How Can Organizing Effect Your Mental Health?

We've all experienced that dreaded feeling. We look around and feel out surroundings closing in on us when we notice the floor is covered in clutter, the kitchen counters are covered in stuff, walking down the stairs becomes a death trap and trying to find that one item of clothing in a sea of clothing on your bedroom floor can be near impossible.... unless you're not looking for it.

Cluttered Life Dangers

Things like huge to-do lists and stacks of dishes can be exhausting, but they can actually effect more aspects of your life that what you might think. When we live our lives surrounded by clutter and mess we lose time for ourselves and unbalance our lives. Having a cluttered home or work space can effect your physical health with things like fire hazards, dust and mold. Clutter can even effect things like the choices of food you make and how well your personal relationships grow.

You won't have to have to look very hard to find the connections clutter has on your mental health. Having unfinished to-do lists, abandoned projects and a general lack of organisation can really impact your stress levels and depression. Cleaning out those piles of papers or throwing away all that unwanted clutter in your window can not only helps to clear away physical stuff but can help to clear out your head too and give you a bit of breathing room.

What's Stopping You From Getting Organised?

You can sit there and look around your space for hours and it doesn't make it any easier to fix. Trust me, I do that sort of thing all the time at home and it's what led to this article. There are plenty of reasons you can tell yourself that will stop your organisation quest before it's even begun. You might never have tried to organised something like this before which can make you not realize how good an organised space can feel. You might not have enough time in you life which leads to organizing falling all the way to the bottom of one of those to-do lists. Or you could even just feel like you simply have too much stuff.

Benefits Of Organizing

Getting things organized isn't easy, even after knowing how bad it can be for you to be disorganized isn't always enough to get you motivated. Hopefully knowing some of the benefits to organizing can give you that little boost you need to get started:

  • It can help you eat healthier and control your weight
  • Improve your relationships with friends, family and partners
  • Improve your sleep 
  • Reduce stress, depression and anxiety
  • It can be a great workout
  • Help you become more productive

Tips To Get You Organized

Now that I've got you all excited and ready to begin, lets go over a few tips to help you out:
  • Gather supplies such as refuse bags or containers
  • Set aside a block of time to organize (don't take on too much or you could feel overwhelmed and tired)
  • Get it all out in the open. If you're clearing out wardrobes or cupboards its best to take everything out and put it into a space where you can see everything.
  • Make sure to clear the area too by wiping it down, sweeping etc
  • Sort all the items you are organizing into separate piles. Things to keep, things to donate, and trash. 
Organizing your surroundings doesn't have to take up a lot of your time or energy. Just taking a small amount of time each day to do a little can start to improve you physical and mental health over time. You'll be most efficient when you aren't burning yourself out and dreading the times that you've set aside. 


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  1. I'm amazing at organisation, I've never lived in an untidy house 😊

  2. I'm obsessed with organizing everything. Great post ❤

    1. I want to be the kind of person who gets obsessed with that! Thank you!

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