How Being Organized Positively Affects Your Mental Health
It can be overwhelming to stop and think about your mental health and how you can improve it and/or make changes. Your mind starts racing about the million things you should be doing to make it better: start meditating, start journaling, take yoga classes, work out, eat better…the list goes on! We are here to talk to you about one path that will naturally positively affect your mental health in multiple ways: getting organized!
We see it almost every day – couples fighting, arguing, and bickering about stuff! If this is you, imagine a world where you are not getting frustrated with your partner on how they leave a trail of mess everywhere they go, how things aren’t put away or that they keep way too many mementos.
The way to tackle this issue is by decluttering & creating systems in the home. When you go through the process of decluttering your belongings and creating new agreed-upon systems, you will make things easier to put away, everyone will know where to find something and where to put it back and everyone will start creating those new habits. Good relationships are important for your well-being, so if you find yourself struggling with this, follow the Horderly Process or consider working with a professional to help put the new systems and habits in place for you and your family to work on.
Why is it that you can’t sleep? It’s usually because your mind is racing about a million things or you’re stressed or worried about something. In the same way that you can worry about your teenager not being home by curfew, your mind can consciously or subconsciously race about being unorganized!
The best way to tackle this is by taking the “to-do” list that lives in your head and making a physical (or digital) to-do list in order of priority. When you can get your racing thoughts out of your head and on paper, you will be able to sleep knowing that you will not forget to sign that permission slip in the morning. And, if there’s anything you can do quickly to get it off your plate for tomorrow, go for it! Sleep is SO important so if there’s one thing you can do to have a better night’s rest – it’s getting organized! Going to sleep knowing you’re organized for the next day will make your brain rest easy and make it easier for you to feel relaxed.
Clutter and disorganization are distractions, visually and mentally! Just think, “cluttered desk, cluttered mind”. When you aren’t consumed by these distractions, you can heighten your focus and increase your attention span. You free up time and energy to improve in other areas.
The best way to get a kickstart on this is by creating a calming work area with no visual distractions. Declutter your space and be intentional with what you leave out on your counter/desk space. That could mean replacing the pencil sharpener you haven’t used in 3 years with a candle that brings you joy! If you can focus better at work, you will work more efficiently and get more done – saving you time and most likely making you more money! (more on this below!)
Save Time & Money
Decluttering & implementing organization systems throughout the home will allow you to have less stuff and have a place for everything. This means you will be able to access your items faster, which saves you time! Yes, this might be as little as seconds but guess what – those seconds add up! Saving time by getting organized will open up your life to do other things that you’ve been wanting to do (like that yoga class!). You’ll also save money by not having to repurchase items that you need and that you know you already have but can’t find. (Guess what, this is the extra money you can use to buy that yoga class!)
Reduce Stress, Depression & Anxiety
We’ve all heard it before: “organization helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety.” But, have you actually experienced the life-changing effect of creating an organized life? Getting organized can end the “last-minute scrambling” and instead can inject a sense of calm and groundedness into your life. You’ll replace the “I’m such a mess” thoughts with “I’ve got this,” “I know where this is,” “I can get this done in time,” etc. Being organized will make you feel empowered and excited and will actually lower your cortisol levels which is the body’s primary stress hormone.
We live in a very fast-paced world where companies are constantly pushing expendable products on us. So, it’s important to be conscious of your organization for the well-being of yourself and the world.
As you can see in all of the tips above, organization is the centerpiece for everything and trickles into every aspect of your life. It’s the best place to start when thinking about how you can improve your mental health!
If you need some extra help but aren’t sure where to start, reach out to Horderly to schedule an in-home or virtual organizing session.
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