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People want to become more orderly for many reasons. However, it is usually more than just clearing counters, removing piles of paper, or having a closet with only the clothes you can wear. There is an underlying reason people say they need to be better organized.
It’s because they want less stress and anxiety.
Organization is a practical skill and a mindset that reduces stress, improves focus, mood, and increases confidence. Organizing your external environment will help you manage mental wellness more effectively.
Better organization is part of good mental health because less physical clutter is less brain clutter.
When there is too much clutter in my home, I cannot think clearly enough to begin another project or add anything to my calendar until the clutter is cleared and things are put back in place. The physical clutter creates mental clutter. I lose focus until I take steps to get my physical environment back in place.
Wondering if being better organized will help you? Here are the three reasons why better organization lowers stress and anxiety.
In a cluttered and chaotic space, you may get upset and overwhelmed by the constant reminders of unfinished tasks or a feeling of a lack of control or low energy. Better organization creates less chaos and eliminates some of that negativity.
When you are organized, you can continue to ward off frustration by establishing patterns of better management. You will feel more confident and capable of handling any challenges or opportunities that come your way.
Saves Time and Resources
An organized space does not just give a feeling of peace but allows you to streamline tasks to be done more efficiently and timely. This will keep you from forgetting deadlines, appointments, or other obligations. And more importantly, you can stay on top of your finances and health.
Besides time, improved organization saves money. At home, nothing is more frustrating than not locating something you need, only to repurchase it and then find the original item later. We are to be good stewards of our time and resources.
After a good purging and reorganization at home, many find that what they choose to keep is really the only things that are needed, loved, and useful. In an organized workspace, less paper clutter and a clean desk creates more efficiency and looks more professional.
When there is more physical clutter in your home or disorganization in a workspace, it slows down the brain from processing priorities. When we are missing something to complete a task, we tend to procrastinate, only causing more stress.
Organization can boost your productivity and creativity because you can focus on one thing at a time and procrastination is avoided. You can set and achieve your goals more easily and generate new ideas and solutions due to more mental space and clarity.
A tidy, organized space at work is more efficient, as well as more professional. At home, better organization offers a more relaxed, comfortable area where you can enjoy your downtime instead of the distractions of clutter.
If you have to share space for different activities, creating separate areas for each activity is best. My office is part craft room, part office. When it’s a writing day, I need to ensure the craft area has been tidied up so I can focus on writing. The reverse is also true.
This week, begin with some small steps to get life organized. Seek help or support if needed. Read a book on how to organize and keep it that way. Remember, organization is not a one-time event but a habit that requires regular maintenance and adjustment. You don’t have to be perfect or follow strict rules to be organized. Find a system that works for you and your needs.
Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready;
after that, build your house. – Proverbs 24:27