Why get organised?
Surely you don’t REALLY need to, you have got by until now so why rock the boat?
But just look around you, you may not even be aware of what effect being less organised is having on you, your family and your home.
Do you tend to be a very reactive person?
Do you forget – or are late for – appointments regularly?
Do you spend time looking for things around your house, or shouting at others in the house because they haven’t done something?
Well, these can all be as a direct result of being disorganised, and its not fun.
There are so many reasons to get organised, and I have compiled my Top 10 list for you, and please let me know if you think of others.
Having good reason(s) to get yourself organised is the key to getting started and staying motivated.
In fact, if you can visualise your life as it will be once organised, you will be more determined to get there!
I hope these reasons will get you motivated, and give you that kick start you may need. I look forward to hearing how you get on!
#1: Be less stressed
I have added this one first, as it can have such a dramatic change to so many parts of your life when you are not stressed anymore.
You can avoid so many arguments and the building up of resentment with members of your family when you are organised, as people understand what goes where, whose responsibility jobs are, and where people need to be and when.
Stress is a mental anxiety which can build up over time and have a serious affect on your health and wellbeing.
Even if you live alone you can suffer from stress as a direct result of being disorganised – just seeing disorder in your home every day when you walk through the door, or constantly forgetting things, can trigger it.
It can be horrible to live with stress (I know this first hand), and if you can get yourself more organised, however small the changes seem to be, they can really make an impact for you.
Just think what it would feel like to walk into your home and know that everything is under control, you have scheduled time for all the jobs around the house, and everything is in its place so can be found when needed – BLISS!
A cluttered home = a cluttered mind”
#2: Be richer!
Here are a few ways to maximise your income and reduce your outgoings through being organised, and who doesn’t want to save money to spend on the more important things in life!
- Don’t waste money off vouchers – having a system in place will ensure you use them by their expiry date
- Use store cards or money back credit cards IN THE RIGHT WAY to maximise cashback – it really is money for nothing and if managed well can soon add up
- Understanding your finances and budgeting / saving well will ensure that you have money for rainy days, and for the more important things in life. Getting the to end of the month with money left will be a lot easier when you manage your finances and get them organised
- Saving money – when was the last time you checked that you aren’t spending on things you don’t need? old direct debits for insurance for items you don’t own anymore, subscriptions to magazines you don’t want to read anymore – just seeing things on your statement can ensure that you reduce your waste.
- How many times have you had to go out and buy something as you can’t find it in your house, only to find it a few weeks later? – What a waste of money AND time….which leads me nicely onto:-
#3: Have more time
Picture this – you have had to go out and buy and item that you can’t find, or a present for someone whose birthday is tomorrow and you had forgotten etc…. – even if its only 5 minutes to the shops, you will still end up spending around an hour on the trip – and what if you are then sidetracked by other shops – it doesn’t take long for the day to go and for you to feel like you haven’t achieved anything.
You need to ask yourself how much is your time really worth? can you afford to waste your time, and what would you do with extra time if you had it?
Being organised creates more time, as you spend less time searching for things, less time doing chores and errands, and manage your diary well.
#4: Reach your goals
What would you do with an extra hour in your day?
Wouldn’t it be great to have time to work towards your goals and dreams, rather than look back on what you didn’t achieve?
Making a list of the things you want to do in your life can really make you see whats important, and whats not.
You may be wasting time and energy on the wrong things, but being disorganised may be hiding this from you, just leaving you with the feeling that you aren’t achieving things.
It can be very demoralising to finish each day feeling like you are getting nowhere.
Simple organising tricks can help you to achieve more with the same amount of time, and focus on whats important to you.
#5: Have more energy
How much energy do you waste searching for things and running back and forth to the shops, and how much mental energy do you waste on thinking about what needs to be done next or who needs what for the following day?
Physical and mental energy can both be very draining – and leave you exhausted at the end of the day – and if you have wasted this energy on things that weren’t necessary, this is even more draining.
Being organised means that you can focus your energy on the things that matter.
Never underestimate how much energy is needed to be disorganised – far more I would say than it takes to be organised.
#6: Stop wasting things
Waste can be something you have lost, something that hasn’t been eaten before it goes off, petrol for errands that could have been avoided, money that has been spent for no real reason etc….
Getting organised can help create good habits to stop waste, such as menu planning, shopping lists, budgeting and being prepared (such as having a stock of presents bought in sale time that can be used as gifts throughout the year for people – they end up getting a gorgeous present and you haven’t had to spend a fortune).
#7: To maximise your life
Making the most of everyday is key to a happy life. You don’t want to look back and regret wasting time on the wrong things.
You want to have memories of great times spent with those you love, holidays, learning new skills etc…. rather than of a disorganised life where you never really got round to doing anything fun or that you truly loved.
Who doesn’t want to make the most of their life?
It can be so much more fun when you aren’t constantly playing catch up and drowning in a sea of paperwork / washing / errands etc….
#8: To teach your children a major life skill
I have an absolute passion for organising, and really believe that all children should be taught the skills required to lead an organised life and to be prepared properly for when they leave home.
Everyone has to live somewhere, and learning how to manage a house and all that goes with this can be some peoples undoing.
Simple budgeting, schedules, routines, habits can be learned from a really young age and can become part of a childs makeup long before they will need to use it in real life.
If schools don’t teach this, then it is up to parents to provide that role model – what better gift could you give a child than the ability to function well in adulthood?
Children are always watching their parents – and they will learn from how you live.
If you are organised then they will naturally learn how to be organised themselves.
#9: To always be on top of things
Peace of mind is a great motivator.
To always know that things are being taken care of, that your family can run the house even if you aren’t there, and to be able to relax at the end of a long day and not have to keep getting up to do something that pops into you head, would be great!
Organising means that those niggles that something needs doing, will be minimised.
You won’t have to keep things in your head as you will know where to write them down and where to find them when needed. Your TO DO list and your diary will be key to achieving calm in your life – however hectic it actually is!!
If you want something doing, give it to a busy person”
#10: Increase productivity
Getting organised can help you become the person you really want to be – on time for appointments, no wasted journeys, never forgetting birthdays, house always good enough to have people over at a moments notice, clothes ready to wear etc…
The key to being productive is great time and diary management. With these two skills mastered the rest will fall into place.
So, are you ready to get started?
You have to be willing to change and to invest time into getting organised, and having a reason to get organised really does help.
I suggest visualising what you ideal life would be like, and aiming for this – no doubt that some of thes reasons above will be in that vision.
If it helps to motivate you, write down this vision and put it somewhere that you can see it every day, so it always stays in your conscious.
You will get there, if you get started!
As always I say that I don’t believe that anyone can be 100% organised in life, there is always room for more – what I want you to strive for is whats right for you and your family/home.
Setting realistic targets and achieving them will be key to your success, not aiming for something impossible that you may never achieve. Find the reason that will motivate you today, and take the plunge!