The recent Nor’easters plunged many New Englanders into the
dark. The lights went out, along with the heat and hot water, the Internet, and
phone service. We were left powerless.
Downed wires and fallen tress across roadways and on rooftops made for dangerous conditions and added to the prolonged toil of digging out in the hopes of getting back to normal quickly. The days stretched on endlessly for some, and promises of
flipping the switch were only a dream away. We were at the mercy of utility
workers, who no doubt were working feverishly around the clock, to identify the
causes of the damage and restore the simple and everyday amenities we have come
to take for granted. Many a conversation
began with, “Did you lose power?” Just about everyone had a story to tell - how
cold it was in their homes without heat, how disconcerting it was not to have
TV available, regrets of not owning a generator, and how long it took for the
power to be restored.
So often, I hear people use the word ‘overwhelming’ when
referring to their cluttered homes and disorganized offices. In other words, they
Being without power as a result of severe weather conditions
was a temporary situation, and being prepared with charged devices, flashlights and batteries,
candles and the matches to light them, helped make the situation bearable, feeling a bit like an adventure. The constant state of feeling powerless to
clutter and disorganization, however, feels like anything but an adventure. In
fact, studies and research have shown that clutter is a direct source of stress.
Just as it’s always a good idea to prepare for the possible eventualities
before a storm threatens, there’s no need to wait to get your home organized.
Prepare it to use just the way you wish, knowing where to find things at a
moment’s notice – especially when the lights go out.