Beyond the endless practical reasons to become organized, one of the most compelling motivations is that confronting physical clutter leads to less mental and spiritual clutter. Or as Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, puts it: “When your room is clean and uncluttered, you have no choice but to examine your inner state.” Indeed, there is an undeniable link between organization and healthy, happy living. Here are just a few ways that organization can enrich all aspects of your life.
- You’ll Eat Better. You may have heard that changing your diet requires changing your lifestyle, too. A study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that people who worked in a tidy space for 10 minutes were twice as likely to opt for an apple over a chocolate bar versus people who worked in a messy space for the same amount of time. This means that office accessories like a computer work station or storage cabinets do more than boost your productivity; they can also be the secret to making healthier choices.
- You’ll Relieve Stress. It’s no coincidence that “Less mess, less stress” is a common saying. A cluttered living space can cause a lot of anxiety, which may affect everything from how well you sleep to how well you handle everyday challenges. For example, coming home to an organized entryway with convenient wall-to-wall storage can do a lot for your after-work state of mind. You’ll know where your keys, coat and purse will be the next time you need them. It all comes down to the fact that an organized space is generally a calming space, too.
- You’ll Boost Your Financial Health and Your Productivity. Organizing places like your pantry, laundry room or closet helps you take stock of what you have so you can avoid buying things you don’t need. This reduces waste and highlights which items you use most, two things that are great for your budget. It also gives you a productivity boost. With less time spent searching for items or buying more stuff, you’ll be able to make the most of both your working hours and your free time. As a bonus, people who experience an increase in productivity also report higher confidence and better moods.
- You’ll Strengthen Your Relationships. A disorganized house can be detrimental to a healthy social life. It can make you reluctant to invite friends over or act as an anchor that prevents you from going out. Keeping your home organized is a great way to cultivate relationships; you can even take it one step further by organizing your space in a way that inspires you to host more get-togethers – say, in a cozy, uncluttered entertainment room or in your spick-and-span kitchen.
At Strickland’s, we fully believe in the big-picture, life-changing benefits to organization. It’s why we’re dedicated to providing storage solutions that not only fit your lifestyle, but also improve it. Stop by our new showroom on Oleander Drive for more organization ideas from one of our professional designers.
With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, Fred Kumpel is the owner of Strickland’s. Strickland’s Blinds, Shades & Shutters is a window treatment design center that has specialized in custom window treatments for nearly 75 years. Strickland’s Closets & Home Organization provides professionally designed organization solutions such as Murphy beds and custom-built systems for closets, pantries, garages, basements and laundry rooms. To learn more, visit www.StricklandsBlinds.com and StricklandsClosets.com. Fred can be reached at [email protected] or by calling 910.762.0944.