“You’re in a rut because you are disorganized,” a friend told me in 2000. She was right. We had just moved to Pennsylvania with four young children and everything seemed chaotic. Not only was I struggling to adapt to a new lifestyle in a new area, it seemed everywhere I looked there were boxes and papers. I had also gained a fair amount of weight due to stress eating. My eating habits had become disorganized along with everything else in my life.
I needed a change. So, I took her comment to heart and started setting goals for myself. I made a list of rooms in the house and began systematically working a little each day to empty boxes, declutter and make my new beautiful home look settled and neat. At the same time, I joined the local gym and started a routine of attending group fitness classes three times a week.
Sure enough, as the months flew by, I began to notice the benefits of being organized. I was sleeping well and my clothes started to fit better. Within 6 months, I had shed 20 pounds, signed up for my first marathon, and most importantly, I felt energetic and happy.
Turns out that it’s not just me; Science also recognizes the health benefits of being organized. A study from Psychological Science found that being organized actually has a positive impact on what you eat! They found that people who worked in a neat space were TWO times as likely to pick an apple over candy as compared to those who worked in a sloppy, disorganized space. Scientists found that women, in particular, were more likely to be depressed and fatigued when their homes were cluttered or full of unfinished projects.
Readers Digest reported that those who decluttered their living space reported a better night’s sleep than those who did not. A study from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people who completed projects and decluttered their homes were more restful and had lower cortisol levels than those who lived in cluttered chaos.
If those reports don’t encourage you to get organized, then how about the benefit of a lower heart attack risk? Yep, you read that right. A Swedish study found that people who did the most yardwork, housecleaning and DIY projects had about a 30% lower risk of a first-time cardiovascular event compared to those who were sedentary.
Being organized can help you stick to your health and wellness goals too. By recording your progress, food-intake and workouts in an app or journal, you will be more likely to stick to your planned regimen and achieve success.
Increased productivity, improved relationships, and achieving a satisfying and balanced life are just a few of the benefits of getting things in order. Our final winter/spring Lunch N’ Learn takes place on April 18, and we would love for you to join us. Come hear professional organizer, Candy Schumer give you the tools needed to get organized as you head into summer. Don’t wait to declutter your life and start feeling more balanced. Click here to register for a spot!