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What if everything had a place—and nothing was out of place—in your home? Yes, it would look better, but it goes deeper than that. So much of your life might feel and function better if you took the time to declutter and organize the place where you live.


Why an Organized Home Really Matters

Would life be different if your house were clutter free and everything you had was completely organized? Imagine that for a moment! What if everything had a place—and nothing was out of place—in your home? Yes, it would look better, but it goes deeper than that. So much of your life might feel and function better if you took the time to declutter and organize the place where you live.

You’re not alone. While perfection might be a bit unrealistic or unnecessary, what if everyone, all of us, were to make it our goal, in the next few months, to get rid of clutter and create more order in every room of our houses, one room at a time? Being organized at home would enhance our lives in so many ways!

Here are three reasons an organized home matters!

1) When our homes are organized, we feel more at peace.

In order to feel on top of our schedules and lives, we need space to breathe. What if our closets and cabinets contained everything we truly needed, but also came with room to spare? When drawers and closets are disorganized and overstuffed, other areas of life are affected, so we feel overwhelmed and out of control in general. Imagine if your most cluttered closet was two-thirds emptier. Wouldn’t you feel better every time you opened the door (which is at least once a day)? No one wants to open a closet door and cause an avalanche!

When putting things away is easy, you are more likely to keep your home in order. You are less frustrated with yourself, your life, and your family because you don’t have to dig through piles of stuff—creating new chaos—in order to find what you are looking for. Being more organized isn’t just about a pretty, color-coded filing system; it’s about creating a peaceful sanctuary at home.

2) When our homes are organized, we spend less money.

When your home is out of control, it’s likely your budget will spiral out of control too. Do you lose receipts for items you would have been able to return? Do you ever buy multiples of things because you can’t find what you know you already have? In all the chaos and lack of order, do you lose or forget to pay bills and have to pay late fees? Do you pay more than your fair share of taxes because you can’t find documentation or receipts needed for deductions?

Kitchen countertop with food ingredients and herbs

Raise your hand if you ever go out to eat instead of cooking at home because you don’t want to deal with all the dirty dishes in the sink! Are you in the habit of buying things you don’t need, or things you might want “someday,” and justify it because you can find a place for it in the overflowing garage, basement or overstuffed closet?

Getting organized at home will help tremendously in the effort to keep more money in your pocket! You will be able to keep track of receipts and tax deductions. You will know where items are, making it so you’ll never need to buy something you know you already own but can’t find. You won’t have late fees or mountains of dirty dishes.

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3) When our homes are organized, we have more hours in the day.

How much time do you feel like you spend each day looking for things you can’t find, shuffling clutter from room to room, or feeling overwhelmed by cleaning and organization? Don’t you wish you had a few extra hours every day to pursue a dream, achieve a goal or just to have fun with family and friends? Most of us do—and all of us can if we spend less time hunting for things in our homes and suffering the frustration that comes with it.

We can get paralyzed and waste so much time when we are surrounded and bogged down by clutter and disorder. Organization gives us the energy and freedom to be more productive and focused on what we really want to do each day. When we find what we need right away because it’s in the place we expect it to be, we have more hours in our day to pursue other things that matter to us. When we have plenty of open space to breathe in our homes, we have room to pursue new hobbies or invite people in to enrich our lives.

Having more peace, more money and more hours in the day to pursue our dreams sounds good! Since all the clutter and disorder didn’t happen overnight, it takes time and determination to get rid of it. But the end result will be worth the effort. Don’t you agree?

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About the Author

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels is the author and creator of one of the top home decorating blogs on the web, The Inspired Room. She has been featured on such sites and publications as, Apartment Therapy, and Ladies Home Journal.

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  • Melissa Spivey

    I know this to be so true!! Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement to face the piles and baskets and reclaim my home and my life!

  • Louise

    AGREE! I’ve made good progress giving clothes and books to Goodwill and using white, labeled bankers boxes in the attic for each holiday/season, tax stuff, children’s important things. There’s also a new shelving unit in the laundry room for paper goods, throw rugs, and the house decorations that I use frequently. It all has helped! Monkey Wrench: active projects of kitchen update (many catalogs and notes) and, idiosyncratically, tote bags holding disorganized artifacts from all the purses and totes I’ve used in the last six months! And just living life, I guess, is my personal block against getting and staying sweetly organized. Seems inspiration only arrives a few times a year! LESSON To Self: Seize those times and don’t stop until bedtime each day till inspiration fades! Thanks for the post of encouragement to help at the start of the holidays!

  • Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm

    Oh my yes, you’re preaching to me. Since Dave died, I’ve allowed this old farmhouse to become a haven for clutter but have been overwhelmed by grief. In the past couple of months, I’ve ‘awakened’ and am now in the very long process of de-cluttering…giving away, selling, keeping and, hopefully, selling the farm and moving in the spring. Thank you for this excellent article, it is sweetly encouraging.

  • Kim Kaasa

    All I can say is Thank You!!! I’m going to read this as many times as it takes to get myself & my home organized once and for all. 🙂

  • Linda

    I seriously de-cluttered my wardrobe about 6 months ago. I share a very small closet with my husband and it works now. In fact, even my dresser is almost empty of clothing. Honestly I don’t stress over what to wear- it’s easy now. I only have a few choices, but I love all of them. Thanks for the reminider of how peaceful it is to live without clutter. I need to hit other areas of my house now.

  • Dana

    I grew up with “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” parents. Of course, I rebelled, and I’m a Taurus so I stood my ground. This past summer I saw the light ! Helping my parents through my Mothers health crisis and being in their home more often I came under the spell. When I wasn’t needed as often,I was organizing my laundry room shelves, kitchen pantry and linen cabinet. As my schedule started to free up more I began painting indoor and outdoor furniture that had been in the back of my mind for a while. I still have one paint project to finish this weekend and guest room/that needs to be pulled together. I have found some of the peace you’re talking about and I like it! I read all the tips and suggestions to keep inspired and finding my way…thank you for part in that.dd

  • Loribeth

    I get what you’re trying to say with #3, but there is no way to have more hours in the day. A day has 24 hours, and no matter how much we organize our home, there will still only be 24 hours. We might be able to be more efficient in those hours, but there aren’t more of them.

  • Theresa

    YES! Some days it is really difficult to get motivated but having a routine of cleaning and keeping order does help you feel in control. Since there is so much outside of our homes that is out of our control this can make or break your day.

  • Penny

    Very Inspirational – Love Love Love this article!

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