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What is the Real Cost of Being Disorganized? And What to Do About It

What is the Real Cost of Being Disorganized? And What to Do About It

It takes time to get organized and set up systems to keep your home and life organized. But there is also a cost of being disorganized. It takes time to stay disorganized, overwhelmed and not have systems set up to help your home function well.

In today’s post, we’ll discuss the cost of being disorganized and how getting organized can simplify and improve your life.

The good news is if you put in the work upfront to get organized, and put in the work to set up systems to organize your home and life, you’ll save yourself time and effort in the long run. And help you avoid some of the common costs of being disorganized.

The benefits of getting your home and life organized will pay you back over and over again!

What is the Real Cost of Being Disorganized? And what to do about it

The cost of being disorganized

There are many costs of being disorganized. These costs can show up in many different ways and impact many different aspects of your life.

Today, let’s talk about some of the most common costs of being disorganized.

1. Costs you time

One of the biggest costs of being disorganized is the amount of time it costs you. When you are disorganized, so many tasks and activities take a lot longer than they necessarily need to.

For example, when you’re disorganized, you’ll likely spend a lot of time looking for things. Things you can’t find when you need them or can’t remember where they are. Looking for lost items is not only time-consuming, but it’s really frustrating too!

It also tends to take more time to get tasks done because of mess and clutter getting in your way. Or you can’t find the things you need to complete your tasks. Things like cooking, cleaning, household chores, doing hobby activities, working, etc. can all take longer when you have disorganized mess and clutter getting in your way.

Not only that, but you tend to waste a lot of time shuffling clutter from one spot to another to clear space or tidy up. You might shift a pile of clutter off your counters onto your desk so you can cook. Then need to shift it off your desk again when it’s time to work.

Instead of getting organized and dealing with the clutter, you’re stuck in a cycle of wasting time shuffling it around your house.

2. Costs you money

The cost of being disorganized can often become a very tangible cost over time as well.

For example, you might end up needing to rebuy lost or misplaced items you can’t find when you need them.

There are also missed due dates or late fees when paperwork is misplaced or forgotten about. Along with missed appointments and commitments when you forget or double-book yourself.

There’s even the cost of food waste to consider when you over-buy, buy duplicates, don’t end up using the food you bought, etc.

3. Costs you peace

A less tangible, but very important cost of being disorganized is that disorganization can also cost you peace.

It’s stressful to lose, misplace and forget things. It’s stressful, frustrating and draining when tasks and activities take more time and effort than necessary.

Disorganization increases your workload, making you work harder to complete your daily tasks. As well as increases your mental load, making it harder to manage and keep up with your home, life, schedule, etc.

But there is a solution

The good news is, there is a solution to all of these costs. By getting organized you can reclaim your time, money and peace!

Here are some examples of organization systems and routines that will help save time, money and peace of mind.

1. Meal planning

Deciding what to cook and eat every day can be stressful when you don’t have a good system to make it easier. When you have a good meal planning system, you can save time, stress, money and make your life a lot easier.

Meal planning requires you to put in some time upfront. But removes a big source of daily stress when you always know what to cook and know you have the ingredients available to make it.

It saves time when you can make cooking decisions faster and easier. And don’t have to make multiple trips to the grocery store to get the ingredients you need.

It can even help save you money by avoiding overbuying or food waste. And encourages you to eat at home more saving you money on take out or dining out.

2. Daily routines

Another great way to get organized is by developing strong daily routines to help make your home easier to manage and make it less time-consuming to keep up with.

I like to have a morning routine and an evening routine. Between these two routines, all of the basic chores get done, our home stays easy to manage and keep up with and messes don’t have a chance to get out of control.

During my morning routine I:

  • Unload the dishwasher
  • Clean up breakfast dishes
  • Wipe the bathroom counters and sinks
  • Make the beds
  • Start a load of laundry
  • Quickly tidy the whole house

During my evening routine I:

  • Do the dishes, wipe the kitchen counters and start the dishwasher
  • Fold and put away the laundry
  • Make lunches & prepare for the next day
  • Quickly vacuum any space that needs it
  • Tidy and reset the whole house

Developing these strong daily routines saves time and stress because messes don’t have a chance to get out of control. And your home stays tidy, comfortable and pleasant to be in on a regular basis. Helping you feel less overwhelmed and more on top of things in your home.

3. Cleaning routines

You can also have a daily or weekly cleaning routine where you tackle cleaning chores.

The stronger these routines and habits become, the more they start happening automatically. Helping you keep up with your home automatically. Getting your tasks and chores done without any extra planning or thought required.

When your cleaning tasks become automatic and on a schedule, it can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed or behind because you have a plan to get to everything. You don’t need to worry about when you’ll get certain tasks done. They are all built into your schedule.

4. Paperwork system

Another great way to get organized is having a system to handle paperwork. A system that helps you manage paperwork in your home, keep track of important dates, due dates, things that need attention, etc.

Paper clutter is something many people struggle with. And paperwork has the tendency to get out of control quickly.

The key to preventing paper clutter from overwhelming you is having a system to manage the paper coming and going in your home.

Set up a system that works for you and your habits. Notice where paper tends to pile up in your home and create a system to work with those natural tendencies.

Try to create a system that will contain paperwork so you’re not dealing with piles of papers everywhere. And gives you a space limit to avoid collecting too much paperwork and continuing to feel overwhelmed. Aim to keep paperwork organized and easy to access when you need it.

Once you’ve found a system that works for you (which can take some trial and error!), get in the habit of using your system regularly so it serves its purpose in your life.

Sort paperwork as soon as it comes into your home. Tossing what you don’t need and filing what you do need in your system. I like to have a place for action items that need further attention, a place to file items that need to be saved (either physically or digitally), and a place to keep items I may need to reference again in the future.

5. Laundry system

Another household task that can easily become overwhelming is the laundry. Setting up a system to keep up with laundry will not only help you get organized but will also prevent laundry from piling up and stressing you out.

A good laundry system makes it almost automatic to keep up with the laundry, removing a significant source of stress from your life.

Decide what will work best for you. You can do a load of laundry a day, all the laundry once a week, or something different.

The key is deciding what will work best for you, building the habit and sticking with it.

6. Get organized

And of course, one of the best ways to avoid the costs of being disorganized is by getting organized!

Getting your home organized and functioning well makes it easy to find what you need when you need it, keep your home tidy and feel on top of things at home.

The key to getting organized is always thoroughly decluttering first so there is less stuff to manage and organize.

Once you’ve decluttered and have less stuff to manage, organize what’s left to make life easier and save you time. Organize your closets, cupboards, drawers, shelves, etc. so you can easily find what you need when you need it and keep track of things. Make it easy to function in your home by organizing your spaces to function well.

The cost of being disorganized

I hope today’s post will help show you there is a cost to being disorganized. And show you that putting in the time and effort to get organized will pay off over and over again in the long run.

Has today’s post inspired you to get more organized at home? Leave a comment and let me know so I can cheer you on!

What is the Real Cost of Being Disorganized? And what to do about it
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