How  De Cluttering Can Help You In Both Your Mental And Physical Health

Living a disorganized and cluttered lifestyle is embarrassing and also can be harmful to your mental and physical health. Your senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, etc.) can become easily overstimulated is a cluttered, disorganized environment. Overstimulation that is not dealt with will eventually cause you to be overwhelmed. And when you are overwhelmed, anxiety, depression, and other health problems are likely to follow soon.  Consequently, you can either avoid or remove these psychological consequences to clutter and chaos by living a clutter-free lifestyle.

Clutter’s Affect On Your Family

Living in a cluttered or disorganized environment can add to the stress levels amongst the whole family. Here’s how:

  • Your Kids Thrive In Structure– Disorganized homes tend to be highly unstructured. From running around looking for clean clothes to eating take-out because there is not enough food to make a meal, disorganization causes unnecessary stress.
  • Order Creates Serenity– Being at home should feel peaceful. Having a pleasant environment free of clutter and overstimulation helps families disengage from the world and re-charge for a new day. If your home is in chronic disarray, it is hard to recharge. Subconsciously your mind is assessing the dishes, laundry, unfinished projects, and other signs of clutter. The sense of disarray can trigger anxiety and, if left unchecked, depression.
  • Families Are A Team– If one member of the family is expected to carry the lion’s share of responsibility, it can cause resentment and fatigue. Sometimes people check out when they feel unsupported. Families are a team, and everyone should be contributing to the welfare and care of the home. Even stay-at-home parents need support with home maintenance and responsibilities.
  • Disorganization Wastes Time And Stress– Being disorganized robs you of time: Time to recharge and connect with friends and family, lost time that you spend looking for lost items. Also, stress by you having to scramble to clean up for unexpected company or devoting an entire day to catch up on laundry can cause stress and potentially even lead to depression.
  • Embarrassment– Living in the chaos caused by your disorganization and clutter is overwhelming and also embarrassing. Missing appointments due to a disorganized schedule can cost time and money. A co-worker asking for a ride might result in an uncomfortable situation when your car is filled with empty fast-food containers, tossed-aside clothing, and sports equipment. Having friends or family visit your home makes you uncomfortable and results in you avoiding inviting people over.
  • Costs Money-When you are not organized, you will tend to eat out more often, spend more on clothing and other items, and fail to stay within your means. Being organized makes it possible to manage a budget and keep track of necessities. It prolongs the life of clothing and other frequently used items.
  • Family Troubles-Stress cased through clutter and disorganization can affect your marriage, and also cause you to unfairly “snap” at your children.

Benefits Of Decluttering And Organization

Some of the results of decluttering  are the following:

  • Pride in your home and family
  • Decreased anxiety and stress
  • A peaceful home for resting and socializing
  • `Better physical health

Being Organized Is A Mindset

Organized people have an orderly way of doing things and a solution for every storage problem. Their lists and spreadsheets may seem like overkill, but they are helpful tools for living a streamlined life. Being organized might seem like a series of habits, but honestly, it is more of a mindset than an activity.

Organization Starts With Changing The Way You Think

Our brains are designed to solve problems. Generally speaking, overwhelm happens when we can’t seem to solve a problem or aren’t taking action to do the things that solve a problem.

These are mindset issues. However, once we set our minds, our actions usually follow. Sometimes your inner thoughts are set towards success, and sometimes your mind is set toward destructive behavior. The key is to switch your mind toward a successful mindset.

 

Being organized(or disorganized) starts in your mind long before it manifests in your closet or your pantry. The desire to be orderly or solve organization problems happens in your thoughts and results in sorting through your belongings, discarding, or donating your unneeded property and finding a solution to your organizing problems.

How Can You Start Programing Your Mind For Organization?

Deciding to be more organized and sticking to it is the first step in the process. You need to first commit to decluttering your environment and also carry out the tasks required for you to become organized and to stay organized. Making the commitment in your mind to a lifestyle of cleanliness, order, and peace will help you take action when you may be too tired or want to let things go.  A positive HABIT of organization and cleanliness will help you achieve all of the above

How Do You Form A Positive Habit Of Decluttering And Organization?

Just like it, usually, takes time for a detrimental habit to appear; it will also take time and energy for you to develop the positive habit of desiring order and decluttering.  There are numerous books and countless articles describing the best way for you to create new positive habits.   Therefore, I am not going to reinvent the wheel, and I will instead briefly review and refer you to a few resources.

Life Hack

Life Hack published a short, but informative article entitled, 18 Tricks To Make New Habit Stick, which gives sound advice on life hacks to make a habit stick.  Some of the most informative tips are the following:

  1. Start Doing It For 30 Days– Your new habit will be more likely to stick if you stay with it for around 30 days.
  2. Consistency-Consistency is essential if you want your positive habit to stay.  As a result, for at least for the first 30 days,  clean organize or do miscellaneous tasks, which will help you change your mindset from clutter to order.
  3. Start Easy- Start small and then eventually either do more complex tasks or work longer when you are first trying to develop a new “positive habit.” For example, for your first day, you should first try to organize your close and not your entire house.
  4. Reminders-During the first couple of weeks, you may forget your commitment.   So, set multiple reminders (cell phone calenders, “Post It” Notes, etc.); so you do not forget.

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There are 14 more steps/tips for you to take, and I highly advise you to check this article out.

Power Of Habit-By Charles Duhigg

Amazon has some excellent books on how to develop positive habits.  One such book is by the New York Times Best Seller, The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg.   This book goes in-depth into methods of developing positive habits.   Also, it is an easy read.  So, you don’t have to worry that this book will be dry of hard to understand.  As a result, I highly suggest that you read and study this book for an in-depth method for positive habit formation.

Final Thoughts

Whether or not you are living in squalor or want to be more organized, you can develop a positive habit of cleanliness and order.   However, it will take time and perseverance to change your old, destructive practices into a positive mindset change. But, the awards are well worth it if you stick with it, and eventually, your disorganization and cluttered lifestyle will become a distant memory.