Two days ago, the eastern portion of the United States experienced Hurricane Sandy first hand. The devastation is still mind boggling. Some sustained no damage to their homes. (I am one of them.) Some sustained minor damage and some sustained tremendous damage. Many are dealing with flooding in their homes and more are dealing with the loss of power.
When these natural disasters occur, I can't help but think about how being prepared can go a long way in making it easier to deal with the outcome.
I envision homes where clutter is everywhere, things are difficult to locate and when disaster strikes, there is chaos. Imagine having everything laying around in no particular place and having to find things quickly. It's next to impossible. Something as simple as your keys being misplaced can cause a lot of stress in this type of situation.
Things like food, clothing, medications, bedding, pet supplies, cell phone chargers, insurance policies and other important paperwork, etc. need to be easily located and gathered. Simple things such as batteries, flashlights, battery operated radios, non-perishable food, water and blankets are all needed when the power goes out. Sometimes, an evacuation plan is needed.
However, I also envision an organized home. An emergency preparedness plan is in place, essential items are gathered or easily accessible. There is no clutter to contend with and life is that much less stressful.
Clutter and disorganization are very stressful in our normal day to day lives. However, when we are suddenly dealing with a situation such as Hurricane Sandy, clutter is even more stressful.
Are you prepared for when disaster hits? Is your home clutter free and items are easy to locate? If not, you might want to re-evaluate your situation and think about how getting organized can go a long way in dealing with these types of situations.
If you need assistance in eliminating the clutter in your home and in your life, remember that you can have A Better Space. I am just a phone call away and I am here to help.
For those of you contending with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, please know you are in my thoughts. Be safe.