to think like an organizer, and you can come up with results on your own!
Don’t get me wrong, the labels and the pretty baskets are great too! But being able to use my problem solving skills is far more rewarding than the completed task for me. It’s challenging and fun all at the same time.
And you end up with a beautiful finished product: Win, Win, Win! (this is what Michael Scott would call the ultimate goal)
Reason 5: I Appreciate My Surroundings
Coming home to a clean and organized house is like walking into a hotel. Everything looks clean and put together, and you just instantly relax.
Creating time throughout your daily life to clean and organize as you go can lead to some incredible stress relief after a long day.
Imagine working 9 hours just to come home and see your cat had knocked over your half full coffee cup. You left it out on the counter when you were done with it, instead of just putting it in the dishwasher. Instead of coming home to a mess, you could have come home to a clean kitchen.
While yes, it takes extra time to set your cup in the dishwasher, does it compare to the 10 minutes it will take to wipe up dried and sticky coffee off the floor?
(I won’t even mention the fact that your cat probably had a caffeine rush and ran rampant throughout your house while you were gone…)
When your house is picked up on a regular basis, daily cleaning activities can go by far quicker. You don’t need to pick clothes up off the closet floor to vacuum, because you’ve already hung up your clothes when it was time to laundry.
A clean house is a happy house. I truly believe that. That’s why it’s so important to me to keep up with my organizing throughout my home. For me, it makes it worth it at the end of the day.
Reason 6: It’s Contagious!
When you sit down and watch a deep cleaning YouTube video, are you inspired to clean your house too? That is exactly what I am talking about with this reason!
Small victories count too. Each time I brush my teeth I make sure my toothbrush and toothpaste are back in their little cup. After a while, my boyfriend started doing the same thing too. When I asked him why he said “It looks good when it’s like that.” HA. He didn’t even realize that he was organizing!
You may even get some requests from friends and family to help them get organized. Let me tell you – that is a great compliment!
At the end of the day, we all want to be organized and have a more organized life. Some people don’t achieve it because they simply don’t know where to start.
For those people, here is my advice. Just start somewhere. Once you start with one task, it will typically start this chain reaction that will lead you into hours worth of organizing. Before you realize it its 10 pm and your whole closet, master bathroom, and under the bed storage is labeled and organized.
If you are looking for a way to get started organizing any room in your house, check out my post! It’s a simple 5 step process that will help you organize any room in your home!
Reason 7: Sets An Example
Whether you are organizing your home or restructuring your office’s paper flow – setting an example of organization can get the people around you doing the same thing.
When your kids are looking for a place to put their toys, do they have a designated area to go to? Does your spouse know where the folded towels will go? How are we supposed to expect others to be organized if we aren’t ourselves?
If you want to have an organized lifestyle, you will have to lead by example. Maybe you won’t be able to organize your entire office, but what if your desk mate started doing it? Wouldn’t that little change help?
The same goes with your home! Set examples for the people around you. You may be surprised who all can benefit from organized surroundings.
Reason 8: Organizing Increases My Self-Esteem
Okat, I get it. This one may sound a little selfish, but if it works it works right?
When I sit down and finish an organizing project, I feel accomplished. Who doesn’t want to feel that way all the time!
You should sit down and write out your priorities, right now. Once you know your goals, write down a plan to achieve them. Next step? Execute!
Now apply this strategy to other areas of your life!
Do you want to be more organized with your bills? What about the kid’s homework timeline. Or do you simply want to have your clothes set out the night before.
Whatever your goal is, write it down, create a plan, and execute. When those things are done promptly you will see an increase in your self esteem. It’s this sensation that you are proud of the effort you put in to make that action happen.
There you have it! My 8 reasons why it’s so important to be organized and live an organized life.
Remember, this list will look different to everyone. The main takeaway is that you figure out why maintaining an organized home is important to YOU.
When you’ve got those reasons figured out, you will find yourself doing things to meet those goals (whether you notice it or not).