Guest Blog: Organization and Your Mental Space
Did you know how and to what extent your home space affects your mental health? Having a cluttered, Messy, and dirty home can lead to anxiety, fatigue, depression, self isolation and so much more.
A study by UCLA found that women who live in cluttered homes were found to have higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone in their bodies.
What is Cortisol? Cortisol is a steroid hormone in the glucocorticoid class of hormones. Too much cortisol causes rapid weight gain, a flushed and round face, high blood pressure, skin changes, and mood swings just to name a few.
So what is disorganization? According to Dictionary.com the definition of disorganization is “lack of proper planning and control“. This explains why our minds feel so chaotic when our homes and lives are disorganized.
Proper scheduling and homes for all our items will lead to that feeling of being in control. No one likes that feeling when their boss calls and asks why they missed their morning meeting. Or when Johnny comes home from school sad saying he missed his best friends birthday because you hadn’t marked it in your calendar.
Not only does clutter affect your mindset but in one study women in messy kitchens consumed twice many calories from cookies than women in neat and tidy kitchens. Unhealthy eating like this can lead to weight gain, health issues, decrease in energy and depression.
Studies have shown that decluttering your home leads to decluttering your life and the process has led to weight loss, healthier relationships, better sleep and all over a happier and heathy YOU!
The effects of disorganization and mental health can be a completely vicious cycle. Depression and anxiety can cause you to become disorganized and disorganization can cause depression and anxiety. Chances are, if your feeling anxious you probably don’t have to look far. Something in your life is probably in need of some serious organization. Sometimes it’s a simple schedule fix.
Often, when we have several appointments or errands to remember each day just writing them out can help ease a lot of anxiety. Other times it’s a home purge we need to complete, or an office organization project needs to take place to ease our mental weight. There are so many simple ways to start getting your life under control today
So where do you start?? First, pick a time that works for you. Do whatever it takes to clear your schedule for a specific time each day and try and keep all distractions away. Second, pick a space, any space and just start. All you need to start with is 1 drawer, one cupboard or even one spot on the floor. If that’s all you can do today that’s fine, but the point is to just start.
After you clear that spot how do you feel?
Some of us like to use different methods. There’s the Kon Mari method where you go by category and choose items that spark joy. Or there’s the Swedish Death purge method where you declutter everything as though you are saving your relatives from sorting your personal belongings after you pass. Whichever method you chose the goal is to just start. You will feel so much lighter after each session.
Lastly, we are all blessed with these amazing smart phones today that have a scheduling app in them. Start adding appointments, lessons, classes everything your must remember on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Spend half an hour today listing everything out and scheduling it in today. Ensure you put the correct repeats into it so it will continuously remind you on the proper days of your appointments.
Although its not always easy to get out of the slump its always doable. Sometimes we might need a bit of added professional help and that’s ok, but if you don’t put in the work to tidy your life along with the professional help, you’ll just keep adding to an open wound.
Organize by Flo
Florena Davies Is the founder and owner of Organize by Flo. With a degree in office administration and an avid student of the 5S lean management system, Florena uses her experience as a wife and mother of 2 and family business owner to create real life organizational systems and changes for work and home that allow our 2 worlds to co-exist and ‘Flo” together.