Life maintenance can be repetitive, thankless work. Putting things away and tidying up are usually not anyone’s favorite tasks. However, they keep your household running smoothly. Oftentimes, because of busy schedules, these tasks get pushed to the bottom of the list. Then, by the time we go to tackle these tasks, they are overwhelming and stressful.

What if there were a better way to get organized?

 

By developing organizational systems, you can tackle tasks one bit at a time, before they become unmanageable. First of all, let me clarify what I mean by being “organized.” By no means do you need multiple matching bins and specialty gadgets for an organized home. The goal of organizing is for every item to have a purpose (even if that’s just to be pretty!) and a home.

If there’s no designated place for something to go, you can’t expect to put it away. Next, you need systems for maintaining that organization. There’s no magic product that will transform your space or your habits. It will take effort to keep things organized automatically, but I promise it will be worth it.

Some benefits of maintaining an organized home:

 

1. It cuts down on stress.

Studies have shown that clutter can negatively affect mental wellness, especially for women. Similarly, it can induce a physiological response, like raising levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. You may not even know it, but a disordered environment can be a background stressor and make you feel irritable.

2. Everything will go more smoothly.

An excerpt from the Big Rocks Organizing blog in Portland, OregonWhen your home is organized, you know exactly where to find what you need, when you need it. Your space is available to be used. You don’t need to clear your desk off before sitting down and working on a project. You can relax on the couch without having to move laundry. Imagine effortlessly navigating your day. A smoother day is part of self-care, and this is a great way to add self-care to your routine.

3. Model good organizing habits for your kids (or housemates!)

It can be difficult to get everyone on board with keeping a house tidy. The “do what I say, not what I do” method is sure to keep others from doing chores. If you aren’t “walking the walk,” it’s going to be twice as hard to get others to do their share. Organizing is a taught and learned skill, like anything else. Many people live in cluttered environments because that’s what they grew up with. On the other hand, if you model good habits, others will pick up on them as well. Very few people like living in a disorderly house, but some need to learn how to keep things tidy in a way that doesn’t seem too burdensome.

4. An tidy home is a safe home.

An organized home is just safer. There are fewer obstacles in your way (whether it be for a quick exit, or just to get to the bathroom without tripping over something).

5. Your house won’t get messy every time you go shopping or bring in the mail.

With organizing systems, you can deal with everything you bring into your house. You know where it should go, and you have space for it.

6. You can use your rooms for their intended purpose.

Most of us have had that “someday” room at some point. That space that we intend to turn into an office, home gym, guest room, or craft room, but it ends up being a dumping ground. By dealing with clutter and keeping it contained, you can reclaim that space for what you really want to be doing.

Being able to keep up with your home maintenance tasks can make everything else go more smoothly, and it can open up time for you to actually use and enjoy your space.

Please join me for my “Habits + Maintaining Organization” presentation on July 21, 2022! I’ll discuss how to organize in a way that works for you and give you tips and strategies for setting up and maintaining your organizational systems. We’ll discuss your challenges and troubleshoot solutions to get you back on track. Plus, you’ll receive exclusive content (printables) to get you started. We hope to see you there!