What are the benefits to being better organised?

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Soon after my helper went back a year ago, I was looking desperately for my camera charger. I looked high and low, in the study, bedroom, living room, and could not find it anywhere. I was tempted to just pick up the phone and call or message her in Medan, Indonesia. I resisted the urge. I spent days searching and finally found it hidden in a corner of the living room, blocked by books, near a power socket, probably from the last time the camera was charged a month or two before.

Our helper Anna was a big help to our family, handling the cooking, cleaning and kids. But organisation wasn’t her strength. When she left, I started on my journey to declutter and organise my home (and discovered my love for all things organised). First up was the study which housed an Ikea Expedit. The cubbies were convenient for dumping things and hiding mess. I gave it some semblance of order and this is what it looked like after I tidied it. It is far from complete, more work needs to be done, and I will write about that another time. But at the very least, I can now find my camera charger easily. All chargers (travel, camera, phone etc) are located at the bottom left cubby!

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If you are not yet motivated by the story of my missing camera charger :), I have with me today a professional organiser from Singapore, Ms Georgina Wong, to share the benefits of being better organised:

1. You’ll have more time for yourself
If you are better organised, you will waste less time looking for things (I so agree!) and and will have more time for yourself and the things you love to do.  With an organised and efficient schedule to keep you on track, you will be able to make quicker decisions, and hopefully spend less time working. Productivity goes up and you will have more time for yourself!

2. You’ll feel good about your environment
Being disorganised means you may be worried about unexpected visitors to your home or office. Think visits from mother-in-law or business contacts. Get organised and you’ll always feel good about your surroundings. Your organised office will allow you to present a professional image to clients, superiors and peers. A clutter-free environment frees up space and is also easier to manage. Your stress level will decrease dramatically. When you can find what you need, are on top of your to-do list, you’ll feel calmer and have a peace of mind.

3. You’ll be healthier
Get organised and you’ll have more time to exercise regularly and plan healthy meals for yourself and your family.

4. You’ll save more money
When you’re organised, you’ll avoid misplacing things, buying duplicates and paying overdue fines. Library fines anyone?

5. You’ll achieve more
When you’re organised, you will be better equip to streamline tasks that take up too much time, and find ways to eliminate tasks that aren’t necessary.

Ms Georgina Wong is also the event organiser of the Singapore National Organising Week, which takes place next week from 2nd to 7th September 2013.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/AsianProfessionalOrganisers

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I know it’s easier said than done. I tell myself I need to be more organised, but it takes time and effort to first organise, then upkeep the system. I’ve already seen some benefits. I no longer dig high and low for my travel souvenirs since I organised them. This time, I’m just glad I found my camera charger Before my trip. Of course, I havn’t started looking for the spare memory cards I know are somewhere in the house…  🙂

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2 thoughts on “What are the benefits to being better organised?

  1. misssrobin September 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I love to organize. I’ve had the whole house organized many times. Getting the other six people who live in the house with me to follow my plan and keep it up is another story. I guess eventually most of them will move out and we’ll see if it really was them. Enjoy your new system.

    Stopping by from SITS.

    • Jane Ng September 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Hi Misssrobin, Thanks. I so agree with you! Seems like I’m the only one on the organisation quest at home! We’ll see how I can convert them (the young ‘uns, not the hubby!)

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