Would a boost to make better choices around eating and being more generous
be of interest to you? Ok, you asked for it; there are wonderful benefits of being
organized! So, mom was helping us make better choices in what we ate by telling
us to clean our room. Who knew?
There are still more benefits to being organized. They won’t be found when
curled up on a couch reading a book even though it feels, it is one way to avoid
clearing or cleaning up. Having a minimal amount of a routine and system for
keeping our home and life in order produces benefits beyond helping our health.
It is hard to imagine but picking up a pile of dirty clothes or clearing a countertop
produce boosts in our energy. Being organized can relieve stress, boost energy.
Nearly every time I leave a client after working side-by-side, they later report to
me they kept working to clear after I left, their home felt so good to them. In
the anticipation of an appointment it is also reported to me that energy kicks in to do
some clearing. As I work with clients, they learn a system of arranging their things
that makes sense to them and they want to continue to work with the new
system. The benefits of having order in their home boosts better choices and
gives them energy that translates to a more productive life. Why would we want
to deny ourselves the benefits of having order in our home in in our daily life that
It is true it takes some effort and energy to get to the place of having order, but
the dividends are huge. Studies have shown families with more order in the home
has less stress, make better dietary choices and are more productive. Just think
how cluttered bedrooms interfere with restful restorative sleep which equates
to more stress. Projects left unfinished contribute to the induced stress.
Would it be too much of a stretch to say having order saves our lives?
If you are convinced having more order in your home would be beneficial, would
you want to know how or where to start? It is suggested by experts to start with
one room and have a goal for that room. Maybe the kitchen is where you want to
start. There is one helpful resource ready for you at How to Right-Size. Or using
the same principles for the kitchen, the bathroom may be the place to begin. The
goal is to have cleared off countertops as much as possible for the space. Next,
go through each drawer and limit what is kept to what is used and needed every day.
Then go to the cabinet below the countertop and do the same; only keep what is
used and regularly needed. Once diapers were found in the cabinet under the
sink that were intended to be given away years ago. Time had passed and the
children that used the diapers were in junior high school! It is too easy to let the
contents in drawers and cabinets take up permanent residency. We created our
own squatters living in our homes without realizing it. Have a good laugh and
remove the no longer needed items and give them away if possible.
Let’s review the benefits of having order in our life and home: better dietary
choices, greater generosity, less stress, greater productivity, better sleep. The goal today
is to give you a boost to think about the benefits of being organized and give you
some direction to get started. The health of your entire family rests on the home
having order and a system for maintaining for everyone to contribute and
participate in the regular habit of having order. Perfectionism is not the goal, that
in itself induces stress, the goal if a sense of order that generates feelings of calm.
Today would be a good day to take 20 minutes to clear and let go of a few things
with no sentimental value to you as a starter exercise. You are welcome to text
me and report how that felt to you.
Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community
Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson
Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.
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