Today I am starting a new series I have planned for you. Many of you desire to get organized. You might even think there are some magical secret tricks organized people have to stay organized … Well, we do have tricks, but the magic only exists in the follow through. Here is one of our secrets.
People who are able to organize their homes and keep them organized usually have something very important in common.
Secret #1: HAVE LESS STUFF.
You could be thinking “duh” or you could be thinking “I thought organized people just had pretty containers and clever ways of storing all the junk”. Whatever you think, I am here to tell you it is true: The less stuff you have, the easier it is to get and stay organized!
Clutter causes what is really important to get lost in the sea of unimportant. If you have a stack of papers and most of those papers are unnecessary or trash, and then inside of that stack of papers are super important documents like birth certificates and social security cards. All of the unimportant stuff makes the whole pile seem unimportant and it is hard to find the good stuff. What can also happen is that the few valuable items gives the entire pile of trash a false sense of importance. You may find it difficult to get rid of the pile, because you know there are a few important things inside.
Remember: There is an actual cost associated with everything you keep — monetarily, physically, and mentally. Consider that you are paying ‘rent’ for the valuable space all of your belongings take up. These belongings also rob you of the peace you could feel with a clutter-free life.
The truth about too much stuff:
- Clutter slows down productivity and causes stress. It is hard to focus with so much competing for our attention!
- Clutter causes sickness. When your home has too much stuff, none of it gets the cleaning it really needs, which leaves dust and germs around to wreak havoc.
- Belongings become confused with relationships, which then diminishes our relationships.
Be honest with yourself.
“Maybe in an alternate universe you’ll finally go camping with the tent in the basement, whip up a scrapbook with your stash of 10-year-old craft supplies and reread every book on the over-stocked shelf. But what about right here, right now? ‘Holding on to things ‘just in case’ provides comfort and a sense of security, especially when so many have lost so much in these uncertain economic times … But think about what you’re sacrificing—kitchen counter space, room in the garage for the car, a ready-for-company living room. You’re swapping your quality of life for some imagined future.’ Instead of worrying that you might miss an item, think how relaxed you and your family will be amid all the free space and order that you’re creating in your home.” (Meredith Janson from Family Circle Magazine)
One last thing. Why does getting this secret right helps with so much else? —-
Less stuff means less housework! The clutter and mess you need to clean up is limited to the quantity of what you own!
What do you think? Did you already know about this secret? I can’t wait to share more with you!