How To Make Life Easier: Benefits To Getting Organised

On a logical level, I understood the benefits of getting organised, but in practice – well, let's just say that I wasn't good at pulling it all together.

I'd often double book.  Sadly I hadn't mastered the skill of being in two places at once.  I'd be in a rush to get somewhere, but some imp had hidden my car keys and please don't get me started on my spending habits.  I was forever buying things only to find that I already had them!

Thankfully those stresses were behind me once I got my act together and started to organise myself better.

Because when you lead a more organised life, whether that's organising the home, your mind or simply the way you live, you'll enjoy a more peaceful and healthier life.

At The Heart Of Getting Organised

The biggest culprit that stops us from getting organised is clutter.  Whether that be physical or mental.

When we surround ourselves with a lot of noise, including physical items, we quickly become overwhelmed.

So, if you spend the majority of your time feeling tired, drained and overwhelmed, it could be down to the clutter that surrounds you.  You may have heard the saying, 'a messy home equals a messy mind.' Well, it's true.

Getting organised isn’t just a good idea because your mum said so.  There are many benefits to being in control and developing a clutter-free lifestyle.

The Benefits To Getting Organised

If I could categorise the benefits to getting organised, which made a significant impact on me, I'd say they were:

  • Less stress
  • More time
  • Increased energy levels
  • Better health
  • Reduced spending
  • Greater productivity

Not only did these benefits help me feel better about myself – who would say no to more time!  But I also felt that I was more in control of my life and what was happening around me.  How life became a lot easier as a result.

So if you want to learn about the benefits to getting organised, read on.

The 6 Benefits To Getting Organised

Less Stress

I admit that my disorganisation caused me to be a complete stress head.  I didn't know where anything was.  Not so critical at home, but when you aren't on top of where you are on projects at work, that can be really serious.

When you're organised, you're automatically less stressed.  You know where you can find your:

  • Keys
  • Purse
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Important papers

Finding the essentials becomes less stressful when you have a place for everything in your home and office.  I now have a system where I put my keys, handbag and phone whenever I come home.  My phone charger stays in the same place in my home office, and I have a filing system set up for all my personal papers.

Another great tool I adopted in the last couple of years is a Bullet Journal.  Got to love the idea of writing everything down and then happily crossing it off!

Looking for a way to beat stress?

Becoming more organised could be the key.  When the home and mind is disorganised, it adds to much stress into your life.  However, when things are cleared away and kept in order, it instantly releases this stress, leaving you feeling much happier.

More Time

Another benefit to getting organised is how planning your time and keeping up to date means you can allocate time for everything in your life, including rest and relaxation.  Self-care, which includes decluttering, is essential in today’s manic world.  Read my article What Is Self-Care And Why It Makes You A Better Person.  In addition, when you're organised, you don't get side-tracked or panicked by not finding important things.  No more "have you seen my car keys, anyone?"

The result is that not only will you be more productive, but you'll also become more punctual.

If you were to add up all the time you spent trying to locate something you had 'misplaced', I bet you would be surprised at how much time you could save. 

Increased Energy Levels

Okay, it might seem counter-intuitive, but putting effort into planning and organising your life gives you more energy.  You're less stressed because your mind isn't obsessing about all the things you have to do.  When you have a plan and know you can get it all done, you're in control.  If your papers, ideas and tasks are in order, you can see a way through.  Life is no longer a chaotic mystery!

Have a go right now.  Tidy up your work desk or a countertop and see just how much of a difference it makes to your energy level!

Better Health

Researchers have discovered a link between organisation and lifestyle choices, and I agree.  Studies have shown that being organised has health benefits.  For example, lower stress levels mean lower blood pressure and less body inflammation.  As a result, your immune system is stronger, and you're less likely to be at risk of depression.

When you have a more organised life, you tend to have a healthier diet and a better exercise regime.  So to start with the additional time you have, you can exercise more and prepare meal plans.

Another benefit of getting more organised is that your risk of heart attack will reduce.  What!  Bear with me on this.  To be organised at home, you need to consistently carry out numerous tasks.  These could include:

  • Cleaning
  • Tidying up
  • Decluttering

And this all adds up to more activity.  Free, easily accessible exercise without the expensive gym membership fee.  Organised people are more likely to be on the go rather than sit on the sofa binge-watching television.  Plus, exercise is good for your mental health.

Did you know that when you lead an organised life, you're much more likely to make healthier choices?

According to research, those who are more organised tend to eat healthier and exercise more.

So, if you need to improve your health, it could help to improve your organisation

Reduced Spending

How often have you gone to the supermarket and repurchased the same thing when you don't need it?  I know I have.  Before I got myself organised, I used to buy more cleaning products in every shop.  Once I started to store all cleaning products together, I realised that I could single-handedly clean 50 houses without running out of anti-bacterial spray!

It was the same with notebooks.  Unfortunately, I had no idea where my notebooks were, so I ended up buying new ones.

Not expensive items, but these small things do add up.  Plus, they take up more space.  So when you get organised, you'll manage your finances better and the room in your cupboards.


Greater Productivity

We become less productive when we're overwhelmed.  Still, when your life is running smoothly, you're much calmer and in a better mental position to deal with things.  For example, you can look at your to-do list without going into a blind panic because you know you can do it.  You know that you can tackle the list task-by-task without feeling overwhelmed.

Another benefit to gettering organised is that you are ready for the unexpected.  So last-minute requests or deadlines won't freak you out because you won't be distracted by the untidiness or the mental cloud of not being quite sure where things stand.

Besides, clutter zaps your motivation and energy levels, which reduces the number of tasks you can do.

Take Action

So, if, like me, you understand the benefits of getting more organised but fall short of putting it into practice.  Now is the time to take action.

If you want to have:

  • Less stress
  • More time
  • Increased energy levels
  • Better health
  • Reduced spending
  • Greater productivity

It's time to get organised.

Numerous websites look at decluttering.  One of my favourites is Organise My House.  Chrissy covers all things organisation when it comes to home.  I particularly enjoyed her article 15 Easy Ways To Start Decluttering When Feeling Overwhelmed. 

A Final Thought

When you're more organised, it signals to others trust and reliability.  If you are on time, follow through on your commitments and are ready for whatever life throws at you, you'll project an image of professionalism and responsibility.  You'll also gain more respect from your colleagues and family.

Plus you can go from stress-head to calm confidence.

About the author Alison

A qualified UK based coach with 30 years of experience in personal development.

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