Working within a lifestyle that is fast-paced and chaotic has become a common occurrence in a modern society. In order to avoid a catastrophic avalanche of clutter, missed deadlines and unfinished ‘to-do’ tasks, consistent action is required.
We are already time poor though, right? It is little wonder why the Australian Psychological Society claims one in five people are seeing strong impacts to their mental health due to home stress. Organisation and stress are contrasting terms, therefore, if a person is organised, the impact and creation of stress can be significantly reduced.
But how do you remain organised? What is the best way to keep your head above water? Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. In fact, the first of five steps to a more tidy space, explains the importance of personal preference in organisation.
1: Define what ‘being organised’ means for you.
‘Being organised’ can mean different things to different people. For example, sometimes, your primary focus may not aesthetic order, but functional order. While some want a system that allows them to get out the door quicker, others aspire to live and work in a space where everything looks tidy. The notion of practical organisation vs. aesthetic organisation is an individual preference. It could be said that perhaps the most orderly people have found a balance between the two. Which order will you aim for?
2: Start with what motivates you the most.
Starting is often the hardest part in terms of opting for a more rigid lifestyle. It could be advised that in order to begin, motivations for such a lifestyle should be considered.
Some of us could be fed up with the frustration and wasted time that inherently comes with clutter and disorder. If this is you, it may be wise to start with something that affects your daily routine. For example, a messy table in the hallway that obstructs your ability to quickly grab essential belongings before heading out.
Others are more inclined by an easier task, which will enable a transition into a larger and more challenging project. In this case, something that is meaningful but not necessarily time consuming may be more suitable. For instance, cleaning out a junk drawer or organising the kitchen benchtop are both fast yet effective starter tasks.
3: Create a playlist.
Music is an excellent form of motivation. Not only does it allow for the exclusion of external distractions, it is a surprisingly good time-keeping technique. If your own household organisation takes 10 minutes, that’s just two or three of your favourite songs.
4: Create deadlines.
Deadlines are great motivators. It is a subconscious restriction of time and is perhaps most beneficial with a ‘room by room’ approach. Creating a steadfast deadline by calling a charity to pick up your donations or scheduling an appointment to drop them off is one example of a de-clutter deadline.
5: Reward yourself.
A good way to maintain the continual momentum when organising, is to reward yourself. The ‘rewards’ are not confined to general items such as new gadgets or a pair of shoes, they may involve going to lunch with a friend, hosting others at your home or seeing a movie.
With these tips, a seamless lifestyle is just around the corner. A clutter-free environment can enhance one’s everyday routine dramatically. Although the task ahead may seem overwhelming, getting organized will undoubtedly do wonders.