Nowadays, with the hectic life we lead, being organized is crucial. The sense of order is innate in 25% of people, but how do we get organized if we belong to another 75%? And why is this so important?
As you can imagine, it is crucial to be well organized because it will improve your productivity, reduce your stress and give you more control over time, space and activities that shape your life. Being more organized means having more time to oneself. The organization will also provide you a great sense of personal satisfaction and inner harmony. Finally, you will be one of those who have control over their lives. Organization will give you plenty of benefits, since clutter prevents prosperity, health, happiness and money to find their place in your life. It creates physical, mental and emotional blockages. The space freed up by your meticulous organization will allow you to fill your life, with whatever you love and cherish.
How do you restore order in the clutter of your lives? Simply follow the general principles of organization.
Principle 1: The decision
You will never hold yourself better if you do not take the decision to change yourself. The decision will be the hardest part, but it will also be the most beneficial. We are resistant to change because we feel helplessness or fear against the initial discomfort associated with it. However, these changes will be for the better.
Principle 2: Get Involved
Find a place for cleaning in your list of priorities. Tackle first what is visible (just like you would if you were moving houses). Sort, recycle, give, take, organize, repair and clean. Find a place for each object and install a device if necessary. Once a place for each object has been fixed, all household members must take care to store the object there when not in use. Once the visible objects are done with, move on to the drawers and closets.
Principle 3: Every minute counts
It is possible that you cannot devote yourself to a large household two days at a go but you may find some free time between your chores. Make every available minute accountable. For example, if you have two minutes, you can sort the bunch of pens on your desk and throw away ones that are dried up. In five minutes you can sew a button. In ten minutes, you can chop up some raw vegetables and leave them in the refrigerator. Just try these techniques and see the difference. You will see that these small gestures provide a great sense of accomplishment and help you make things pretty easy.
Principle 4: Collaboration
Whether for spring cleaning or for starting all the small daily chores, it is imperative that each family member pitches in. Even at the age of one year, a child may contribute to the family organization. What better opportunity to teach you little one to put his toys in a basket? This is a worthwhile investment for parents who later will not have to urge their children to stow their personal belongings!
Principle 5: Rigor
Once of the simplest and most cost effective ways to maintain a household is to put things where they belong as you go. Are you done using the glue? Put it in the drawer. Finished reading the newspaper? Put it in the recycling bin. These few seconds invested will keep your counters, tables or chairs from disappearing under a mountain of objects lying around. Consider the peace of mind when you walk into a clean room that invites you to read your favorite book or watch a movie.
Principle 6: Personal goals
Setting goals and writing them down is the best way to see things change. Take some time to decide what your organizational goals are and how soon you plan to achieve them. Be as specific as possible and break up your challenges. Have you achieved a goal? Record it down to keep a track of your progress. Imagine the pride if, in addition, you complete your tasks before the deadline. And most importantly, once you achieve your goal, reward yourself!
In conclusion, remember that each step towards a better organization is a step towards greater freedom.
Did you know?
Human beings need 21 days of continuous practice to adopt a new habit and 30 days to blend it into a lifestyle. So if the introduction of a principle of organization does not work instantly, keep going at it!
Keep a bag handy. Slip a pencil, paper, articles or mail to read, clothing darning needle and thread. When an appointment is announced, take it with you. You’ll see how short the waiting time seems when you get there.