Awesome Apprenticeship: October

We asked Courtney Ramirez to be our Awesome Apprentice; she’s taking the 52 Weeks to Awesome course and will be writing us a post at the end of each month to share her experiences with us.

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3 Reasons Why Organizing is Good for the Soul

I had a rude awakening when I moved to college: I realized that not everyone is as much of a Type A neat freak as I was.

Wanting to make peace with my roommates, I slacked off in my organizational ways. Then I got a little less organized when I got married to a very creative, very spontaneous, very unorganized man. Then I had two babies in two years, and if you’re a parent you know how that goes.

Suffice to say, in the last fourteen years I went from highly organized young lady to a woman who’s inner Type A voice is screaming “What the heck are you doing?”

Try as I might, I had a hard time getting reorganized. Then this month’s exercises (especially week 36: “Decluttering Essentials”) snapped me back into shape and I began to see that being unorganized is not me.

Being Type A doesn’t mean being a stick in the mud or having no feelings. It’s how I work – and it feeds my soul.

Even if you’re a little more on the creative side like my husband, getting organized and purging your clutter can be a soul-expanding experience.

And here are my three reasons why:

1. You only have so much room in your brain.

Trying to keep everything in your head and not on paper is soul sucking. There are so many details through your brain that on any given day you’re dealing with thousands of people of information.

When you try to hold it all in without getting it out, you’re wasting your mind on the details. Get those little details out so you can save your brainpower for more important things.

2. Being disorganized can cause excess stress.

How simple is it to meditate, relax, or reflect when you have a million things that are stressing you out? How can you spend time developing your soul and deepening your connection with what matters in life if you can’t remember if your library books are due today or tomorrow?

Being disorganized means that you have more stress and are less able to relax. Get everything out of your head and onto paper – or onto your computer, or in a digital to-do list (yes, there’s an app for that), or whatever system works for you – so you can reduce your stress and spend time on more important matters.

3. Getting organized feels good!

The simple act of purging out that overflowing junk drawer, donating old clothes and books, or cleaning out those dreaded closets gives you a fresh start and lifts your spirits. If you find small ways to purge out the old and bring in the new, you’ll see that it can lift your spirits and open your door for new things to come into your life.

Try purging out the old, writing down everything you want to accomplish, and putting it all down on the calendar.

You’ll be surprised by how good it feels – I certainly was!

Courtney Ramirez is a content, seo and marketing superhero consultant by day and geeky BBC sitcom watching mom and wife by night. When not developing carpal tunnel by writing for her clients or playing the Sims, she’s homeschooling two girls and toying around with the idea of starting a new blog. You can follow her on Twitter.

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