I was awe struck to find blogs and books written about Organising. I had never given organising so much of a thought. I was shocked! Never saw this topic could be given so much of importance and could never understand why?!
When I had my second kid and was taking care of him at home, I was a mess. There was stuff lying all over the house in a haphazard way and I badly wanted the place to be neat and tidy if not sparkling clean. Our sofa would be filled with stuff leaving hardly any place to sit. But, sadly, I consistently ran out of energy to do the cleaning and tidying up. So, all I did with the little energy left me was sulk and stay irritated! I would look at the clutter and wished it would disappear because I felt it crushing me. At that point, I didn’t realise that what I needed was a little tuition on organising. I persistently thought all I needed was some time management skills. When I need any kind of advice on such matters, I usually look up pinterest. As I was browsing and reading I realised that more than time management skills, what I needed was to be more organised.
It was vital that I had to organise – organise myself, house, kitchen, my whole life. There were more than one blog, cautioning to take baby steps if not we would stumble back to square one. As always said, start slow – stay steady. I divided each room to section, I promised I’d do just one section per day even if I felt I wanted to do more. I would set right one section, say my clothes wardrobe, once it was organised, all I had to do was maintain it that way it required much less time than organising the whole wardrobe and I could find stuff where it intended to be. I just went with the age-old principle of – Give everything a place and everything will be in place. While I was organising I also decluttered. I made space for the essential and put away the stuff that were not used for a long time. I took it easy but covered all the corners of the house.
Gradually, things fell into place. Now, all I was required to do was maintain it this way. This maintenance took just 15-20 mins of my day. I would go room to room, put things in its place, if it had a place in that room else would drop it in a big basket. Later, sorted the stuff in the basket room-wise and put it back in their respective places in their respective rooms. This was the start. I felt incredible. I can’t express the joy of an organised and clean house. I no longer had to search for things, it would be usually be in its place. I started to sense that I had more energy left me and was a much more peaceful person. That’s when the importance of organising completely dawned upon me. Then, I started to gradually organising everything around me. Every morning, with my cup of green tea for company, I sat down to write the meal of the day and tasks of the day and prioritised them. While listing down my tasks I tried to be as practical as possible. So I could feel happy with my accomplishment. Progressively, this lead to drawing up weekly meal plans and to-do lists every weekend. And, that freed up my morning from thinking what to cook today to make more productive use of this time. With all this, I was left with more time and energy at hand than ever. Plus, less irked and a calmer mind. I could find time to do a million things that really mattered to me like read a book or meditate. It felt great!
So, for a person’s mind to remain calm it is of utmost importance that his/her surroundings be organised and clean. A organised environment keeps your mind calm and thought more clear. I know, many may have a counter argument here. It is all in the mind. If you choose to stay calm, you could stay calm irrespective of the environment. I could not agree more but its also worthy to note that for mind to stay calm irrespective of its environment, it has to be strong, rock-solid strong. So nothing outside can influence it. I’m not sure how many of us have that strong a mind? If we don’t, we can always build it. Till we get that kind of mental strength, we could take the help of a organised and clean living space to stay calm and focused.
All of this also got me thinking on another point. No doubt that the litter and clutter in the house was eating up my energy and draining me. If the clutter in the house could drain me so much, what about my littered thoughts, thoughts like thinking ill about people, judging people, thinking negative, being anxious, and so on? Would it not drain my brain? Shouldn’t I be organising and decluttering my mind as well? So, this became my next project and my this year’s resolution. To declutter my mind. To keep the essential and put away the rest. I have taken my first step forward towards having a decluttered and organised mind by practicing gratitude, forgiveness and mindfulness along with keeping my environment organised.
Thank you for reading. Do share your thoughts and views about organising our surroundings and our minds.