You probably know – or have at least heard – that exercise releases endorphins – chemicals in the brain – that boost happiness and contentment. What you might not have known is that our brains also love an organized house. Research has shown that living in a cluttered, messy house causes stress, tension between family members, and even increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which leads to weight gain(!) In other words, a messy home is bad for both your mental and physical health.
Here are seven great examples of just how an organized home can change your life, boost your happiness and even improve your health:
Gain Extra Time
If your home is organized you will quickly find that you gain more time. No more spending time searching for things, no more wasted trips to the store to buy things you already have (but can’t find right now)
Gain Peace of Mind
Imagine that you arrive home after a tough day at work and there is order. Everything has a place, everything is neat and the place looks spacious and clean. Doesn’t that sound wonderfully relaxing?
Eat Better, Look Better
If you rid your home of all that clutter, as we just mentioned, your stress levels will fall. When that happens your body will decrease the amount of cortisol it produces in order to ‘cope’ this could potentially lead to weight loss (especially in the midsection) and will certainly help stop those cravings for unhealthy comfort foods stress creates.
Fewer Family Tensions
A messy home often creates tension between the people who live there. Getting it organized and decluttered means fewer arguments over the state of the place between you and your partner and/or your kids.
You’ll Be Helping Others
We know that not all clutter is trash. And while you may need it gone from your life in order to get an organized home some of that clutter, your ‘trash’, may be someone else’s treasure. Decluttering your home often leads to the creation of a wonderful pile of items to be donated, and when you do good for others, you’ll feel good too.
You Can Be More Social
No one wants to invite people over to a messy, cluttered home. By decluttering and organizing your living space you’ll find you want to show it off a little more now that the embarrassment over the state of your home is gone. That could mean more dinners with friends , more time with extended family members and maybe even a chance to finally meet your teen’s boyfriend/girlfriend (the one they have been refusing to bring home to meet the parents because the house was a mess.)
You’ll Be Setting a Good Example
Your kids watch everything you do. Including the way you organize and care for your home. By getting more organized you’ll be setting them a great example.
In basic terms, an organized home is a happier home. And everyone wants to be happy don’t they?
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