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Kicking the Clutter: Five health benefits of an organized home

Effective organization impacts every single part of your life

If you think being organized is nothing more than picking up the clothes, toys and papers scattered on your floor, think again.

Effective organization impacts every single part of your life: your growth, function in your home or work, education, health and relationships with your family and friends.

Here are five considerable benefits of being organized:

1. Having an organized home reduces stress and overwhelm in your life. Imagine, after a long day at work, you are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying your free time.

Because you have to move the mountain of clutter on your sofa first, your relaxation plan is short-lived. The stacks of mail on every horizontal surface are begging for your attention. Those postponed chores are piling up making you feel like a failure. You become overwhelmed with loads of dirty dishes. At this point, the stress level is high and your ability to relax is greatly diminished.

2. Removing clutter from your home is like removing heaviness from your mind, body and soul. Your ability to control your life will increase when you begin to get organized and continue to stay organized.

Being organized helps you to eat healthier meals. A disorganized person seldom plans to cook their meals. Instead, they settle for quick convenience foods that are not nutritionally sensible.

3. When people are stressed, they tend to eat more. Stress eating rarely includes grabbing a carrot and, more than likely, the choice will be sugary comfort foods. Stress eating is also closely linked to overeating.

According to professional organizer Peter Walsh, there is a direct connection between cluttered homes and obesity. Would that be a good enough reason to organize your home and life?

4. Being organized helps you sleep better. When you’re organized, you wash your bed linens regularly and keep your bedroom as a clutter-free zone. A clean, organized room helps you relax and have a restful sleep.

Regular cleaning of your home will ensure there aren’t any viruses or bacteria that can easily end up getting you sick. And as we all know, it’s not any fun being sick, and being sick dramatically decreases our productivity.

5. Being organized improves your relationships. There is nothing more damaging to our emotional health than constantly feeling out of control.

Having too much clutter can cause family tension. Living in chaos is stressful and can negatively affect marriages, friendships and work relationships.

If you're embarrassed by the condition of your home, your social life will suffer, leaving you in isolation and depression. Not being organized as an adult can lead to children in that household not being organized as well, which can also damage their future relationships.

At the end of the day, the clutter in your home will win the war, leaving you exhausted physically and emotionally. It’s nearly impossible to find time to go out for a walk, cook a healthy meal, or organize that junk drawer. And the vicious cycle of disorganization continues.

There is a reason why clutter is taking over your home and life. Is it the time to show this beast who is the boss?

Don’t let this disorder live rent-free in your home.

Life coach Ranka Burzan owns a professional organizing company based in the qathet region and has written several books on reducing clutter and becoming more organized. For information, go to