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Every year, often right after the ball drops at New Years, a slew of people promise to get organized this year. However, as the days, weeks, and months pass, and you return to your everyday life, the desire to declutter tends to fade.
But perhaps your inner neat freak just needs a little push to get started organizing. Into improving your health? Forget the smoothies and supplements. Excess clutter is bad for your wellbeing, according to science, and organization is the cure.
Of course, having so many things around can be dangerous to your physical wellbeing, such as tripping over toys in the middle of the night. Nonetheless, clutter creates a slew of internal issues that, while less visible than the Lego maze strewn across your living room floor, have a significant effect on your life.
Continue reading to discover five reasons why getting organized is important to your overall health.
5 Health Benefits of Being Organized
- Increase Productivity and Energy
According to WebMD, decluttering your surroundings will help you feel more physically and mentally energized. So, if you’re caught in a midday funk and can’t seem to shake it, consider arranging your surroundings. Only ten minutes spent sorting paperwork, deleting redundant emails, or washing dirty dishes will set the tone for the rest of the day’s work.
Furthermore, the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute discovered that clutter makes it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand. They discovered that task-irrelevant objects can confuse the visual cortex, making it more difficult to focus and complete tasks efficiently. To summarize, having so much stuff can be overwhelming for your brain. Get rid of the clutter and get more work done.
- Decrease Anxiety and Stress
Disorganization is not just exhausting for the brain, it can cause serious stress according to a report published in the Personality and Social Science Bulletin. Women who said their homes were “cluttered” or “full of unfinished tasks” were more likely to be stressed and exhausted than women who said their homes were “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also discovered that women with cluttered homes had higher levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in their bodies.
- Get More Rest
Because of your disheveled bed, you may not be getting enough rest. People who make their beds every day or almost every day are 19 percent more likely than those who do so less or not at all to say they get a good night’s sleep, according to a public opinion survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation.
In addition, the people polled said that having clean linens is beneficial. 75 percent of respondents said they get a better night’s sleep when their sheets are clean and they are more relaxed.
- Shed Pounds
People in an organized room are more likely to select healthy snacks than those in a disorganized room, according to a study published in Psychological Science. When confronted with a stressful situation, people often turn to coping strategies like comfort foods or binge-eating.
Then, remember the last point? Increased cortisol levels? Excess cortisol levels in the bloodstream can lead to weight gain, especially in the midsection. Maybe getting organized now will get you that beach body faster. No guarantees, but it’s worth a shot…
- Improve Your Financial Situation
You know how overwhelming your household’s finances can be if you’ve ever missed a payment and been charged a late fee, or sat in a sea of mangled receipts right before tax season. When it comes to keeping track of your finances, bear in mind that there’s an app for that.
Using your smartphone to keep your finances organized is easier than ever, and no matter which OS you prefer
Clutter effects all of us at some point, and regaining control of the chaos is difficult. However, science has shown that getting organized is good for your health. Small changes and improvements in one area may also have a positive impact on other areas. Less stress, for example, ensures a better night’s sleep.
Which of these reasons will be the impetus you need to get serious about your organizing goals? That’s up to you, but when you are ready you can enlist some help and some moral support by booking an appointment with the Just Organized by Taya team here.