Clutter is a popular topic but organizing may not be something you think that you need to do. It may be because you are organized and don’t see any significant problems with your space, belongings, time management or productivity. Congratulations! There are oodles of articles, blog posts (including mine) and reality shows about organizing and The benefits of being organized.
Clutter isn’t a problem for you, right? Still, there may be a lot of items on your desk, counters, staircase, in your purse and even hiding in your closets. Maybe it isn’t really clutter because you can find things that you are looking for when you need them. Perhaps you think that you don’t have clutter because you have enough space for all that you own.
Clutter isn’t always physical, it can be mental or psychological clutter, too. It can include a never ending to do list, a packed calendar and an over-committed schedule. But if you are someone who is on time for appointments and able to meet deadlines, again, congratulations.
Clutter | How much is too much?
Clutter, even for those of you who feel organized, needs to be assessed on a regular basis. You may regard yourself as organized however this is not the same as being prepared and proactive.
Here are 3 reasons why I suggest this:
- Safety, health
- Emergency, disaster preparation
- Life transitions
Clutter | Safety, Health
Safety and health are important to all of us and having a lot of stuff can compromise both your safety and health. You can hire a Productivity and Organizing Professional to assist you with a home or office assessment, or do it yourself. No matter your age or location it is important to see if there are stacks and piles of items that may fall, cause tripping or are collecting dust and attracting insects.
Clutter | Emergency, disaster preparation
Emergency and disaster preparation is critical to organizing. Clutter greatly reduces the chance of being able to pack up important documents and belongings with little or no advance notice. No one likes to think about facing an emergency or disaster which makes it easy to procrastinate about organizing for one. Again, you can hire a Personal Professional Organizer or start this process on your own.
Clutter | Life Transitions
Life transitions are inevitable for all of us. You likely know about the top stressors including:
- Moving – relocation, downsizing
- Illness, injury
Clutter or too much stuff, can create problems in any of those situations. You can prepare for combining households, downsizing or moving for any reason before you need to. Make a room(s) in your house multi functional in the event that someone has to live with you. Being organized means having at least some available closet and drawer space. Retiring means reimagining what you need to keep once you leave your office space.
If this past year (pandemic)taught us anything, it was how unpredictable life can be. If you were to become physically limited or immobile, would your home be able to accommodate you? That is, would you be able to access and use the things that are important on a daily basis? At the risk of sounding like a broken record you get the point. Get organized! Even a little bit at a time will get you more organized for most things.