Six Super Simple Reasons to Get More Organized

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2018

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My 2018 “summer vacation from blogging” is sharing one week of reposts each month… this week is my July repost week.

Today’s repost is an updated version of one I originally shared back in October of 2015 — but boy are these reasons still relevant in my life now! 

When it comes to the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of organizing your home, life, work, schedule, family, etc. I think I could talk until I was blue in the face. There is no end to the number of blog posts I could write on organization!

However, even if I had unlimited hours to devote to writing content for my blog, I probably wouldn’t do it — because often times “less is more” when it comes to tips and ideas to get (and stay) more organized. Plus, you already KNOW most of what I write… it’s the implementation where some of us fall short. 🙂

Right?

If you have put off your decluttering and organizing, I hope the SIX SUPER SIMPLE reasons in today’s post will motivate you to get a little more organized!

1. You’ll save SPACE

Would you like to gain a little space in your home? Maybe make a bit more room for the things you love and use on a regular basis?

Getting more organized will help you do just that!

I’d like to challenge you to spend 20 minutes TODAY, walking around your home with 2 trash bags — one for items to give away, and the other for trash. See how many things you can remove from your home in that short amount of time, and then enjoy the small amount of extra space you’ve created!

If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll be surprised how much space you can free up!

2. You’ll save TIME

It’s rare that I hear anyone complain about having “too much time.” Instead, I often hear people lament the fact that they never have enough time.

If you fall in the “short on time” camp with the majority of people I know, I think you’ll be amazed how much time you can save by developing a few new organizational habits.

Yes, you will probably spend MORE time up-front, but once your systems and routines are in place, you’ll SAVE SO MUCH TIME looking for things you’ve misplace or lost in your home, office, closet, drawers, purse, etc.

3. You’ll save MONEY

Have you ever purchased something because you couldn’t find the one you already had in your home? It’s probably happened to all of us at some point — but it’s still a waste of money.

By getting more organized, you’re less likely to lose or break things, which means no more replacing (which will also save you time driving to the store or shopping online!)

4. You’ll save ENERGY

The beauty of purging is that you will no longer need to clean or care for the items you removed from your home.

Fewer clothing means less laundry. Fewer decorations means less to dust and clean around. Fewer books and toys means less to pick up. Fewer papers means less to file (or at least smaller piles!)

5. You’ll save STRESS

A more organized home feels peaceful and calming to me — and I have a feeling most of you would prefer to spend your days in a peaceful calming place versus a crazy hectic place. Right?

With more space to enjoy the things you love, more time and energy to do the things you love, and more money to spend on the things you love, your stress levels are almost guaranteed to be down!

Plus, if you’re crazy like me, the act of organizing and decluttering will instantly lower your stress levels 🙂

6. You’ll save your SANITY

As someone who chases 4 young kids around every day, I can’t say enough about how important some form of organization is for my sanity.

Creating a designated spot for all the toys and books means that my kids can help put them away. Keeping the main living areas of the house relatively picked up throughout the day means I’m not constantly tripping over toys. Implementing our “nightly routine” means that I wake up to a clean and organized home every morning (which does wonders for my overall mood).

For me, getting my house “back to normal” every night after the kids go to bed is one thing I can control. It does wonders for my sanity and my overall mood to know that even if the house feels crazy, cluttered, and chaotic during the day, I’ll have some peace once everything is reorganized and put away at the end of the day.

Clearly, there are many MANY benefits to getting more organized and creating more order in your life. 

Please keep in mind that the point of this post is to get MORE organized — not to get completely organized or go crazy decluttering every single nook and cranny in your home. Progress is key, because progress means you’re moving forward — even if you’re moving slowly.

Pick one small area of your home and work on it for 15 or 20 minutes.

Get it MORE organized and you’ll be in better shape than you were before!

What are your favorite reasons to get more organized?

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18 comments

  1. JJ

    07/17/2018

    Your tip to take everything out and find a spot or get rid of it has helped me throughout the years!!! I just went through all of my kitchen cabinets(with some used for other things besides kitchen stuff). It is the best feeling to purge and have a spot for things!!! Birthdays and Christmas overwhelm me with all the new stuff the kids get. Do you have a method for preparing for gifts so that you don’t feel swallowed by a toy store?

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh good — glad it’s helping you. Every bit progress makes a difference!
    As for birthday and Christmas gifts (I’m actually talking about this next week!) we try to do mini purges right before the new gifts come, and then we often get rid of a few more things after the new gifts arrives and we realize we still need more space!
    I was just talking about this with Dave over the weekend and we thought one idea might be to request monetary gifts from Grandparents as the kids get older (so they can put some in the bank and pick out something they want with the rest). We also probably won’t do “birthday parties” for our kids once they are school-aged, so they won’t get gifts from aunt, uncles, cousins, etc.
    This will be Nora’s first year without a party (she doesn’t know it yet) so we’ll see how it goes!

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  2. Angela

    07/16/2018

    In the photo of Nora’s bedroom, I’m noticing that the closet looks a lot like one in our daughter’s room. Do you still have that closet or did you remove it in the remodel? If you still have it, I’m wondering how you use the space on the sides. Ours isn’t deep enough to hang clothes with hangers on a regular hanging rod, so it’s a very non-functional closet.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, we still have that closet, although we just put toys it in now that it’s no longer in a bedroom.

    Here’s a more detailed look at that closet: https://andreadekker.com/noras-new-closet/
    However, it’s probably worth noting that our closet is plenty deep enough to hang clothing. we will eventually put 2 rods in there once we have 2 kids sharing that room again.

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  3. Janene

    07/16/2018

    Your blog is a highlight of my morning! I love your easy going common sense approach and always feel you would be an encouraging friend.. I feel like I know you and we would be long fast friends! Thanks for being you.. I found your blog years ago and it is now the only one I really read..

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Janene!

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    Paulette Reply:

    Ditto, Janene!

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  4. Lynda

    11/07/2015

    Yay! Love this…. Have to admit that I too find sheer joy in organizing and decluttering things!

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  5. Sue

    10/28/2015

    I am all for this.. and I really need to do it.. but honestly looking at the pics of your shelves and stuff I love the look but the first thing I think of is “how does she dust all that ” lol

    sue

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  6. SoCalMom

    10/27/2015

    Ahhhhh!!! We are cut from the same cloth. I’m a believer!! But, I’m married to a bonafide “Messy” who refuses to organize or declutter or even put away his stuff. That garage picture is what dreams are made of. He really wants a garage like that, but absolutely refuses to put in the effort required to create or maintain a clean, organized place where he can find all his stuff. It’s impossible for me to understand.

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  7. Jen

    10/26/2015

    YES!! I have such a hard time understanding why this doesn’t make sense to people. Friends ask me all the time “HOW do you stay so organized?” My response is that it’s a way of life/lifestyle. One doesn’t “get organized” in a weekend. One learns how beneficial being organized is (see all your excellent points above!) and one realizes that it’s worth putting REGULAR time and effort into!

    Off my soapbox now….. 🙂

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  8. Bree

    10/26/2015

    Hi Andrea! Thanks so much for posting this I really needed to hear and see your ideas!
    I’ve been pondering the areas of my house on what to do!
    Love your site I read it daily to find ideas! Really enjoy the peek into our week!
    Meal planning has been a great help to me and I’ve started it. Your a beautiful mom and wife!
    Your kiddos are adorable! Keep up the great work!
    Hugs and sprinkles of sweet blessings to you!
    Bree

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Bree 🙂

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  9. Melissa @ teammadefamily.com

    10/26/2015

    Organizing can also be a great family activity. This weekend, we were having difficulties with two of our children getting along with one another. We have an “art closet” in our home, full of arts & crafts supplies, games, and random junk. The closet was quite out of control, clutter-wise, so I put those two kiddos to work cleaning it up. Not only did we end up with a clean closet, but our kids were able to work together cooperatively. It was a win for everyone.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes!! I’m actually talking about this later in the week!

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  10. Eileen

    10/26/2015

    I’m not in the same life stage as you (my kids are college aged) but just recently I cleaned/reorganized my closet. It’s a semi-large walk in closet, so lots of rooms and shelves for “stuff”. That’s great until there’s just lots of stuff. I finally took everything out, culled the clothes (and anything else). Then organized the stuff into categories. I took all the like items and stored them in bins that I’ve labeled. For example, I’ve gotten more involved in hiking and backpacking in the last few years, and there were lots of things (first aid kit, dry bags, headlamps, jetboil stove, etc) that are really only used when I hike/backpack.

    Last October I made my first real backpacking trip and after a lot of time deciding and organizing what I would take, I laid it all out on my kitchen floor and took a photo and then labeled it with photo editing software. That became my visual packing list for future trips. I’ve done 2 additional hiking trips since then and it was so much easier to locate and pack (and so quick to unpack and store, equally important). All of my small items are in this labeled canvas bin and my larger items (tent, sleeping pad and bag) are stored in a small laundry basket on the floor. My packs (various sizes and uses) hang on the wall on small hooks.

    I went on a trip this weekend and was able to pack quickly the night before and then unpack everything right back into their correct locations last night.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing Eileen!
    While I don’t plan on doing any backpacking trips any time soon — I fully agree with everything you mentioned here. Getting (and staying) somewhat organized saves so much time when packing and unpacking. Dave and I (and the kids) just went on a mini vacation last week, and while it took some time for me to get everything packed, unpacking literally took minutes because everything has a place and I could quickly return all our things to their places when we got home.

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  11. Tracey

    10/26/2015

    Thank you, Andrea! JUST what I needed to hear today!!

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