1. Improved relationships
This one is probably the biggest one. Think about all of the fights that you have with your spouse or significant other about your home organization issues. Maybe it is that the mail gets thrown on the kitchen counter every day. Maybe it is that you can never find the car keys when it is time to leave. Think about all of the fights that you have with your kids about schoolwork being left in the entryway or on the kitchen table. Organizing your home and getting your spouse and kids on board can have a significant impact in the quality of your relationships with them. I have found that less yelling and more quality time with my daughter is the biggest benefit of home organization for me.
2. Better health
Chronic stress over a long period of time can lead to significant health issues. Some ways that your body shows stress is: headaches, neck and shoulder tension, backaches, and upset stomach (source: webmd.com). Take an inventory. How many of these health issues do you have in your life on a repeated basis? It could be that they are linked to the state of disorganization in your home. Think about all of the home organization challenges that you have right now. Does just thinking about them have you tensing up? Think about how much better you will feel just by taking some time to organize your home.
3. More free time
This one goes hand-in-hand with number 5 (more money). Think about the time that you waste every day in looking for “stuff” in your home. That missing sock, those jeans your daughter loves that you can’t seem to find anywhere, not to mention the car keys that get lost more times than you care to remember. Have you ever stopped to really take an inventory of the sheer amount of time that you spend looking for things? Use home organization to help you get that time back. Then you can spend it doing things that you actually want to be doing.
4. More space in your home
Because part of every home organization project is getting rid of stuff, having more space in your home is a natural result. If you’re tripping over the stuff that you have in your home right now because it doesn’t have a place to live in your space, getting your home organized will “create” space in your home that you never knew even existed. Just getting rid of the things you don’t want or need anymore can create a wonderful new energy in your home and in your life.
5. More money
If you own your own business, this may be the biggest benefit of home organization for you. How much do you make in an hour? For the sake of illustration, let’s say that you make $30 per hour. How much time do you spend in a day looking for your keys, your checkbook, the shoes to match that outfit, etc? Again, for the purpose of illustration, let’s say you spend 30 minutes per day. So you not organizing your home is costing you $15 per day, $105 per week, $420 per month, and $5,040 per year. Pretty significant, isn’t it? So a little home organization could potentially save you over $5,000 every year.
Written by Jill B - A Colorado professional organizer. You can visit her website at www.YourHomeIsOrganized.com.