The Benefits of Putting Stuff Away

As I was returning items to their designated storage space, I realized that not everyone is a fan of putting stuff away. Perhaps they think, “Why put something away if you are just going to use it again?” It’s a great question, so let’s explore some answers.

person putting stuff away by placing box into designated slot on shelf

Firstly, let’s consider why people don’t put things away. Perhaps it’s because:

  1. The items don’t have a designated home.
  2. It’s too much work.
  3. They are going to use the thing again tomorrow, next week, next month.
  4. They are afraid that if they put it away, they won’t be able to find it again.
  5. They procrastinate and tell themselves they’ll put it away later.

Next, let’s consider the benefits of putting stuff away.

  1. If you put something away when you finish with it, you know where it is when you need it.
  2. When you put things away as you go, you won’t have as much to tidy at the end of the day.
  3. If you put things in their designated home, your space will be tidy, creating a calm, relaxing environment.
  4. Contrarily, leaving everything out will eventually lead to a state of chaos, creating a stressful environment. (Who wants that?)
  5. Storing things where they belong can create family harmony. There will be fewer “Where are my keys?” dilemmas.

Now, I’m not saying that you must always put everything away. Leaving out a few things can remind you to work out or brush your teeth. Alternatively, you could block off a specific day as “put it away time.” For example, at the end of every day, clear the desk in your home office so you can start fresh every morning. It can be helpful to work with your co-habitants (we are all different) to decide how much clutter you can tolerate before it starts to have a negative effect.

Putting stuff away keeps your home neat and organized – which will make you feel great, I promise!

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