It’s natural instinct to collect things. As humans, we tend to fill whatever space is provided to us, whether it be a drawer, a room or an office, with stuff – some important, some not. However decluttering and organizing your space can also help declutter and prioritize your life! Only when you have your home and office organized, you realize how much things can change—and why. Having an organized space around you is not just about being more efficient, but about increasing your power and control.
Organizing your home and office, and the effort that comes with maintaining an organization system, brings about authority, direction and precision in your actions. People who are organized are efficient and successful because they exercise deliberation in everything they do.
Learning to maintain order in your space is a training ground in learning to take time and deliberate on your daily choices in a way that feels natural. When your workplace and home are organized, you get things done in a fraction of the normal time, meaning you can focus on activities you enjoy!
Organizing Your Home
In an organized home, you feel more peaceful inside and outside. This is because there is a natural decline in cortisol, the stress hormone, throughout the day, and returning to a clean home without any sight of clutter allows for other feelings, like anxiety, to fade away since you can relax. Furthermore, if you want to have company, you won’t have the added stress of worrying about quick cleanups and hiding messes.
To tackle organizing your home, start simply with a to-do list and only promise to complete at least one task per day. You can always do more, but accomplishing one will help you feel accomplished and motivated. An easy tip: if it’s laundry day, make sure to fold and put away the laundry as soon as it’s done.
Organization and cleanliness in the refrigerator also goes a long way in helping you stay committed to good physical health. It is best practice to regularly clean your refrigerator every month. Another easy tip: as you clean and empty out the contents of the shelves and drawers, use one tablespoon of baking soda in a quart of water and use it to clean the surfaces, just wipe dry before refilling your refrigerator. Once this task is done, you can then sort through your items and figure out which ones are fresh and what you need to replace. Organizing the items in your refrigerator so that you have visual access to the items that are important to you, such as the healthy foods that you want to eat daily, will also allow you to remain on-track in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Organizing Your Office
In a well-organized office, your work priorities are evident, as each project has a defined space and steady quality. You are fully focused on the current task, without the jitter and insecurity you feel when working in a messy space. An organized office space also allows you to be more productive, which means that you won’t be as stressed with a longer to-do list. This translates into more time to feel relaxed on your way back to your (now) organized home, where you can focus on preparing healthy meals and sleeping before the next work day.
Outside of bringing your own lunch, good organization at the office enables you to avoid the common traps of eating unhealthy meals. At work, you can have a special space in a drawer where you can place an assortment of healthy snacks and drinks. You can also visually see when your snack drawer is dwindling down, and add those items to your grocery list a few days before you actually run out – avoiding a mid-afternoon dash to the vending machine.
When your mind is in a state of disarray, your space will match that state, and if you organize your home and office, the harmony will affect you positively. When your space has less clutter, your mind does too! Being organized makes you more goal-oriented and helps you have more control over your projects and your commitments, and now is the perfect time to start your to-do list toward a more organized you!
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