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.
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.
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 increase 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.
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, housecleaning, 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.
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 result 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 you work-space are undoubtedly well worth getting doing it. 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.
Do you have clutter in your home? Do you plan to take that step toward de-cluttering and freeing your mind? I’d love to hear your experience or thoughts on this topic.