Why bother tidying when I am coming back to it later?
October 12, 2016
BY Amy Kennedy
We explore some common objections to organising your home.
Why bother tidying when I am coming back to it later?
Why bother tidying when I am coming back to it later

We explore some common objections to tidying and organising your home.

It is waste of my time to put things away when I am not finished my project.  I don’t understand the benefits in being organised.

This is an objection that I hear frequently, along with comments similar to the following:

What is the point in organising when my child is just going to come along and mess it all up again? Isn’t it a waste of my time?

Why should I put my book away, I am going to read it again later this evening?

Why waste my time putting my shoes away when I am just going to put them on again when I leave the house?

I haven’t finished my project, it’s more convenient if leave it out, why should I put it away now when I will have to get it out again?

I’m already super busy, when do I have time to organise?

I don’t like the idea of getting bogged down with to-do lists, isn’t it more fun to live in the moment?

Spending time playing with my family is way more important than a tidy house. I can’t have both, so I choose my family.

Sound familiar? They are all valid objections to tidying and organising your home.

They are all ones that I have pondered on many times myself before I found the joy and benefits of being organised and living within an organised home. 

Yes, it may feel like adding another task to your already overflowing list of ‘to-dos’ is a backwards step now, wasted time, or unnecessary even. The fact that I never put things away infuriated my husband and he couldn’t comprehend why I thought it would be easier if I left things out.  Now I fully comprehend the benefits of being organised for both the short and long term and see the big flaws in the assumptions that I once held.  I now spend less time cleaning, yet can maintain a tidy home and have way more time for me. If you are interested, you can read more about my personal organising story.

Overcoming the mental hurdle that ‘it is less work for you if you leave your things out when you know that you will use them again’ can be very challenging.  It may be less work now, but it compounds in the long run.

It is difficult to explain without experiencing the benefits personally, but organising your home can have profound and positive impacts on your life.

You can read more about the benefits of being organised here, or if you would like a hand to become a little more organised, please contact us.


The Organising Bee is a professional organiser based in Canberra. Amy Kennedy supports families to organise their homes and their time. Book a free consultation with Amy and talk about ways you can organise yourself so you can spend your time doing the things you love.


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