The reason for my tagline “Life is easier when it’s organized” is because I believe so strongly in that simple statement being true. When I was brainstorming for tagline ideas at the inception of Organized To A T, this one was always the front runner. It is why I had always been organized, even from a young age. I simply wanted to make life easier…so that I had more time to do the things I loved!
I try to spread this message of easing the burden of an unorganized life with my clients. It is truly the organization of the small things in life that can make such a huge difference. Below is the recent story of a client who experienced the true meaning of life being easier when it’s organized.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with this client for a while now. We first started working on a filing system for her but have touched on so many things: a digital to-do list, a bill paying system, a gift wrapping area, even reorganizing her junk drawer. In setting up the filing system, we took a lot of time separating documents out that needed to be in a secure area: wills, life insurance policies, deeds, etc. With the help of a safe, the fabulous Peter Walsh plastic envelopes and a label marker, this client now has the piece of mind that her and her family’s most important documents are, well, safe. Literally! Amongst the documents that you might imagine would go in a safe, there are 2 pages of copies of her and her husband’s drivers licenses and credit cards. I suggested that she have these copies on hand in case a card was lost or stolen. They were placed in a plastic envelope along with her passport and social security card.
Flash-forward to just last week. The client was unfortunately involved in a car accident and somewhere in the midst of taking her car to the auto body shop, lost her license. Already stressed out about the accident and nursing a couple of sore knees, the last thing she needed was ANOTHER headache. When the license failed to appear, she readied herself to head over to the DMV to get a replacement. Under good circumstances, I’m sure we can all agree that the DMV is the equivalent of hell on earth. However, the pain of this process was slightly diminished because instead of frantically looking for her social security card and passport, she simple headed upstairs, spun the combination lock and grabbed the envelope with all the pertinent documents. It took her less than a minute before she was headed out the door.
So, what’s the moral of this story? 10 minutes of organizing can truly make.your.life.easier. It’s not always about having the perfect closet or a well thought out pantry. However, it is always about taking simple steps to get your life organized so that when stress appears (and you know it always will), you can combat it easily! Small changes. Big results.