One of the single most important habits that will help you stay organized is to put things away
all the time. Putting things away after use is insurance that you will be able to find those things again when you need them. It also keeps your home feeling good, clear of the clutter of things left out in the open.
Everything is alive with energy, positive or negative. A jacket might have positive energy because you love the color, fit and style. However, the energy of that jacket changes when it’s thrown over a chair instead of put away in a closet. It takes on negative energy because it has landed where it is not supposed to be because it’s irritating to see it out of place. It’s energy is similar to that of litter — irritating and therefore negative.
You may know it’s better to put things away, but you keep leaving things out. What are the reasons that you do that? Following are some common reasons that things don’t get put away.
- It’s easier to leave things out and/or not put them away.
- You tell yourself you will do it later. But, do you?
- You think it will take a lot of time to put away.
- You tell yourself that there are other more pressing things that need to be done.
- You think putting things away is tedious and boring.
- You are unaware that you’ve left things out because your attention has shifted to something else.
- It’s a habit to drop things without thought.
- It’s a habit to leave things out.
- It’s not easy to put things away because where they belong is too full of other things.
- The item doesn’t have a home, a place where it can be stored.
What does it cost you to not put things away regularly?
- You can’t find things when you need them.
- You create a space that over time feels chaotic and uncomfortable.
- You attract criticism from others.
- The negative energy of the space causes increased irritability between family members.
- You waste money because you buy things you already own but can’t find.
- You are less productive because you can’t think clearly in a messy space.
- As your space becomes more cluttered, negative energy increases and your self-esteem dips. You feel bad about yourself and your space.
- You create negative energy blocks that distract you from what it most important.
- You create negative energy that blocks good things from coming to you.
Can you really afford to wait until “later” to put things away? The longer you wait to put something away, the harder it will be to make yourself do it. Make putting things away after use your “must do” habit to keep your life more peaceful and productive.
If despite your best efforts you cannot seem to develop the habit of regularly putting things away, it’s time to seek support to change your behavior. A coach can help you tease out what is preventing you from making the change you want, and can provide support and accountability as you try on new behaviors. Schedule a free 30-60 minute Back on Track phone coaching session to explore how you can develop new habits to keep you organized and on track with your goals.