Melissa Smallwood is a professional organizer, mom of three boys, blogger, and the owner Organized Life by Design. She is an organizing coach to the stars of the blogworld, including @ConsumerQueen and @ConsumerKing. You can catch up with Melissa on Twitter @multitaskingme.
Why Get Organized?
A recent survey conducted by the New York Times found that women rank stress as the number one problem they face on a daily basis. The dictionary defines “organized” as methodical and efficient in arrangement or function; Formed into a structured or coherent whole.
When you look at that definition and apply it to your life, you can see the inherent reasons people desire order and structure in their lives. Being organized = less stress.
Wouldn’t you love to be able to describe your life as efficient and coherent? There are plenty of days I do not feel coherent, let alone possessing a life that is formed into a structured whole.
When I work with clients, whether it be stay at home moms (SAHMs), seniors, groups or professionals; people often have the same complaint. There is not enough time to accomplish everything we feel we need to accomplish in a day, week, month or year. And we allow the guilt, feelings of failure and sense of being constantly overwhelmed to push us further, spur us on to try to do more and in the process- we don’t realize we are losing focus of what is truly important.
We live in a time where we are expected to accomplish more than any other generation in exactly the same amount of hours in a day. Could it be there is a way to navigate these waters? To create a life of balance and order? I believe there is and it stems from becoming more organized. When you approach life from an organized perspective, you develop tools, tricks and routines that put you back in control. Stress is not good, for you or those living with you. Let’s learn how to get organized and let life keep up with you, not the other way around.
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