It’s easy for your life – at work and at home – to quickly become messy and unorganized. Unfortunately, this can lead to added stress in your life and make your day to day activities less efficient.
Thankfully, messiness is not a character trait, it’s a habit – and the good thing about habits is that they can be changed! By taking on the responsibility yourself and getting things neat and tidy, you can reap the benefits, including:
1. Saved Time
Maintaining order in your life is much easier than re-establishing order every day or week. Keeping your house neat, for example, means that you don’t regularly have to devote hours of time to cleaning it. When you put things away after you finish using them, you won’t waste time searching for them the next time.
Organization and neatness go together. Making sure there is a proper place for everything and keeping items stored near where you would use them helps you stay neat.
2. Reduced Stress
Just the sight of clutter can induce a stress response. Your heart rate may increase, and your breathing may become shallow. Your palms might sweat, too. When you are exposed to an area that is disorganized, your brain races with thoughts triggered by the mess. Your brain seeks order, and when it cannot instantly create order, stress is a result.
Being neat and organized can eliminate stress and induce relaxation and calm. When you look around a room that is neat and not cluttered, you instantly breathe easier and naturally relax.
3. Be Prepared for Unexpected Emergencies
Life is not always predictable. Sometimes your car doesn’t start when you need to drive to work, or your child is sick during the holidays. When you are neat and organized, it is easier to react to sudden changes in your day.
Organization helps your brain function on one task at a time and leaves time in your day to make adjustments. When you are not wasting time looking for your car keys (again), you have more time for unexpected issues – like a last minute call from your boss to pick up paper for the office printer.
4. Boosted Self-Confidence
Organization translates into a feeling of competence, which is great for your mental health. Instead of running crazy every morning to find matching shoes and socks and get the kids off to school or get yourself ready for work, imagine what it would feel like to have clothes organized and put in their proper place. You would feel calm and in control to start the day and ready to handle whatever life may throw at you!
When you know you can tackle the challenges of everyday life with ease, you’ll be confident in your abilities to take on bigger challenges at home, at school or at work.
5. Improved Quality of Sleep
One of the biggest challenges to a restful night’s sleep is a racing mind. You get into bed at night, and you are still trying to remember if you turned off the stove. You start to think about what you have to do the next day. Just as you begin to fall asleep, you suddenly remember the task you forgot to complete and mentally add it to tomorrow’s to-do list.
When you are organized, your mind can rest at night. There is no clutter to distract you, and the next day’s tasks are neatly recorded on your calendar where you won’t forget them.
6. Allows You to Focus
Being neat and organized saves you time and mental anguish. It allows you to focus on what is important to you. Instead of the mess driving you with a sense of guilt and responsibility, you can schedule time for activities you enjoy.
Being neat and organized gives you a sense of control over your life. You do not have to spend your weekend cleaning house or feeling guilty because you didn’t. You can spend time with your family or focus on recreational activities and hobbies you enjoy.
To learn more about the benefits of being neat and organized, and how your disorganization can be affecting your mental health, contact Brookhaven Retreat today. Let the compassionate professionals at Brookhaven guide you to a fresh outlook by embracing a more organized approach to life.