Organization is important because it saves you time, money, and emotional energy.
Have you ever noticed that when it comes to organization, most people fall into extremes? One the one extreme a person is so organized that it appears they must spend all of their time organizing. But on the other end of the spectrum are the people who don’t seem to be able to find anything. (just the thought of that makes me feel anxious!) There are also the “middle men/women”. These are the people who are very organized in some areas of their life, and completely disorganized in other areas. Ok, I admit it, I am one of those people.
So why is organization important? Contrary to what some people might believe, being more organized actually SAVES you time, not costing you more time. There is some time costs up front – after all, you need to organize that mess, and that takes time. But in the long run, you will save way more time than you spent organizing in the first place, or maintaining what you have accomplished.
Imagine knowing right where to find something – no looking around, no stressing out that you won’t find it.
Imagine 2 different households. Mrs. Smith’s house is very organized, while Mr. Miller’s house is in complete disarray. Income tax filing time comes. (touchy subject I know) Mrs. Smith knows right where to go to find each and every piece of paper that she needs in order to file. She also knows what last years’ username, password, and filing amount was, to use for direct deposit this year. She decides it is time to file. And she is probably filing as early as she can because organized people develop the habit of getting things done asap, instead of procrastinating. Mrs. Smith grabs what she needs very quickly and her taxes are done in no time.
Now imagine Mr. Miller trying to complete his taxes. He has no idea where his W2 forms are, and he is becoming more upset the longer he looks for them. He finally finds them, only to realize that he doesn’t know what his username and passwords are from last year. Now he is really upset. After looking for another hour, he finally has everything that he needs. Mr. Miller jumps into his car, and realized that he is almost out of gas. Stops at the gas station only to realize that he can’t find his wallet…. Need I go on?!
Life is so much easier when you are organized.
Disorganization not only costs you precious time and emotional energy, but it can also cost you your hard earned money.
How many times have you, or someone you known bought an item, only to realize 3 days later, that you already had a few of those items laying around the house? Yeah, I am guilty of that one too! Have you ever had to throw out items such as clothing, books, or decorations because they got damp and covered in mold? Had that box not been sitting on the floor under a mountain of junk, you might have noticed that the box was continually wet.
Don’t waste any more emotional energy, time or money on disorganization!
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