A lot of media attention recently has been devoted to getting better organized.
Among some of the current most popular best selling self help books are those that are focused on getting organized.
Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,’ which focuses on the purging of belongings, arrives at a perfect time and ‘sparks joy’.
More de-cluttering books are on the way. In March, Random House imprint Spiegel & Grau is publishing “Stuffocation,” by James Wallman, who argues that the clutter in our homes is correlated to stress, and to lead happier lives, we should spend our money on experiences rather than things.
The concept of de-cluttering has been growing in popularity for more than a decade. Peter Walsh, an organization consultant and author, wrote two best-selling books on the subject in 2007 and 2008. His latest book, “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down,” was released this week.
A common theme permeates throughout all these titles. It’s less about organizing and more about having too much stuff!
As a self-help book on how to organize, these titles may benefit some, but the overall majority continues to be frustrated and have challenges getting organized.
One of the first steps in becoming more organized is to consider why you want to get organized?
It could be for aesthetics or it could be for function. Usually it’s a combination of both.
Why get organized?
There are many reasons for wanting to get organized…
- To clear clutter
- To create more space, for storage for everyday things
- To find things faster and easier
- To live a more simplified lifestyle
The results of a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) revealed the top three reasons to get organized were:
- (#3) To become more efficient and productive
- (#2) To reduce stress and frustration
- (#1) To save time
What does being organized mean to you?
Being organized is less about looks and more about function.
It’s about creating an environment that allows you to live the lifestyle you want to live.
Getting organized is about breaking down the obstacles to your enjoyment and being happy and content within your space.
Most of all… dealing with disorganization and clutter wastes time!
It’s time spent not enjoying your life and eliminating clutter and saving time is a great reason to get organized!
Most people struggle to get organized because they may not know how and hence the popularity of these books.
There is an effective process to getting organized and it begins with purging your stuff!
The second most important step in the process of getting organized is letting go of your stuff. And this is the most challenging aspect of the organizing process because of the emotional attachment we have with our things.
A great reference book for help with purging is “The Clutter Cure” by Judi Culbertson where she discusses this process in great depth.
Once you’ve made some decisions to begin letting go of your stuff, you’ll find the guidance, ideas and suggestions these books offer much easier to accomplish and you’ll begin to see and feel visible results.
I’d love to hear what “being organized” means to you?
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