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Mental Health + Tidiness, How Organizing Your Space Can Organize Your Mind

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Tidiness and mental health go hand in hand so we’re diving into a topic close to our hearts and minds—literally. We all know that a tidy space can make our lives a little easier, but did you know it can also make our minds a lot happier? Let’s explore the undeniable link between organizing and mental health.

The Clutter Conondrum

Frist off, have you ever felt overwhelmed just by looking at a pile of unorganized stuff? You’re not alone. Clutter isn’t just a physical obstacle; it’s a mental one too. According to research, clutter can lead to increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone and seriously affect your mental health. When our environments are chaotic, our minds can feel equally scattered. Imagine trying to find your keys in a tornado—that’s your brain on clutter. 

The Calm of Cleanliness

On the flip side, a well-organized space can be a sanctuary for the mind. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your brain. Studies have shown that individuals who describe their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” are more likely to experience fatigue and depression than those who describe their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” We think an important start is your entryway and using something like this shoe cabinet is a perfect first step.  Simply put, a tidy space fosters a tidy mind. Mental health can start with the world you create around you.

Routine and Rituals

Creating and maintaining an organized space isn’t a one-time event; it’s a practice. Developing daily routines and habits not only keeps your space tidy but also instills a sense of control and predictability. This sense of order can be incredibly soothing, especially in times of stress. Knowing that everything has its place and that your environment is within your control can reduce anxiety and promote a feeling of stability. This is why we love a central place for things like this storage cart with wheels, it’s versatile and keeps things together.

Decluttering is a Form of Self-Care

Let’s face it: decluttering can be cathartic. It’s not just about tossing out old junk; it’s about making room for what truly matters. When you let go of physical clutter, you often let go of mental clutter too. It’s a form of self-care that signals to yourself that you deserve a calm and organized environment. Plus, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a freshly organized closet or a perfectly arranged bookshelf. Our number one suggestion in your closet is matching slim hangers like these from The Container Store because they make your closet cohesive in an instant.

Mindful Organizing is a Meditative Practice

Whether it’s rearranging your kitchen cabinets or sorting through your wardrobe, organizing can be a mindful, almost meditative practice. Focusing on a single task and seeing it through to completion can be a form of mindfulness that keeps you grounded in the present moment, reducing stress and improving your overall mental health. Using clear containers like these bins can be helpful also so you always know what you have.

Practical and Easy Tips for Organizing Your Space + Mind

You will certainly want to start small. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to organize your entire home in one go. Start with a single drawer or a small area.

 

  • Create Zones: Designate specific areas for specific activities. For instance, keep your workspace separate from your relaxation space. 

 

  • Keep It Regular: Incorporate organizing into your daily or weekly routine. Small, regular efforts are more sustainable than sporadic, large ones.

 

  • Embrace the One-In, One-Out Rule: For every new item you bring into your home, let go of an old one. This helps prevent accumulation of unnecessary items. Having a basket or bin for these items by a door is a perfect way to be able to grab it on your way out to your car.

 

  • Seek Professional Help: If the task feels too daunting, don’t hesitate to reach out to professional organizers (like us!). We’re here to help you make room for the good stuff.

Now to Enjoy the Calm

Organizing isn’t just about making your space look pretty (though that’s a lovely bonus). It’s about creating an environment that supports your mental health and overall well-being. By reducing clutter and creating order, you’re not just tidying up your home—you’re tidying up your mind too. So, let’s embrace the art of organization and make room for the good stuff in our lives and minds.

 

Stay organized, stay happy!

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