Monday, April 29, 2013
A Key to Happiness
While there are many keys to happiness, I strongly believe there is ONE particular key that is the foundation of happiness; and that is ORGANIZATION.
No matter how much money you have, how many cars, shoes or handbags a woman has, she is lost if her personal and career life is disorganized.
Since I have become more organized, I am much happier and fulfilled. I have always been somewhat organized but not in comparison to how I am now. To do this, it's just a matter of putting some time aside and getting it done one step at a time. The best part is you don't need a university diploma or a high IQ to do this. In the long run, this saves you time and effort and unneccesary stress.
Start with the obvious:
Clutter: Are you a mini horder? Is there junk in your house that you are struggling to part with? Like those 50 birthday cards from friends you don't even see anymore. Or piles of papers laying around in some drawer or box? Set some time aside to go through the hidden junk you have put away in the attic or your basement. Clutter could also be dishes in the sink, the tons of plastic containers you have barely touched in months, clothing hanging everywhere, magazines you have been collecting for a couple years but only read once, your toiletries and even all the decorations saved in boxes. Get rid of it once and for all and vow to never collect clutter again.
Once you have checked this off your list FIRST, move onto dust.
Pick a day this week or within the next week where you will set aside 3 hours to dust (and stick with it) the entire house; bed frames, hanging wall art, behind the bed heads, bedroom borders, celing lamps and shoe closets..literally every part of your home that collects dust.
Next, organize your closet! Seriously ladies, there is nothing like an organized closet. My pet peeve (literally) is assorted hangers. Like some metal ones, wooden ones, dry cleaning hangers with the ugly paper stuck to it etc. In my closet i use ONLY wooden hangers that ALL match and my clothes are color coordinated.
Closets can hold so much more than what most of us have in them. But they are designed improperly. You don't have to hire a closet company to come and redesign your closet. You can actually 'do-it-yourself' by watching a few youtube videos on how. It's actually empowering to "do-it-yourself." You can also hire someone who specializes in closet organization. I use to run an Image Consulting Comapany and this was one of my services. That's how much I love it. I still do odd jobs here and there.
Organize your closet by groups:
Color match them as well.
If your closet isn't big enough, then consider the closets at IKEA. They have a great selection. I actually have my eye on one :-) You can but your shoe racks there as well.
Purchase jewelry trays, hanging jewelry bags, drawer dividers for underwears and bra's, belts, ties, to keep all your pieces tidy. I am going to buy a couple night stands with thin drawers to keep inside my walk-in closet. You can do so much with so little space. Be creative.
I have friends who seem to always be depressed and I have told them once or twice (I try not to nag about it), to get their homes organized. I know that is a huge part of it because I know the feeling or coming home to an unorganized place. Another pet peeve of mine is when I run out of the house without making my bed in the morning. It literally drives me crazy all day until I get home to make it.
Clutter may not be the direct cause of your depression, but it is making the "issues at hand" worse. Please take Lizzy's advice; declutter and organize your life. It is the healthiest form of medicine in coping with emotional pain.
So go ahead and get started! Do yourself a favor. Afterall you deserve it! There is nothing like an organized home & life.