Organizing can make you happy

Clutter and disorganization can be depressing. It may seem too hard ever to get a handle on and that makes you discouraged before you even start. The enthusiasm and energy you need to make any headway just isn’t there.

Or, it’s the other way around.

I’m always amazed at how a little bit of organizing can have a huge effect on the way a room looks and feels and, in turn, how I feel about it. This can be as simple as clearing off a section of the desk (like the DMZ I wrote about in December).

This concept is illustrated in my forthcoming book, Five Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom. It identifies five simple things you can do to create more order and serenity in the bedroom. The key is that spending a short period of time has a huge payoff, which motivates you to keep doing it.

Instead of getting overwhelmed by the amount of work there is to do, focus on decluttering a small area and keeping it that way. Really appreciate what you’ve accomplished and let it inspire you.

If you can do that tiny bit, you can do another tiny bit. And so on.

Research has found that although we smile because we are happy, smiling also makes us happy. Doing a little organizing can make you feel encouraged and hopeful. Don’t wait to feel that way before you start.

One way to start is by having a ripening drawer. I wrote about this in November and recently posted a success story about using a ripening drawer on my blog. Try it!