5 WAYS ORGANIZING IMPROVES YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Did you know that there’s so much more to being organized than it being aesthetically pleasing? Studies have shown that having an organized and tidy home positively impacts one’s mental health and overall quality of life.
Sleep is extremely important for your mental state and overall health. Decluttering and frequent dusting of your bedroom can lead to better sleep, according to Huffington Post. Frequent dusting and washing your sheets weekly can keep indoor allergies at bay. Plus, who doesn’t love cozying up in freshly clean sheets? I know I do!
Increased Focus and Productivity
According to Psychology Today, clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on and constantly signals to our brain that our work is never done. This can make it extremely difficult to relax both physically and mentally. By decluttering your space, it allows your mind to take a needed break and focus on other things.
You Save Time
Have you ever been late for work or an appointment because you couldn’t find your favorite top or pair of shoes? Or maybe you totally misplaced your keys and wallet? When everything has its place and you can find what you need quickly you save time and a lot of frustration in the long run.
You Save Money
Keeping your home tidy will allow you to easily see what you have on hand and what might be running low. Trips to the store are much more efficient and you can avoid buying things you already have at home.
Reduced Stress + Anxiety Piles of laundry and cluttered spaces can make you feel overwhelmed, depressed and fatigued. By clearing the clutter and getting rid of unnecessary items you will feel happier and more relaxed. According to Shape, a study conducted from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found people with cluttered homes, or homes filled with unfinished projects had higher levels of cortisol. Cortisol is our body's stress hormone and when that goes up the feelings of anxiety and stress increase as a result.
Creating a calming environment is crucial to improving your mental health. But you don’t have to tackle the whole house in one day! Remember to focus on one piece at a time. I usually suggest starting with a closet or a cluttered bookshelf. Then, each day pick another area of focus.
By taking the necessary steps to organize your home now, it will set you up for long term success in many areas of your life. However, getting started might be a challenge - so that’s where a professional organizer (like me) can come in handy!