Posted by Sue on Feb 14, 2014
I thought I’d add my two (chocolate covered) cents to the Valentine’s Day hoopla by expressing why I love organizing. If you don’t love (or at least like) organizing, consider this Love Fest countdown:
14) You’ll impress your friends, family and neighbors.
I know, it’s a pretty lame place to start (that’s why it’s #14); but praise is so satisfying.
13) Knowing your V.I.P.s (Very Important Papers) are in order and accessible.
This one should probably be higher on my list of favorites; but it’s just not that sparkly, which is also why it’s a tough one to tackle. Just think of the relief knowing that if you need your passport, you can not only find it quickly, but it’s even up to date! You never know when someone is going to invite you on an all expenses paid trip to Paris. Best to be prepared.
12) Lose weight.
I don’t know of any studies that actually link weight loss with decluttering, but I’ve seen it happen time and again. Maybe it’s the hauling and lifting, or maybe it’s signaling your subconscious that it’s okay to let go.
11) Strengthen your life purpose.
This one’s a little out there, but I ask you, how can you figure out what your life’s about when you spend all your free mental and physical energy trying to stay on top of the chaos?
10) Uncover hidden talents.
There’s real truth in theory that we knew who we were and what we wanted to be when we were 10. And then life happened and we lost our “I am” amidst the “You should.” When you organize your life you uncover puzzle pieces of your whole self – pieces that will remind you of who you wanted to be when you grew up. It’s never too late.
9) Find long-lost treasures.
Ever wonder what happened to that beautiful vase you bought years ago, or the photo album of your honeymoon you labored over? Chances are it’s in the house … somewhere. Wouldn’t it be nice to invite your treasures back where you can truly appreciate them?
8) Focus on what you really want to do.
Clutter has a loud voice that drowns out all other voices, especially that small voice inside you that would really like to express what it wants and needs.
7) Save money.
Buying duplicates (“I know it’s there someplace”), paying late fees, losing – rather than using dollars-off coupons, eating out rather than cooking in add up to dollars and cents quickly.
6) Save time.
If you could have back all of the time you’ve spent this past year looking for your shoes, your wallet or your keys, how would you spend that precious time?
5) Free up more energy for the things and people you love.
Once you’re freed from the tyranny of chaos, you have so much more energy to devote to doing the things you love with the people you love.
4) Open your home to company (without cringing).
Oh, how well I know the fear of the knock on the door. Organizing doesn’t guarantee that you’ll never experience the cringe-factor. But if guest happen to arrive on a bad-entryway-day, just show them your junk drawer. That’ll impress ‘em!
3) Be less stressed.
Need I say more?
2) Love where you live.
What would it be like to walk into your house after a long day at work and sigh a deep sigh of contented bliss? Your home is your sanctuary, not your compost heap.
And finally … drum roll, please …
1) Make more of yourself available.
When you’re overwhelmed by too much stuff, the stuff begins to define who you are, what you do and why you do it. And let’s face it, you’re a unique and pretty special human being, and the world needs more of you. So, get organized and strut your stuff!
Here’s to your loving, lovely Valentine’s Day!