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When it comes to thinking about reasons to organize, there are so many directions to go.  I do this work because I am passionate about people and helping them on their path to find joy in life.

One of the things in life that can be hard to deal with is a lack of control.  There are a lot of days when it seems like we don’t have control over anything in our lives.  Not having control over things can make us feel powerless and drained.

How can organizing help?

Our homes are one area in our lives that we can realistically have control over.  Maybe not complete control – most of us live with other people.  However, when we live in a constant state of clutter and disorder, the opposite may feel true.

But what makes people feel like they’re in control?

There are a few things that I can think of.

Knowing what to expect.  If a burglar broke into your house while you were gone, it would be unexpected and cause quite a bit of stress. In general, though, if your home is set up in a way that you’re familiar with, you know how to deal with it on a day to day basis.

Having a place for everything.  I’ll be honest with you – my house is a wreck right now.  I have had an absolutely wonderful day working with clients and busy couple of days before that.  On top of that, I am still recovering from a car accident that happened a couple of months ago, so I am dealing with pain on a daily basis.

The fact that everything in my home has a place makes clean-up much easier.  Without the organization systems I have in place, tidying up would be a completely overwhelming task.

Having choices.  I’ve worked with toddlers for a long time.  Have you ever noticed that when you give toddlers choices things generally go smoother?  Adults work in the same way.  Seems minor, but it’s true.

My life is a perfect example of this today as well.  Because of the pain I’m experiencing and having a long, physical day, I wasn’t wanting to sit in my office.  However, I have access to a laptop and a comfy couch where I am writing this from.  If my couch were covered in clutter I would have no place to sit besides at my desk – which is not ideal right now.

Getting your home in order can be a great way to begin to establish these feelings of control, calm and comfort in your life.  Can you think of any other examples of why a sense of control might be important?

Want more?  Here’s some interesting research about how people’s sense of control can effect their mental health.

The title of this week’s post was inspired by this scene in the movie “Clueless” 🙂  

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