Being disorganized affects more than just your environment – it also has a strong relationship with your level of health and well-being. Clutter and chaos can make us feel overwhelmed and out of control, contributing to increased levels of stress in our bodies, lives, and relationships.
If you struggle with disorganization and time management and feel as though you are never going to get ahead, take a look at these five health benefits of organization and ask yourself if perhaps there is no time like the present to clear out the clutter and reclaim your calendar.
Being organized reduces stress: Stress is widely known as one of the major contributors to chronic disease. The subtle and not-so-subtle ripple effects of stress affect your physical health, relationships, and ability to be productive in the workplace. When you eliminate oppressive clutter, you feel more in control and better able to handle the challenges that life lobs your way. You are able to act more proactively rather than reactively so that you can work more productively and make the most of the time that you are given.
Being organized boosts energy: Oppressive surroundings that are constantly in disarray can make one feel sluggish and unmotivated. You may feel confused, scattered, and unable to prioritize your activities. This constant state of psychological arousal is exhausting. When your environment is organized and free from clutter, you feel lighter of being and more able to focus on more meaningful activities and goals.
Being organized can help you lose weight: Statistics show that people consume 50% more calories, fat and sodium when they eat out than when they cook at home. When you have a clean pantry, organized kitchen, and free time in your schedule, you are better able to budget time to find recipes, do the grocery shopping and prepare a meal plan for the week. This can have a direct impact on your waistline as well as your bottom line – it’s typically more affordable to dine at home on wholesome foods.
Being organized can improve your relationships: Aside from the strain that one partner’s physical clutter can put on a romantic relationship, lack of time management and inability to can also negatively affect relationships with friends, family, and co-workers. Chronic lateness and missed appointments fosters frustration and resentment. By being organized, you can be on time for all of your promises and commitments.
Being organized can help you get more sleep: If you are disorganized, you may feel that the best way to get more out of your day is to cut back on sleep. Bad idea! The number one thing you can do to improve your health is to make sure that you get 7.5-9 hours of sleep per night. The quality and quantity of your sleep directly affects your emotional balance, productivity, and physical vitality. Being organized can help you squeeze more out of your 24 hour day while giving you peace of mind so that you can sleep longer and deeper at night.
Are you convinced yet? We’d love to help you get organized and live your healthiest life! Already there? Tell us how being organized has helped you feel more balanced.