Ever say to yourself…”I can’t stand this mess, I just wish I could find some time to get more organized?”

Here are a few reasons why taking the effort to do so has tremendous benefits:

• Research conducted at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute shows that a cluttered environment reduces your ability to focus and process information, diminishing your productivity and negatively impacting your mood.

• Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40 percent of housework in the average home. 700,000 to 1.4 million Americans have compulsive disorder syndrome – difficulty in throwing away anything for fear that they may need the items later.

• Remember the 80/2 Rule: you use 20 percent of your things 80 percent of the time. Keep the important 20 percent easily accessible, remove the rest.

Susan Jarema, founder of Googol Learning writes: “Some of the benefits of organizing include:

• Give you more control - …feel more in control and less stressed by de-cluttering your home and an organized time schedule. Being late, forgetting things, climbing over clutter and searching for things at the last minute are stressful and time consuming

• You can find things when you want them - …a place for everything and everything in its place…you are able to find something when you want it and it saves you time

• Saves time and money - …save time and money planning ahead for grocery trips, find things quickly and not have to buy something again

• Provides more space - …reorganizing will produce more space even if you don’t throw anything away…plan ahead…life can be made simpler with less stuff

• Provides more time and balance in your life - …get projects done quicker…an organized person is in control of their time and able to schedule in time for the things that count

• Makes a good impression - …people will respect your ability to be on time and fulfill your commitments…you do better professionally…your children learn to be organized following your example

• Helps you achieve your goals - …more time for exercise, eating healthy…life will be less stressful…more time for yourself, your loved ones and activities you want to do.”

Based on all these statistics and benefits, what holds you back from getting organized? What are your excuses? Can you really afford not to get organized? Are you counting the cost to your health, career and family?

Take the “no more excuses” attitude. Book a 4 hour block on your calendar, find a “buddy” to help hold you accountable to get it done and a reward for doing so!

Here is the statement I have heard repeatedly by those who take the bull by the horns, jump in with both feet and make it happen.

“I’ve never had so much freedom! I have all this time now to enjoy my spouse, my children, doing activities I love that I haven’t done in years!”

“Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.” – Christina Scalise

My challenge to you…why not YOU, why not NOW!