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The Benefits of Being Organized

Many people suffer the effects of disorganization. Clutter congests your mind and offers little in the way of achieving your goals. As a result, you may feel held back, frustrated, and scattered. Let's take a look at some ways that organizing your home or workspace can have a positive effect on your life.

Manage your time more efficiently. When you need something, you know where to find it. When you go look for it, it's there. No more time wasted by searching for something you need. With a place for everything, and everything in its place, you will be able to quickly and efficiently access things you need.

Increase productivity. I once read a startling statistic: An average American spends about an hour every day trying to locate items they already own. Think about that. Nearly an hour every day is wasted. What else could you do with that wasted hour? Being organized will enable you to put that wasted hour to better use.

Reduce stress. I'm sure we have all tried working in a messy space. Distractions are plentiful, and it can become annoying. Clearing your workspace can have a great impact on your attention and concentration. You will be able to better manage your time and meet deadlines.

Present a positive image. Have you ever walked into a very organized space and instantly gotten a good impression of the person who occupies it? I know I have. It's easier to trust an organized person, because it's easier to think this person really knows what they are doing. They have a strong command over their environment and likely other areas of their lives too.

Freedom from chaos. There are few things worse than trying to locate something you need immediately while in a panic. Your mind keeps coming up with places you should look. You run around like a maniac, and the panic builds and builds. Wouldn't it be so much more pleasant to know exactly where to locate things?

Save money. Probably one of the most overlooked benefits to being organized is that you will save money by not having to buy replacements for things you already own. You will know what you have and know when you need to buy another one. You will also save on late fees by not losing bills or over-drafting your bank account.

Feel empowered. There are many things in life that you can't control. However, gaining control over what you can will give you a sense of empowerment. You will gain confidence knowing you have full command of your home or workspace.

Getting organized is a process. It won't be easy, but I hope that by seeing the benefits, you'll be motivated to liberate yourself from disorganization. It is a lifestyle change that can really have a lasting, positive effect. I'm sure there are many other benefits to organization. What others can you think of?