I recently spent some time in our public library and saw a few displays announcing this as Mental Health week. It got me thinking about my mental health and what makes me turn a corner and makes me feel better. And believe it or not, being organized does it for me.
I have seen first-hand how it helps my clients feel when all the work has been done and they can walk into their space and find something right away. Or not dread walking into their kitchen to see everything in disarray.
However, it’s more than just finding something on the first try or the absence of stress. The long-term effects of being, and staying, organized can boost your self-confidence, save you time, and even help you sleep better. Your environment has a direct impact on your mental health.
I once saw a sign that read “Tidy Room. Tidy Mind”. I believe that to be very true. It’s as if decluttering your space also declutters your mind and you are able to think clearer. Fall asleep quicker and much sounder. And your stress decreases. When all of these things happen, you become healthier physically and mentally. There are many studies that show the positive effects of being organized.
It’s not something that needs to be done in one day. But over the course of a few days a room can be tackled and be whipped into shape to help you get on the road to better mental health.