Goodbye to bad rubbish. Hello to reduced stress and extra hours.
I have a question, how much time do you spend searching for things? It could be your favourite “going out” top, a kitchen utensil, important paperwork, a CD (OK, maybe I’m showing my age a bit there) I forget we have Alexa now! However, you get my point, and let’s be honest, Alexa hasn’t progressed to finding things in our wardrobes ………..yet!
Let’s dig deeper and think of seven good reasons why it would pay us to declutter and organise our lives.
No 1 – Lost Time
A survey by IKEA determined that the average amount of time spent looking for something can be up to 10 minutes a day. This may not sound excessive to you but that actually equates to over 6.5 months of an average life. Just think of all the amazing things you could have spent that time doing – nights out, holidays, or perhaps just chilling peacefully at home.
Next time you lose an item, think about where a “forever home” could be and try to put it back there when you’ve finished with it.
No 2 – Tidy Home (Desk), Tidy Mind
Perhaps a slightly irritating quote, especially if it reminds you of your least favourite schoolteacher! However, it can’t be denied that there’s a lot of truth in it:
- If your surrounded by chaos, then chaotic is what you will feel
- If you’re amidst a clean and clear environment, it will have a calming effect to your well-being
Be realistic though, a home doesn’t need to be immaculately tidy, to create a calmer state of mind, taking small steps daily can help to create this sanctuary.
No 3 – Reduce Anxiety
Anxiety is a word we have been hearing more and more over the last 2 years, and for good reason. There has never been a time we have had to spend so much of our days shut indoors, it’s been a challenge for us all.
A cluttered dis-organised home would have added to that anxiety, whereas living in a state of equilibrium would help to lift your mood, giving higher levels of serotonin, a hormone that helps to stabilise your mood, happiness and general wellbeing.
No 4 – Finding Treasure
Yes, I really did say “finding treasure”. When you take the first steps to organise your home, it will involve de-cluttering, which can be fun (yes really!) I can guarantee that you will find things you’d either forgotten you had, or thought were lost forever.
It’s like that feeling you have when you put on an old coat and find a tenner in the pocket.
No 5 – Extra Pennies and Helping Others
A bit of an extension on number 4 is when you find something you no longer want or need. It will not only bring welcomed space, it can also equate to someone else’s treasure. Just because you no longer like or need it, doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t be delighted to own it.
Involve the children, finding toys and clothes they’ve grown out of could bring them extra pocket money or help another child that needs them.
A charity I’m involved in, that welcomes pre-loved items, is Shaw Trust, they believe that everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life. I’ve de-cluttered many a home and dropped a boot full of treasure their way – for more information, click on the link below:
No 6 – A Happy Home
How many arguments have you had with your partner or children because either you or they can’t find something? It’s OK, I’m not going to hold you to an answer!
One thing I do know is that for many of you the following will sound familiar: you’re rushing to get to work on time, or to get the children to school and the location of your keys or their PE kit or book bag is a complete mystery. Just think, if those things had their “forever home”, your life would most certainly be made easier.
However, with the best will in the world, one thing I can’t promise, even with your finest organisation skills, is that this will never happen again. Nothing is teenager proof!
No 7 – A Sense of Pride
There’s a great advert at the moment, I think it’s for Wickes, which talks about suffering with “housebarrassment” – someone is coming to visit at the last minute and the house is in chaos – in this instance its to try to sell you a kitchen.
Put the same scenario with a turbulent and disorganised home and you will probably have that same reaction of wanting to put that person off coming.
With your newly organised home, you’ll be proud to welcome guests through your door.
Once you’ve organised the space in your home and have a place for everything and everything in it’s place, then keeping on top of it will take minimal time but give you maximum benefits.
Organisation isn’t a skill we were born with, though I’m sure you know people you think were. I’m not denying it isn’t easier for some than others, but it is something we develop over time.
I’m not actually a minimalist, just believe in keeping the stuff we love and need – here’s one of my favourite quotes:
“Being organised isn’t about getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person: it’s about living the way you want to live, but better” – Andrew Mellen