Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Organise

When everything around me seemed really chaotic, I realised how unorganised I had become. Apart from the various things and relationships I should have gotten rid of and was trying to hold on to, I was also having a lot of mental baggage. That’s when I learnt this mantra- being Organised.

Being organised does not mean getting rid of everything you own or trying to become a different person. It’s about living the way you want to live, but in a better way.  The more organised your life is, the calmer you will feel. It is like getting rid of the excess baggage. What you have left will be all of your favourite things from every part of your life.

The need to get organised is not limited to the physical surrounding. When your physical surrounding is cluttered, it clutters your mind and spirit. Because clutter is not just in the home, attic, garage or office; it is also in the mind. Clutter distracts you from the amazing things you are meant to do.  Once you de-clutter your life and keep it organised, you will not only get rid of the unnecessary but will also have plenty of time for the necessary.  A lot of us hang on to things, people, relationships and events like we are afraid to let it go. But organising your life is therapeutic, it is almost meditative.  Look at everything as a part of a story.... your story. Thank the items for having been a part of your story, close that chapter and move on.

Here are some tips to get your physical surroundings organised. Ask yourself these questions when you need to organise-

Do you need and use it regularly? Or are you saving it ‘just in case’? It is replaceable easily?

If you have not used it for one year, and not likely to use it in another five years, you are never likely to use it ever again. So there is no point saving it for a future time, unless it is very expensive and not available easily.

Does it have sentimental value? If it doesn’t, what are you saving it for?

Do you have more than one? We are adept in stocking up things, and unless we really need the spare ones, it makes sense to donate it to someone who may need it.

And finally ‘When in doubt throw it out’.

It is easier to organise objects than organising your mind. The mind is more fickle. It can take you on an elaborate guilt trip on one day and give you a good battering the very next day. So, when you need to organise your mind, these tips may be handy-

Accept situations as they are. You cannot change situations; you can only change your attitude towards it.

Don’t be hard on yourself. Give yourself a little love. It’s not always your fault.

Don’t fall in to the trap of guilt and fear. We often fall into this trap and end up holding a lot of emotional baggage.

You don’t have to be in control all the time. Let go of control.

Visualise what is important to you.

Focus on things that make you feel good.

Let go of things and people who pollute your life.

Keep what is worth keeping and throw away the rest.

Organising your life and mind is not about perfection, it is about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter and improving your overall quality of life. Here’s wishing you a clutter free life!!


  1. Titli I agree with you that that clutter should not be allowed to accumulate neither in your surroundings nor in your mind. The tips are very practical and can be followed without any constraint.

  2. while reading this post i realised how i actually had never thought about organizing the mind! almost every point u quoted for organizing the mind, i was doing d opposite of it! its time for some change now :-)

  3. I suffer from a serious case of OCD. Organizer is my second name and I go to dangerous heights for get things sorted. In life too. I do not like chaos. I prioritize things and go about them.

  4. First up, Titli , this is a well-organised post , I can see the organised way you've arranged your thoughts and made it easy for us to remember:)
    Yes, a little bit of organising is needed everyday for a smooth life, and once in a while, a major de-cluttering will help us be more organised with life !!
    A lesson for all of us to learn and remember :)

  5. Nice post and good choice of word! My mum suggested Organised when I was thinking of words from O but I chose another word :)

  6. Often, we keep things 'just in case' even though we don't really need them. Instead, we could give them to people who really need them.

  7. i'm little messed up kind of person .. from my desk to my life :( .. i wish i could follow this mantra - being organised ... nicely worded with some hitting lines as always :)

  8. Every couple of months I go through a stage of needing to organise everything in my life. It's usually a couple of days of me burying myself away from everyone else but it is incredible and I always feel better after doing it...

  9. a cluttered room does reflect a cluttered mind. Lovely post!

  10. Excellent post. I am a big believer in organizing too - inner and outer. I just wish I was also this good at regularly doing what I believe in... :) This is a very good reminder to now get organized some more....inwardly as well as outwardly. Thanks :)

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  11. I am so bad at organizing, but it's important to remember loving yourself, just to get through it. :)

  12. I generally live in organized chaos if that makes sense. LOL You have inspired me. Maybe there is hope for me yet! ♥

  13. Organising our thoughts will free our minds of the clutter it accumutes. It took me time to do so, but was the better for it. Your post is I enjoyed. Still working on the outer clutter. AtoZer

  14. I learned this lesson from my boss at work a long time ago. He noticed that my workspace was chaotic. I had several projects going on at once, but finding it difficult to complete any of them. He taught me how to organize myself and it made a huge difference in my productivity.
    Visiting from a-z challenge.

  15. I am the queen Of collecting clutters. Indeed I need to learn how to organize stuffs.

  16. Ah! I am a lot better at decluttering my mind than my surroundings :)

  17. Great write! I couldn't agree more:)


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