What is the Clutter Costing You
Clutter—most of us have a little of it here or there. In fact, many of us have more than just a little. Then, we feel overwhelmed.
That clutter is costing you.
It’s costing you time, money and stress.
People in cluttered homes spend extra time, virtually every day, looking for lost items, such as keys, money, shoes, tools, etc. Even when we’re looking right at the lost item, it becomes difficult to see when surrounded by clutter. And the extra time it takes to search through the mess adds up quickly.
When we don’t have financial papers organized, bills can get lost, causing us to accrue late fees. Replacing lost items and buying duplicates of those we didn’t realize we already had can also carry a cost that adds up quickly.
The most obvious toll that clutter takes is added stress on one's life.
Here are some examples of stress clutter can cause:
- Each room and space carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning.
- Clutter drains you of your positive energy—you can actually feel it!
- A cluttered home, rather than a haven from stress, is a big stressor in itself and intensifies the frustration and exhaustion that an already-stressed person feels.
- A cluttered office, rather a space for creativity and productivity, is a big stressor itself and intensifies the difficulty of work.
So what do you do about it?
YOU GET ORGANIZED
In Episode 29 of the Time to Level Up Podcast, Muffy White, a professional organizer, and I talk about organizing your home and why it’s important. Muffy helps her clients organize and create clean spaces for them to do better thinking and living in.
In this podcast episode we discuss:
- Why your physical space is important
- Doing what works for you
- What stops us from organizing our spaces
- Why it can be helpful to have someone organize your space for you
- Learning to accept help
- Giving yourself permission to let go
Organizing gives you back time, creates money and energy, and allows you to truly focus so that you can live the life and the way you want.
The Benefits of an Organized Workspace
When there is an excess of clutter, whether it is physical or digital, the brain gets distracted. This leaves less bandwidth for the task at hand. When you are organized there are fewer competing items for your brain to focus on, and that makes you more productive! Other scientific benefits of organization include reduced stress, better eating habits, better success at achieving fitness goals, and better sleep.
A study conducted by HLW International LLP found that employee productivity levels were “highly influenced” by the cleanliness of their workplace. When you can find what you need, when you need it, you are working more efficiently. Organizing your digital as well as physical workspaces can help you have a clear mind and productive day.