The Power of Organizing
There are things in life that instantly make us feel better. A warm hug. The smell of lilacs this time of year. Chocolate!
I want to add one more to the list: De-cluttering. There is a power that comes with organizing that is truly day, month and year changing. Nothing makes me feel instantly better than organizing and arranging. If I have a ton of things to do, I’m the type of mom who will stop for a few minutes and know what needs to be done first: I’ll organize.
Even if it’s tackling one drawer, one corner of a closet, or one cozy nook at a time. When I was recently in Boston helping my daughter pack up after graduation, she looked (and felt) overwhelmed with the proof (aka piles!) of how four years of living can accumulate pretty quickly. Plus there were so many things to do in order to move her life back to Chicago.
In the midst of all this chaos, I couldn’t help but notice her purse (open on her kitchen table) and how it looked like a microcosm of the clutter around her apartment. We gave each other a knowing look (afterall, she is my daughter!) and then we dumped the thing. It was actually fun to remove all the old gum wrappers and dust bunnies while tossing the unnecessary receipts. She said she actually felt better! A lot better. And instantly so.
My rule: If you don’t need it, toss it! The good news is that science backs me up here. Researchers at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute conducted a study that indicated that clutter is actually bad for your brain. They found multiple stimulations in your visual field at the same time compete for your neural representation and limit your ability to process. My other rule: if it doesn’t bring you joy (looking at it, using it, living with it) it’s time to pass it on to someone who will be happy to have it and use it.
So for today, I wanted to share a few inspirational items to get your organizational juices flowing.
Let’s get started!
~ Trust us, it’s really life-changing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
~ Clear bins help you quickly see what’s inside, and come in endless sizes
~ With bins this cute, getting them to help cleanup shouldn’t be too hard (we hope)
~ Modern, yet classic, for letters, notes and office supplies
~ Organize all your shower essentials
~ A lovely way to store + organize (and hide) towels and toilet paper