What’s the point? Why should an organized life be any better than a life full of stuff and clutter, a life unscheduled and random? What makes the difference–and is it really worth it?
Is unloading your entire closet to color-code your shirts really worth it?
Is writing your class notes in outline form really necessary?
Maybe those are questions you’ve asked yourself. Maybe, in reading this blog, you shake your head and wonder why someone like me would even bother to spend time writing articles about such a boring and useless topic. After all, there are plenty of unorganized people in the world, and they’re surviving just fine.
Surely organizing is merely another first-world way of wasting time.
There are, I’m sure, many, many of you and others in the world who have that perspective. I’m sure there are those of you who are sitting somewhere, reading this article, laughing quietly to yourself that I could be so absurd as to think that people actually care about being organized.
After all, why would anyone even bother to organize?
Well, maybe you won’t agree with me, but I’ll tell you why I organize. It’s not a waste of my time for one important reason:
It makes me happy, productive, and relaxed.
“Taking hours to sort through your desk drawers makes you happy and relaxed?!” you laugh.
No, maybe the process to get there isn’t the most stress-relieving and glamorous. In fact, the process of organizing can get messy, complicated, and even frustrating. Life doesn’t like to fit into little boxes in nice, neat rows.
But think about it–most processes in life are messy, complicated, and frustrating. Exercising. Learning a new habit. Starting a big project. We don’t start processes like that for the fun of doing them, usually. We often start those things because of the end result they will bring.
The same is true for organizing.
Getting organized can be hard. Staying organized is even harder. But having an organized home and life? That’s the goal, the end result. That goal and end result is what makes me happy, productive, and relaxed.
It makes me happy knowing that my things aren’t scattered everywhere, but are stacked and lined up in order.
It makes me productive when I can find what I’m looking for in two seconds because I know exactly where it’s supposed to be.
It makes me relaxed to live in a neat environment that isn’t overflowing with clutter that I don’t need.
My life goes so much smoother when it’s organized. Life in general is bumpy, messy, and complicated. It takes you around unexpected twists and turns and throws things at you that you never thought would happen. Amid all the noise and chaos, I don’t need to be wondering where my journal went when I want to write out my thoughts. I don’t want to be stumbling over three loads of laundry in the middle of my floor or opening my closet to piles of junk and trash, especially after I’ve had a really long day.
Life is stressful enough without adding the stress of being unorganized.
That’s why I organize. Why I write articles about being organized–because I know that it makes me happier and can potentially do the same for you.
Organizing may be my hobby, but it’s also a necessity in my life. I couldn’t live my life full of unneeded stuff. I couldn’t think; I couldn’t be productive; and I certainly wouldn’t be writing a blog or pursuing any of my dreams. I wouldn’t even have known where to begin– because my starting point would have been buried underneath six piles of sweaters and twenty unread stacks of mail on my desk.
Maybe “organizing isn’t your thing.”
Maybe you prefer a life of clutter over a life of order.
But, from what I’ve seen, there aren’t a lot of people who really, actually live that way and are successful. Look at the lives of those who became great in the world. They had their priorities together, and they had to be at least somewhat organized to even make steps in the right direction of achieving their goals.
It’s not a waste of time to organize–in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Organizing is probably the best investment you could ever make in becoming the best possible you.
So why organize?
Because your future self will thank you down the road. Your future self will be happier, more productive, and more relaxed–guaranteed.
Are there other reasons why you organize? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
♦ Xo ~ Kristel ♦