I’ve never met a person who doesn’t struggle with organization at least now and then. Everyone has a junk drawer. Even the organization gurus have times when they are not disciplined to follow their own advice. Life just gets in the way, and the plan or system falls apart.
All too often, though, we let “falling apart” become the norm—an excuse for not disciplining ourselves in organization in the first place. This is especially a struggle for those whose personalities don’t naturally lend themselves to organization.
More Than a Plan
There is more to organization than just the idea of everything having a place, whether it is in the orderliness of our homes or the structure of our schedules. Even if organization is not a natural part of your personality, it’s important to recognize that organization is an essential key to health.
Stress is a major killer in our society, and its victims are becoming younger and younger. Much of this stress is caused by busyness that can be traced to a lack of structure or lack of boundaries. Schedules are either jam-packed with no space or scattered and chaotic, leaving days full of wasted time and energy that could be redeemed for a healthier lifestyle. If this is a picture of your life, you’ve probably noticed that the chaos extends to the state of your home, the nature of your diet, and the quality and quantity of your rest, potentially contributing to overall poor physical health and habits for yourself and your family.
Mental & Emotional Health
Poor organization can have a direct impact on mental and emotional health without even considering the physical stress. When you are surrounded by chaos, whether in the state of your home or the uncertainty of your schedule, it is very difficult to focus on the tasks before you. It’s easy to stay scattered and fractured, and you might even begin to wonder if those ADD markers apply to you, not to the kids! Disorganization leads you to feel constantly behind and constantly frustrated, which can result in a state of poor mental and emotional health.
A lack of structure and organization frequently has a detrimental impact on relationships, too. When you are disorganized, it can become increasingly difficult for you to make and honor commitments, engage well with others without distraction, and fulfill responsibilities in a timely fashion. But, that’s not the only issue. Disorganization can cause increased stress for family members who thrive on organization. As you work in the kitchen, it might be convenient for you to just shove all of the clean dishes—pans, bowls, and whatever else—into the same cabinet. But, that could be exceedingly frustrating for your spouse or child who likes to come in and grab a cup without having to first move the skillet—the one that’s supposed to hang on a hook across the room—out of the way. When each of you let your organizational preferences run to the extreme without an effort to try to coordinate, communicate, and function in respect for one another, poor relational health is frequently the result.
Now that you know why it’s important to organize, take a look at the article “Organizing Essentials” to discover some tips for finding a healthy level of organization
Would you like to know how your personality compares to that of your family members? Take thePlanner Personality Quiz together and find out!