Get Organized. Change Your Life.
Getting organized is about more than just making your room look nice. When a home is properly organized and thriving to suit its families needs, there are real, tangible benefits to the people who live there - not just to their physical and mental health, but for their relationships and finances too.
Have you ever walked into a really neatly organized home or room and just instantly felt lighter because of the calming effect of the space? Or not been able to Netflix and chill until you tackled the mess in your living room? There’s a reason for that.
This post from Shape outlines some of the major benefits an organized home can have on your physical and mental health. So what good could you expect to come from doing some major clutter clearing?
It will make you happier.
A 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Found that women who lived in cluttered homes had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also found that women who described their homes as “restorative” or “restful” were less likely to be fatigued and depressed than women who described their homes as “cluttered” or “full or unfinished projects.”
This makes total sense to me. If you feel like you have a never ending to-do list or feel like you can’t get ahead of the clutter it’s makes sense that you can't relax! But if you’re home is functioning properly, you will save yourself so much time and energy.
It will improve your health.
This study published in Psychological Science found that people who spent more time in organized spaces were more likely to make healthier food choices. A study by an Indiana University also found that participants who kept their homes clean were healthier and more active. In fact home cleanliness seemed the be the clearest predictor of physical health than any other factor.
"At the end of the day, the interior condition of their house seemed to be the only thing affecting their physical activity," said NiCole Keith, associate professor in the Department of Physical Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
It will improve your relationships.
"For couples, clutter can create tension and conflict," Dr. Selhub says. "And the time you spend looking for missing items can also take away from time you could be spending together," says Eva Selhub, M.D., author of Your Health Destiny: How to Unlock Your Natural Ability to Overcome Illness, Feel Better, and Live Longer. And it doesn’t just affect your intimate partner relationships, but your relationship with friends and other family members too. "Disorganization can lead to shame and embarrassment and actually create a physical and emotional boundary around you that prevents you from letting people in."
It will boost your productivity.
Dr. Selhub explains in her book how people are more productive and efficient when they are organized and this enables them to finish work at a reasonable time to get home. “This leaves you with the time you need to exercise, prepare a healthy meal, relax, and get more sleep." Hello ME time a anyone?
It will help you sleep better.
I think you get the point that less mess, means less stress. When you don’t have worries on your mind it’s definitely easier to blissfully nod off to dodo land at the end of the day. Keeping your bedroom tidy also helps you sleep better. According to the National Sleep Foundation, "people who make their beds every morning are 19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s sleep."
It will make you incredibly grateful for what you have. (And help you make room for more!)
When you declutter you may find lost treasures, or maybe make a little money by selling things you no longer need. But after getting rid of all the excess, you will be astounded at the gratitude you will have for what remains. Because what will remain will be the things you love. The things you have on purpose! (Probably some things you’ve been looking for). But clearing out the clutter doesn’t mean you need to become a minimalist. You’re allowed to own 25 pairs of high heels, or 150 hard-cover books if they really bring you happiness. When you donate the excess, thank it for the purpose it served you and release yourself of any guilt you feel for not using it (or maybe spending too much on it?). By Doing that, you make room in your life to bring in more of what you do want. It’s also so much easier to identify what you already have, when everything has a space!
"At the end of the day," says Dr. Selhub, "being organized is about having more time for yourself, and enabling you to live a more balanced life."
So are you ready to transform your life by clearing the clutter? Are you interested in learning how a professional home organizer can help you turn your home into the sanctuary you deserve and allow your life to reap all the benefits that will flow from that? Get in touch!
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