In our modern world — with the popularity of Marie Kondo and minimalism— decluttering and getting organized seems like the universally-desired way to live. But the thought of getting organized can often feel like another to-do; another chore to add to your ever-growing list.
You’re likely thinking, “Who has enough extra time to go through every item ever accumulated and try to figure out if it sparks joy?”
And yet, there are 448,000,000 Google search results on “getting organized.” We all know getting organized will likely improve our lives, and yet we’re bogged down by the time it would take to make that change — especially if we don’t feel like particularly organized people.
The idea of “getting organized” often feels like it might take as much time (if not more) than simply sticking with our old ways. And it’s true — getting organized will take time.
You will need to look at what you own, get rid of what you don’t need, and find the proper place for what’s left. You will need to reassess and reorient how you live your life and the space you live it in.
We’ll be straight with you: Getting organized is another action item on your to-do list, but that one action makes so much of your life so much easier.
The sense of overwhelm that often comes with considering getting organized tends to overshadow what the act actually does: it frees up time, attention, and (literal) space to focus on what you really want to do and what’s most important to you.
Author and speaker, Barbara Hemphill says: “Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” And that’s because to live a disorganized life is to live a life in disarray — to not know where anything is or where it needs to be. You spend more time trying to focus and figure out the very next action you need to take (and where you need to take it) than actually getting anything done.
That’s not the mark of a well-designed life. If you’ve designed your life with intention — and, if you use a Day Designer, we know you have — then you’ve been very purposeful and clear about how you want to spend your days.
Getting organized actually sets you up to successfully live them that way.
That’s why over the next month, we’ll be sharing tips to help you do exactly that. Again, the goal isn’t to add another to-do to your list or to take up more of your time. The goal is to take back your time and your attention; to be conscious of your space and make sure that it’s set up to best support you in living the life of your dreams.
Don’t you think it’s worth making a little time for that?
Follow along this month as we share tips on how to be more intentional with your space — and as we show you how you can live a more productive life of your own design.
What area of your home or life most needs an organization overhaul? Share where you’ll get started this month in the comments below!