According to the site Days of the Year, January is the month to get organized. Workplace organization is a recurrent subject for us in Better Process Solutions. However, today I will focus on home organization.
Home is where we go at the end of the day to wind down and recharge our batteries. But we cannot accomplish that if the house is cluttered. For instance, clutter is a significant source of stress in our lives.
Why clutter affect us?
Sherrie Bourg Carter wrote about why clutter causes stress in the Psychology Today blog. In her article, she indicated that clutter blasts our minds with excessive stimuli. As a result, our senses work overtime on stimuli that are not necessary or important. She also mentioned that clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be. Besides, it constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
As a result, our brain is switching focus from the task we intend to do to the clutter around us. Every time we look at the mess, we start to have negative feelings. For example, you can experience guilt or embarrassment. Clutter causes anxiety and makes it more difficult to relax.
Benefits of getting organized at home
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels.
- More time and space around the house.
- Save money, because you will not buy things to replace what you cannot find or will not pay your bills late.
- Be able to relax, focus on what is important, and be more creative.
How to get organized at home
Practicing 5S at home can be a fun way of getting organized. When done in the workplace, 5S is a team activity. The people that work in the area participate in the process and contribute with ideas. You can do the same thing at home, with your spouse and kids.
Clutter hinders creativity and productivity. It increases your levels of stress and anxiety. Not only that, looking at the mess around you will cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol cause depression. Thus, practicing organization is a way to keep your mental health in check.
In addition, can help to control your weight. While researching for this post, I came across the book Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight. The author, Peter Walsh, build upon a study that showed that people with cluttered homes were 77% more likely to be overweight or obese. He thinks the reason is that people can’t make their best choices in a cluttered, messy, disorganized home.
In conclusion, getting organized will help you and your family to be healthier, have more creativity and productivity, and enjoy each other.
Bourg-Carter, S. (2012, March). Why Mess Causes Stress: 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies. [Blog post] Accessed 1/6/2021. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/high-octane-women/201203/why-mess-causes-stress-8-reasons-8-remedies