Whenever I perform an initial consultation and needs assessment with my clients I always ask the same question: “What does clutter cost you?”. Inevitably people’s thoughts turn to money. However I think more in terms of success, health and time.
In terms of success, if you are disorganized in your work and clutter surrounds you, it’s difficult to focus. This decreases your creativity, productivity and effectiveness in accomplishing your goals which impacts negatively on your ability to be promoted and successful in your work.
In terms of health, having a cluttered home or workspace results in a cluttered mind. This drains your level of energy and causes stress, which we all know leads to a multitude of illnesses which can keep you from accomplishing your goals. In addition, the more clutter you have, the harder it is to keep your spaces clean resulting in dust build up on vertical and horizontal surfaces throughout. A definite health hazard, especially for those with respiratory issues.
Then there’s time. Once that’s gone, you can never get it back! If your space is disorganized it will take you at least twice as long to perform a task. You’re either spending twice as much time cleaning, finding the clothes you want to wear, locating those important documents and finding that all important report that your boss is waiting for! Don’t let clutter rob you of anything in your life. Take control and keep clutter at bay.