You may agree that when you are organized you feel free and have more time to spend pursuing the things you love. In addition to feeling free you will be less likely to consume more resources than necessary when your home and life are organized. For example, on a small scale:
* Purchasing a new plastic bottle of ketchup or BBQ Sauce, when there are one or two (or more) half-full bottles hidden in your refrigerator.
* Have you ever purchased new batteries because rummaging through your “junk drawer” and scouring your basement to find one is a daunting task?
* Purchasing clothing (perhaps necklaces, neckties, or belts) while there are similar garments hidden in your closet, which you have forgotten about.
It may seem trite, but the small things do add up. In fact our landfills are filling up and even recycling consumes some un-renewable natural resources.
On a larger scale, consider that in the last 30 years the average size of a home in the US has doubled even though the number of people in the average household in the US has decreased by half. We are collecting and consuming more and more “stuff” and require more and more space for all of our “stuff”. According to the Marine Sanitary Service, the US population comprises 5% of the world’s population yet we generate 30% of the world’s garbage! While recycling and reusing is certainly beneficial, consuming less has a larger impact1.
When organized, we can live more comfortably using less space. Consider the amount of utilities, land, and items consumed by a 6,000 ft2 home compared to that of a 1,500 ft2 condominium. If you choose to live in a smaller space, being organized makes it possible to live comfortably.
Living in a smaller home is not for everyone however, having an organized home (regardless of the size) and life helps reduce unnecessary consumption.
How much less driving could you do if you were organized about your errands and your schedule? How often do you make extra trips to the grocery store or drug store? How often could you carpool or use mass public transportation if you planned ahead?
In addition to having a positive impact on our planet, being organized gives you the freedom and time to pursue areas of life that give you happiness. An average person spends 55.2 minutes everyday looking for things. That’s two weeks each year! Is there anything else you would rather spend your time doing?
Over the next couple of weeks, pay attention to what you are spending your time looking for, what you are purchasing, what you are recycling and reusing and what you are adding to our landfills. You may find that by simply being more organized you and your family consume less and you save time and money.
Heidi is a professional organizer specializing in organizing paperwork , creator of The Fast-Filing Method home filing system, & publisher of Life Made Simple e-Magazine. She energizes her readers’ lives by teaching effective systems to help you accomplish more in less time! Visit ClearSimpleLiving.com to get a complimentary subscription & a FREE Home Organization Kit.
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