Organize your Life | Free your Mind

If you’re anything like me when your life is organized, you function more effectively and have more energy and motivation to work toward achieving overall wellness in all dimensions of your life. When you organize your life, you free your mind of clutter and stress. Organize your Life - Header Image

Studies published in Psychology Today have shown that when people are organized they live much happier and healthier lives. When people live in cluttered conditions, they can find it difficult to concentrate and are more likely to feel depressed and anxious.

 A CLUTTERED MESS | WHAT’S A PERSON TO DO?

When women, in particular, walk into a cluttered room, their cortisol levels (stress hormone) escalates without them even realizing it. The brain immediately starts putting a to-do list together mentally.

It’s like the clutter is shouting to your brain, organize this mess it’s too overwhelming. I know for me I’ve experienced this walking into my 15-year old’s bedroom, I can literally feel the anxiety kick in and I feel depleted. I feel I’ve already lost the race, so why bother getting started.

When my home is a chaotic, unorganized mess, I tend to shut down and have difficulty finding the motivation to do anything, I eat unhealthy comfort food, have no energy to work out and generally feel unwell.

By prioritizing tasks, this can get us on our way to live a more organized and balanced life. Organize Your Life, Free Your Mind

When we take the time to prioritize tasks whether it be daily or weekly to ensure our home is organized it can allow us to feel efficient and clear-minded.

Having an organized home allows more time for ourselves and studies show that we become more productive in all aspects of our lives.

 GET ORGANIZED | IMPROVE YOUR WELLNESS

The benefits of clearing out that clutter and organizing your home are worth the effort in getting started if you’re not quite there. It can help you make healthier choices, improve relationships and even boost your energy for your workout sessions. Let’s break down some benefits to maintaining an organized home in more detail

1. It reduces stress and depression – being in a cluttered environment immediately increases stress hormones and can affect sleep, mood and overall well-being. Taking the time to make lists, sort through that pile of laundry or stacks of paperwork can really have an impact on reducing stress and depression.

2. It can improve your relationships – living in an organized home may allow couples to spend more quality time together rather than feeling the tension and conflict of always looking for lost items. In addition, having a messy home can create shame and embarrassment which can result in decreased socialization, who wants to invite people over to messy chaos? Not me.

Socialization is part of our overall wellness. By keeping a clean and organized home, it allows us to continue to spend more time with those who are important to us without feeling shame or embarrassment.

3. It can help us to eat better – yes that’s right, studies say that clutter is stressful for our brain, so when we are stressed we are more apt to go for comfort foods or overeat. When we are organized and clutter-free we are more apt to choose a healthy snack like an apple appose to a chocolate bar or cookie.  Organize your Life - Image

A study completed by Reader’s Digest suggests that the way our kitchen is set up can help us to eat healthier and lose weight.

4. It boosts productivity – when we’re organized, it frees up our time to focus on other areas of our life, for me if my home isn’t organized I have a hard time focusing at work which leads to my work-space becoming unorganized as well. We can be more efficient in all areas of our lives if we are organized and free from clutter at home.

5. It will help you stick to your workouts – that’s right, people who are organized and set short term goals each week are more apt to stick to them rather than winging it, says a report published in the Journal of Obesity.

When we use skills to become more organized about our workout progress it allows us to become more aware of our progress which will motivate us more to keep going and stick with our goals.

Each week write out your workout goals for the week and each day write out specifically what you did that day being as specific as possible, you’ll be surprised at how much this motivates you.

6. It can help you lose weight – when we’re organized we tend to be more mindful about what we are putting into our bodies. Being organized means that you’re more likely to plan your meals and organize your grocery list to include much healthier items. By not doing this you probably find yourself eating whatever is readily available in your fridge or eating out more frequently.

7. It helps you to sleep better – this is so true for me. When I’m not organized my mind will be racing all through the night. I will find myself waking up at all hours thinking about chores and errands that need to be done, or work projects that require completion.

Being organized with to-do lists that I can check off each day whether at home or work allows me to get a much better rest throughout the night. Studies also show that by keeping your bed made and a tidy room, people tend to sleep better and be more productive throughout the next day.

8. It can lower your risk of heart disease – get this, Reader’s Digest says that by keeping your areas clean and organized you can actually lower your risk of having a cardiovascular event. A report on a Swedish study found that people who did the most yard work, house cleaning, and DIY projects had about a 30 percent lower risk of a first-time cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack or stroke versus those who were the most sedentary.

Yet another excuse to get up off your rear end and get to organizing and moving. It seems cleaning can literally help save your life

There are so many benefits to maintaining an organized home, workspace and life in general. For me having a routine helps me to stay organized in all areas of my life.

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SO HOW DOES A PERSON START TO GET ORGANIZED?

Well here’s the key, start small. Turn on some music pick a drawer or closet to clean out and let the organizing begin. If we don’t start small, we’ll most likely get overwhelmed and give up. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, remind yourself that a series of small tasks completed results in a huge transformation over time.

Have a spot for everything, a bowl for your keys by the front door, a mail slot to store your mail and bills (if you still receive paper bills), organize your file folders on your computer so you know where all your important documents are stored, you’ll soon see that the less time you spend looking for items the more time you’ll have for yourself.

Prepare for tomorrow today, pick out your outfit, prep meals, being organized can take the stress out of your day. Being in a panic or stressed over lost items or documents is no fun and way too stressful.

ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE | WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

The benefits to an organized life starting in your home and moving into your work-space are undoubtedly well worth getting it done. Continuing to work toward overall wellness by achieving wellness in all dimensions of our lives starts with being organized.

If you want to learn more about the 7 dimensions of wellness, you can click on my published post by clicking here.

There’s no better time to get started than now, trust me, once you’ve cleaned out that closet, you’ll feel so great and inspired to organize more.  Click on the banner below to find out to learn more about organizing your home.

Do you have clutter in your home? Do you plan to take that step toward decluttering and freeing your mind? I’d love to hear your experience or thoughts on this topic.

10 thoughts on “Organize your Life | Free your Mind”

  1. Hi Tracy,
    This is a great post about how to declutter and organize your life! I’ve seen first hand that look when a woman (my wife) enters a cluttered room and has her stress hormones increase!

    Staying organized also can help people with ADD or anxiety, it’s one of the first things that’s recommended. Personally, I always feel better when my office is clean, neat, and organized. It helps the workflow for sure.

    Thanks for putting this together, I hope that it can reach many people.

    • Hi Scott

      Thanks for the feedback, I’m at my best when my house and work office is organized too. All other areas of my life tend to fall into place. It’s the most amazing feeling.

      All the best to you

      Tracy

  2. Hey Tracy, pretty good article! I am a pretty disorganized person in many aspects of my life and I can say it is quite stressful and a struggle at times. It messes with my life career wise and even relationship wise. I realize the power of planning ahead and realizing the tasks you want to accomplish. I personally write down what I want to get done for the day and surprisingly I get it done! I am still pretty disorganized but I really want to get more organized. I really enjoyed your article! Goodjob!

    • Hi Daniel

      Thanks for the feedback. I too am big on writing to-do lists each week. This helps me to stay organized and when I check the items off my list, I feel a sense of accomplishment.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment

      All the best

  3. Hi Tracy,
    I so love this post it is as if you read my mind.I am a firm believer of a clutter free environment for a number of reasons the main one is organization because if everything in its rightful place then stress levels are on the low ,time management and of course more time to relax. So timely .
    Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Charlene

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, I couldn’t agree with you more. There’s no greater feeling when everything is in it’s place and my stress levels are low.

      Thanks for taking the time to provide some feedback

      All the best

  4. I definitely agree with you on being organized in different parts of your life will reduce anxiety and make you more efficient. I constantly track my workouts and calories and plan my meals for example.

    What I have never understood however is keeping your household in picture-perfect condition at all times. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Now don’t get me wrong, I hate filth as much as anyone. I want my living areas to be hygienic but I don’t care if there’s a bit of stuff lying around from time to time. We clean our house once a week thoroughly, but for example I don’t fold my laundry. It’s in the damn closet where no-one else except me sees them. Time wasted I say. That said, my wife does fold hers…

    At work my desk is a mess most of the time, but I know where all the important stuff is. I do agree that it feels great when you have a clean desk but it annoys me when people make having clean desks more important than their actual work (unfortunately I’ve witnessed this several times…).

    This is not to criticize the concept of being organized. I just think there are personal preferences and in some cases, it’s more efficient to just let things go cluttered for a while and use your time for something more constructive. A controlled chaos, so to speak, is what I believe in 🙂

    • Hi Jukka

      Yes I tend to agree with you, my home isn’t picture perfect all the time either, being obsessed with being too neat an organized can certainly have it’s disadvantages as well. If we are too focused at being organized all the time that can actually do the opposite of freeing up time but rather take more time out of our day. I think the key is balance, for example, in my home, things all have a spot, such as my keys, pens, note pad and mail, knowing where specific items can always be found helps me to save time and reduce anxiety.

      Thanks for your feedback

      All the best to you

      Tracy

  5. Thank you for this amazing testimony to environmental wellness. It is so important to recognize the value of systems and plans with our mental and emotional health. The thought of how I used to live when I was in a terrible time of my life makes me so appreciate how far I have come to repair my relationship with being organized and healthy. It all started with making my bed!!

    Thank you for sharing this.

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