I love how everyday life can create blog posts that I have never thought of before. That is how this blog post came to be, and I honestly can’t believe I haven’t posted about it before now.
So, here is the story…
As you guys know, my husband and I are in the process of purchasing a new home. We get a call from the bank last week asking us to send them a copy of our bank ticket from where we deposited the check from the sale of our old home. It is crazy how much paperwork is required these days due to stealing and robbery. They had a copy of our transaction, but they needed to see the actual deposit slip and check that I gave the bank. You may be wondering why they couldn’t just pull it up. Well, our banking and mortgage are through two different banks.
So, my husband gets off the phone, relays the message to me, and I think I know exactly where this information is…
30 minutes later, I am still rummaging through paperwork and can’t find it. It didn’t help that our office was basically a bunch of boxes stacked on top of each other (it will be the first room moved when we close).
As I was thumbing through papers and getting more angry as I went along, I said to myself, “And, this is why I have to be organized!”
And, that is how this blog post was created!
One little session of confusion that lead to me having to go to the bank and get the information formed this blog post. This one little episode reminded me why organizing is a huge part of my life and I wanted to share that information with y’all.
1. Saves Me Time
If my office was put together and organized, trying to locate a single document would not have required so much time. It may have taken me a couple minutes tops. Time is very valuable to me. It seems like there are not enough hours in the day, so every minute is precious. Organizing allows me to spend that time doing things I want to do rather than trying to hunt down a piece of paper.
2. Helps My Mood
If I can’t find something, my mood immediatley plummets. I start questioning myself and wondering how in the heck I forgot something. Remember, I have mommy brain! Creating my to do lists definitely helps with my mood and with my remembering things.
I am the individual in our household that usually organizes everything, so I should know where everything is at any given moment. When my husband asks me where something is and I can’t find it, I feel like I have let the whole family down. And, that makes me angry at myself. “How could I do this? Why would I not put this in the right place? I won’t do this again.” Usually comes out of my mouth.
3. Keeps Me Calm
When I walk into my living room and see a huge mess, my stress level immediately rises. I really don’t know why. I guess that is how I am wired and unorganization is what throws my wiring all off. My husband doesn’t really understand it and I can’t really explain it to him. I just know that my brain doesn’t like it.
If everything has a “home” and placed in it’s “home,” then my brain is at ease. Balance and order keep me sane!
I wish I wasn’t that way, but you can’t change the wiring God gave you.
4. Controls My Worrying
Have I mentioned I am prone to worrying? It is another character flaw. I worry about everything from getting sick to getting killed in a car accident to questioning whether I turned everything off in the house. So, organization around the house takes a few things off of my worrying list.
You know that paper I couldn’t locate… Well, I worry about where I really placed it and why I couldn’t find it. If I would’ve been organized, I wouldn’t have to worry about it.
Organization = Less Worrying
These things may all seem trivial or uncommon to you. If that is the case, I envy you. I wish I was a person that could come in the house and not worry if the kitchen table was piled up with papers. But, I am not. Keeping order and organization going on in my household keeps me happy and in turn, keeps my family happy.