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Thursday, September 5, 2013

3 Reasons to Get Organized

Earlier this summer, I gave a lesson to the women at my church about getting organized.

I've already blogged about How To Get Rid of Sentimental Clutter.

And you can check my Lazy Hanger Trick, which lets you see which clothes you wear and which ones you don't so you can get rid of them.

But I'm getting ahead of myself.  The first step in getting organized is wanting to get organized.

So if you need a reason to get organized, I've got 3 good ones for you:


According to a study done by IKEA 43% of Americans categorize themselves as disorganized.  We spend 55 minutes a day looking for things we can't find.   Eliminating clutter reduces an average of 40% of housework.  So being organized can save us time and energy since we won't be looking for lost things or cleaning all that clutter. 

And I bet you didn't know that

“Also an uncluttered house looks cleaner than a clean house that's cluttered”


When you don't have piles of papers everywhere, you can pay your bills on time, thus avoiding late fees.   It's estimated that 23% of adults pay they pay bills late (and incur fees) because they lose them.  You can also find what you have, rather having to buy something again because you can't find it.


Having clutter stresses us out.  We are running late and can't find something.  Guests are coming over and we have to "hide" all our clutter.  Managing the volume of clutter has been directly linked to elevated levels of stress.  And women are more stressed out by clutter than men.  One of the main factors that leads to heart attacks and other serious illnesses is stress.  So by reducing clutter we can eliminate stress and increase our health and overall well being.

In the eternal perspective of things, this life is short.  So what does that have to do with organizing?  Everything. 

The whole point of getting organized is to create more time, space, and energy in your life for the people and things that matter most.

However, getting rid of clutter can be hard to do.  There are several reasons we hold onto clutter and when you understand why you're holding onto something, it can help you let it go and declutter your life.  So stay tuned for another post about the reasons we hold on to clutter and how to combat them.

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