My good friend, Sandy Spagnolo, is an organizational expert. You might have read about her in Bethesda Magazine (November 2006). She has run her own business for years, and I can personally attest to her skills. I don’t win any prizes for neatness – never have. My two kids, my pack-rat husband, and the dog also add to the confusion and make for messy times around the house. And while we’re able to pull it together when we have company, our usual state of affairs is pretty schlocky.
Whenever I go over to Sandy’s house, an almost imperceptible sigh escapes my lips. She’s SO together. Clean counter tops (no mounds of homework, bills, newspapers and god knows what to be found there). A kitchen table that is actually ready for meals. A living room free of dog toys, boxes, old Christmas cards, highlighters & socks (don’t ask). She’s an inspiration.
Over the years, Sandy has helped me out with some pretty hefty cleaning/organizational projects. Probably the most successful was getting the laundry/storage area in order. Sandy lamented over the fact that she had forgotten to take a “before” picture (oh, that made me feel good). And, after the transformation I heard my cleaning lady gasp in surprise (another feel good moment). Clearly, I’ve benefited from her help.
So, why is getting organized is so important? Here are 10 good reasons why:
- It saves you money $$$. Ever buy anything because you couldn’t find what you needed at home (think AAA batteries). A well organized house with easily accessible supplies can save you money.
- Saves you time. Running out to buy batteries is a good 20 minute errand for me. I’d rather spend it in other ways.
- Reduce clutter. The benefits of a clean living space are infinite. Me, I walk into my house and think “Lord, what a dump. Time to clean.” So much nicer to walk into your own organized house and focus in on what YOU want to do, not clutter control.
- Relieves stress. What’s that saying… a cluttered house = a cluttered mind. Speaking from experience, there’s a sliver of truth in that saying,
- Increase your productivity. With all that saved time and improved mental health, you can be more efficient in your output.
- Saves space. Do you really need to hold onto those old plates that you inherited from Aunt Eleanor? Will you ever use them? If not, get rid of them and take advantage of the found real estate in your home!
- Locate supplies readily. If you’ve got a system in place, finding stuff is a whole lot easier (doesn’t mean I’ll get rid of my junk drawer, though).
- Protect your stuff. How many times have you tripped over the sports equipment that gets left in the hallway. Perhaps, like me, you’ve stepped on a few too many ping pong balls, or earbuds. If it’s off the floor and in it’s proper space, you won’t be damaging the goods.
- Look good for your friends. Well, I can vouch for that. Sandy’s place looks fabulous.
- Have more fun entertaining. How many of you hesitate to entertain because it’s such a chore to get ready? Come on… admit it. If your house is good to go, then so are you. And people with lots of friends are said to live longer.
Get rid of clutter, live longer. I like that. Sandy saves lives.
The best way to track Sandy down is through e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org