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Why staying organized is important?

Why staying organized is important?

When we ask this question to our self, we get two answers,

1) It helps us stay in control and saves time for every minute we invest in it today

2) Not really as it is just a matter of habit. Excuses we give– I don’t get time, I am working, I have a lot to do already, It doesn’t matter etcetera.

Well, I guess it’s a matter of choice, in our whole life we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff and find it really hard to discard. In our house, at work, everywhere we just keep piling up the stuff. If you decide to spend a little time, few minutes a day on de-cluttering and organizing the area around you it saves a lot of future time for you, which we waste in searching for things we have stored for years.

Now if you are finding ways to stay organized, then I might help you with few tips from my side as I have been always blamed for having an OCD(Obsessive Compulsion Disorder) with neatness and with staying organized but I feel I am just a cleanliness freak and love things in place. Some daily/weekly/monthly activity might help you to keep things organized, as mentioned below :

  1. A regular check — Like an inspection of your own house, your own room, office desk. You decide on the frequency of time, it could be weekly, fortnightly, or even daily, take out few minutes from your daily routine, so that you do not end up accumulating things which are not meant to be. Initially, it becomes difficult as we do not understand where do we start, right here, start from the things in front of you right now.. Take one room at a time, one closet, one drawer and once you just start it, you will realize there are things which are not at all useful and have been just occupying some space, I tell you– Discard them right away. If there is something which others can use then pass on or donate to someone needy, just do not keep it for another few months or years.
  2. Recycle or donate — There could be some old clothes, sarees, jeans which could be recycled in rugs (duri), Cushion covers or you may simply donate them to your maid, watchman, or someone needy. Even books can be donated to a library. There are old utensils in the kitchen , lying down since ages, We don’t even use it but they are there.. first of all, we need to get rid of the sentiment we attach to each and every object we have in our house in our possession. Exceptions are always there for the things which are rare and irreplaceable, but we need not carry forward things like some legacy of accumulation.
  3. Delegate work— A house is just not one person’s responsibility, delegate each area to each person of the house. It helps them to understand the difference between need and want and also they learn to organize things in their own way. There could be some stuff or items which you might not find useful but your kid would want to keep it, then make him understand if it is really needed and then let him decide it.

It just doesn’t happen in a single flow or at once. it is a continuous improvement kind of a process, in which you invest a lot of time. My personal experience of de-cluttering has always been amazing as in the end, I feel lighter as if I reduced some burden from my head. Even the busiest person could spare a few minutes daily to make it work.

So the bottom line is if something is unused for a longer time, basically its a clutter and it needs to go, we create them by postponing our decisions of letting them go.



A Must Read!

Day 11 – Task For The Day

Minimalism and decluttering could be your path to salvation. Decluttering can have a life-changing impact on you and while we indulge in mental cleansing through Yoga and Meditation, please declutter your house as well.

We can start decluttering from small spaces, like our wardrobe, our kitchen storage, our office desks or if you are determined enough then maybe the entire house.

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Also read: Five steps towards Minimalism and Decluttering

I hope you all are taking care of your mental health in these tough times, please take care.

Stay at home and stay safe.

Much love and gratitude


Five steps towards Minimalism and Decluttering

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Minimalism and decluttering could be your path to salvation. In this post, I will share my views on how choosing a way through minimalism and decluttering can have a life-changing impact on you.

In today’s world, where we are exposed to so many new things, things we thought never existed and were little less approachable before, we overstuff them now.

We can search for anything online, order any product and there comes a need to introspect between the need and the want, which we tend to ignore. Resulting in more stuff and small storage space in a house, more belongingness then its usage.

We want a car, then we want a big car, we dream of dream house then purchase so much stuff that our dream house starts screaming out of space.

I have read a lot about decluttering because I love to stay organized. I had my first encounter with the real DECLUTTERING process through a very famous Japanese technique KONMARI, founded by Marie Kondo, who is the author of the “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying”

We can start decluttering from small things, like our wardrobe, our kitchen storage, our office desks or if you are determined enough then may be the entire house.

Minimalism and decluttering

Five benefits of Minimalism and Decluttering

  1. It helps you decide between what you actually need and what you want. Begin with your wardrobe, drawers, mailbox, social media accounts, toxic people in your life and unsubscribing to negativity.
  2. Decluttering is also very internally connected as there are certain things in our house holding some negative memories, yet they are around us, which should be discarded immediately.
  3. Other than negative things, we do possess few kinds of stuff which are very olds holding deep sentiments, maybe from another generation but we need to figure out how important it is to hold on rather than to let go.
  4. It is said that if you have not used a certain product, cloth, electronic item or anything for six months then the probability is you will never use it again. Yes, exceptions are there as per winter and summer season essentials.
  5. Decluttering helps you to spark joy in your house, in your living space and also in your relationships. Mental Space cleansing it is.

Also read: Why staying organized is important?

The Minimalism way

Now if you have got a rough idea about how decluttering looks like, let us switch over to understanding about Minimalism.

You can also watch a documentary on Minimalism which is inspired by the real story of two friends Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. They have helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less. For them, less is more.

It was a year back when I started decluttering things, especially clothes which were still in good condition, bed sheets, blankets, unused utensils and many other kinds of stuff.

I don’t call it a donation but yes the stuff were in very much useful condition so I voluntarily went to a nearby NGO and handed three bags full of all the items.

I felt lighter as if a weight from the house has been removed. My wardrobes could breathe, my bed storage was more spacious and my kitchen was more organized.

You know the best part of decluttering and switching to a minimal life is; you make room for new things when you discard old ones, but this time only by measuring them through the need and want analysis.

I don’t shy to repeat my heavy sarees or accessories in any festival or occasion, I do not simply shop because I have to attend a party. I wear what I have and I recycle them for a new look. I have transformed my sarees into dresses and long gowns.

The only thing I could not even think of decluttering was BOOKS, I have around 120 books approx. some very very old but my books are like my biggest assets. I have never touched that area of my house but yes I have been able to successfully apply the basic rule of MINIMALISM, less is more.

Use what all you have got first then switch to new or donate them, recycle them. Free yourself from the burden of debt, credit cards, guilt of buying a lot or making bad choices.

There is nothing wrong with inheriting material for happiness but the problem lies with the meaning we assign to them. Everything is turning materialistic and artificial. Fewer people more stuff, more devices, more gadgets, more financial liability, and more stress.

How Decluttering and Minimalism can reduce stress:

Trust me it can, and here is how:

  1. When you have fewer options, you don’t waste time on deciding what to wear, take the example of the Facebook face Mark Zuckerberg. Mostly seen in grey tshirts, said that “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community,”.
  2. When you accumulate less stuff you use them rather than simply holding them up. Once you use them thoroughly you make space for new items to replace them.
  3. Choosing to minimize is not restricted to materialistic things but also things which effect on a cellular level. Mentally or emotionally, which could harness our productivity.
  4. When you have less burden of liabilities or freedom from debt, toxic elements in life, you stay in peace, you focus on better things.
  5. Last but not least it helps you stay in harmony with your mind and body when you have fewer things to think about.

I started with small things and I found it very useful, we have nothing to prove and nothing to explain to the world for our choices because most of the things we do in our life are to meet the societal standards to fit in.

Of course, you don’t have to ditch your wardrobe for a set of grey T-shirts or live in isolation but we can adopt some practical ways to start implementing minimalism in your life.

Stay happy! Have a nice weekend 🙂

Much love and gratitude