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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Why Now Is The Time To Get Organized!

By January 9, 2014

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As we've been discussing in recent blog posts, January is a time when most people take stock of their lives and work on making positive changes. It's also the perfect time to get serious about getting organized. Why?

One reason is because January is National Clean Up Your Computer Month as well as National Get Organized Month. (In fact, both National Clean Off Your Desk Day and National Organize Your Home Day fell during this month as well--some people really want to help us get inspired to get organized!)

Another reason is that being organized can help you reduce stress. Clutter slowly and subtly drains you of energy when you're surrounded by it (in Feng Shui, the art of placement, they call that energy chi), as not only does it serve as a visual reminder of all the cleaning and organizing that needs to be done, but it can rob you of time as you search for lost items, and rob you of usable space in your home. (Read more about the hidden costs of clutter.)

Therefore, in the interest of stress relief (as well as all of those national observances), I'm bringing you a useful and diverse group of stress relief resources that can help you organize your work space, keep your home clean, and more. Enjoy!

Organizing Resources From Elizabeth Scott and About.com

  • How Cleaning Can Help Relieve Stress
    Cleaning, if done in a certain way, can actually serve to help relieve stress. Learn about how you can make your home beautiful and de-stress at the same time!
  • How To Organized A Desk Quickly
    This quick video can walk you through the steps of organizing a desk, which can relieve stress and boost productivity.

  • How To Organize Your Tax Documents
    If you'd like to reduce tax season stress, now is the perfect time to start (or finish) organizing your tax documents. Here's a simple document that can explain what you need to keep and why, making it easy to get organized.

  • Organize Your Home Office
    From About.com's Personal Organizing Site, we ahve this resource that helps you organize your home office space in an organized way, to take the stress out of organizing.

  • Student Stress Relief
    These de-cluttering and de-stressing techniques can be very helpful for students. De-stress and excel in school!
Many people have certain areas in their homes (my desk!) or certain types of clutter (incessant paper clutter!) that are particularly challenging for them. What types of clutter are especially difficult for you to cull? Do you have any organizing tips to share? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section!

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Comments
January 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm
(1) Stevie Knight says:

I think that with the holidays behind us and tax season getting ready to start, I considering getting organized at work a totally important thing and something I have to focus on. Actually I work for an accountant in Miami so it’s kind of part of the job getting the papers and files together and put away before the clients start rolling in. It’s hard at times when the mess has been around for so many months, but I like to take it bit by bit so it’s not so intimidating. That or else, I ignore it all together and my friends at work threatened to take picture of mess and enter it in this online contest called ‘Pimp My Cube’ – I would rather clean up my own mess.

August 17, 2012 at 8:58 am
(2) Leo says:

My essential business app on iPad to organize my work is Beesy. It helps me to organize my day with tasks, toDo list automatically generated. Very useful also in meetings to donít miss a thing. I hightly recommend it http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/

January 29, 2013 at 6:16 am
(3) Stress Relief says:

Excellent tips. Really useful stuff .Never had an idea about this, will look for more of such informative posts from your side.. Good job…Keep it upStress Relief

February 8, 2013 at 12:51 am
(4) Marvin Williams says:

Getting organized requires a whirlwind of activity, but STAYING organized requires a system. Some people are finding their digital systems are lacking, and they still end up with paper notes and penciled to-do lists lying around. There is a way to corral all of those bits of paper into an easy system that has been used by Fortune 500 executives around the world. It is being reintroduced this year at the height of the digital revolution precisely because there are some tasks for which paper and pen are better suited. To learn more about this respected system, read about it at ScanCardOrganizer.com.

April 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm
(5) Georgia says:

Just a thought: if Jan is (was!) National Organizing Month, it would be nice to see more cool ofrfes. (If there were, I must have missed it.)Love your newsletters; thanks for sharing the great info.

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