Your health and well-being are arguably the most important factors of your life. With this in mind, you might be wondering why your organization skills have anything to do with your health. I’m here to tell you that there’s a lot of overlap!
First things first, there are the mental health benefits that come with living in a tidy space. There is a multitude of research that reveals that tidy, de-cluttered spaces improve your mental health. Most of the research lies in the fact that the opposite is true: messy spaces lead to increased levels of cortisol. Cortisol is your body’s stress hormone which, when left unchecked, can lead to depression, fatigue, and a whole host of other health issues.
If you’re looking to decrease cortisol and don’t know where to start, a good old declutter could do the trick. There’s a reason why spring cleaning is a thing! It’s out with the old and in with the new, goodbye skies of grey, hello skies of blue! Okay, besides for the HSM reference, there is indeed a lot to be said for getting organized when the sun comes out.
It’s not just about dusting and cleaning, but really going through your things and throwing away that which you no longer need. Throw out your anxiety along with those expired magazines! Go through your bookshelf and remove ripped books. Invest in hidden storage units to hide the extra stuff that you can’t throw away but is taking up too much physical space in your home!
Another health and wellness benefit of organizing is that it can help you to sleep better. Research shows that when excess visual stimuli can cause anxiety. When you go to sleep in a messy room, your mind is often, subconsciously, in overdrive. Getting rid of anything that doesn’t promote sleep in your bedroom can go a long way in helping you to improve your sleeping habits. Getting enough sleep each night is a super important factor of health. The average adult needs around 7 to 9 hours of sleep, and many people are getting way less than that! Enough sleep helps to boost your immune system, speed up your metabolism, encourage clear thinking, and generally improve your energy levels to help you live your best life!
Some things that should definitely be removed from your bedroom include your laptop, any work-related objects and devices, and an accumulation of “stuff”. Those extra magazines, the chair with all the clothes on, and other things that don’t help sleep simply shouldn’t be in your room. Make a point of ensuring that your bedroom is a sanctuary that promotes relaxation and wellness. Personally, that means making sure that there is no clutter in my room and that there is always a candle ready to be lit by my bedside. For different people it will be different things, but the point is that a clean and tidy space can aid both mental and physical health on many levels. Take the time today to declutter, and maintain an organized home for overall wellness!
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