Harmony in your time and space
Why do we organize?
Why do we organize? After personal analysis and reflection, a definition for the purpose of organization emerged from my perspective:
We organize to honor life through the material world. Organizing allows us to live a fuller life in the present as this creates a more harmonious relationship with our possessions in the time and within space that we have.
The Time and Space formula is important for us to be clear, since these two factors go hand in hand, they will define the quality of our interior and exterior environment. Material objects have a great influence on our internal operating system as it is reflected on the outside and vice versa. The way our material world manifests reflects the way we function and think.
The advantage is that, if we organize the external material world, our interior is refreshed and lightened. In other words, if we tidy up and clean our space, the energy of the place will improve, and this will most likely influence us to feel better. The question is: How long do you have to use, care for, and maintain your possessions? and, how much space do you have?
Some statistics demonstrate the influence and power of decluttering and organizing:
People are more productive, less irritable, and less distracted in a clear space. (https://www.mother.ly/life/its-science-clutter-can-actually-give-you-anxiety)
People who sleep in messy rooms are more likely to have trouble sleeping. (According to a 2016 Cornell University study).
When people are in cluttered spaces, they are more likely to make poor eating choices. People with extremely messy homes are 77% more likely to be overweight. (According to a 2016 Cornell University study).
A tidy space would eliminate 40% of household chores in the average home. (According to the National Soap and Detergent Association).
Our possessions reflect who we are, what we like, our worldview, what our priorities are in general, etc. After having had the wonderful opportunity to enter many homes, it is natural to be able to give me an idea, within a few minutes, of the perspective of life of each family and the type of personalities that comprise it.
Each object speaks and the way these objects are organized gives a more complete idea of the whole. If the objects that we include in our space are harmoniously arranged, they will create the necessary balance for us to function efficiently. Arguably, an organized and orderly space gives us the immediate benefit of finding what we need when we need it. This helps us to live a fuller, healthier life, and leads us to obtain a harmony and balance between the mind, the body, and the spirit. Each cause will give an effect and here are some practical and everyday examples:
- If your things have a home and you return them there every time you use them, you will have the benefit of finding them quickly, so you can be more efficient and avoid delays and stress.
- If you know what you have and where you have it, there will be no duplication of objects and therefore you will save money.
- If you have only what you need, you will have more time to do the things you like, since you will have less to take care of, maintain, clean, etc.
Based on these benefits, the questions that would be good to ask yourself are:
- In what ways would I like to be more efficient?
- How would I like to use my personal energy and time?
- What activities would I like to do in the time I would have available since I would have less to take care of?
Currently the rhythm of life seems to be playing a race, so it is essential to simplify in order to function efficiently and in a relaxed way.
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to experience time differently by following an indigenous tradition. In this Native American circle, time ran in a vastly different way than we know it in the big cities. Every time there was a ceremony, the clocks seemed to disappear, and it was impossible to specify an exact time, everything worked with approximations and time kept pace with the individual and collective energy.
The Ceremony began when all the pieces of the puzzle were in place … for example, the ceremonial bonfire depended on the people in charge of starting the fire were ready, that the firewood was dry, that the temperature and the climate helped to light it, etc. With this experience I was able to experience time in a different way. The best lessons I learned there were:
- Time runs in the rhythm of the energy of each person.
- The people who come together enter the rhythm of the group energy.
- Patience is one of the best companions.
- Acceptance is necessary to flow to the rhythm of time in an organic way.
So, after having lived time in a different way, I learned that each of us should harness our personal and unique energy in an ecological way. So as many energies your body and your mind has… as many possessions you can have and take care of.
For each one to draw one’s own conclusion, it is necessary to inquire and ask yourself. What do I want to invest my energy in? What are my needs? What are my priorities? What are the values that frame those priorities? What are my strengths? Etc.
To find the answers to these questions, I share an exercise on Needs and Values that can help us define our priorities and re-evaluate the way we organize ourselves. I hope this is helpful for you to discover and define how you want to live from the present to the future.
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Link of the statistics: https://l.messenger.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thesimplicityhabit.com%2Fstatistics-on-clutter-that-will-blow-your-mind2F&h=AT2b3Zr332PXJx3Nb1sIGaH87TRJ4A0f3XjySk5E2u1RfZd3MDfNfxtc7NXoSTaHrHrjc7hIIlr9FPl2M86KpuP-qfP9yT2GM6JNW2jxU52vGI_NBN_yGosLnFFNjkj3NSTOsONGXnDa