The Health Benefits of Organizing Your
health to do with keeping your home organized?
|There are many things you can do to keep your health,
odd things such as keeping your home organized and
What most guides to healthy living don't tell you is
that something seemingly unrelated to your health as organizing your
home can actually have a profound influence on one's well-being. Of
course, having an organized home won't have as strong advantages as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly or
quitting smoking. Still, the health benefits of organizing your home do exist and should not be ignored.
Decrease the level of stress
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin ran a study in 2012
showing that people who didn't keep their homes organized were
more fatigued, more depressed, and were more affected by cortisol (a hormone regulating
body's stress levels) than the people who kept their homes tidy and didn't have plenty of chores to worry
Keep your home tidy and avoid feeling stressed-out due
to the amounting chores.
While this study is now seven years old, its results still apply today. And
unsurprisingly so - when we're faced with problems at work all day, our levels of cortisol
are rising. Once we're back home after a hard day's work, the body and mind need to relax.
However, if we are then faced with an additional pile of things to do, what should
have been a natural decline in the levels of cortisol turns into an even more stressful situation.
This can have a negative effect on
one's sleep, mood, and can cause other health-related issues. So, find
a space where you can store your belongings, declutter your home, and finish your chores on time in order to eliminate this unnecessary
cause of stress from your life.
Improve your productivity
Another one of the benefits of organizing your home is related to one's
productivity. Namely, the more organized your home (and your desk at
work) is, the more productive you will be, helping you keep your mental
health the way you want it.
While it is easy to intuitively believe that you will be more productive if your
environment is properly organized, there is also scientific proof confirming that this is true. According to
a research conducted by
the Journal of Neuroscience, when too many things are in your sight at once, your visual cortex tends to
overload. This, in turn, makes it harder for your brain to process information, making it even harder for you to
Being more productive will not only make you feel better right away,
but it will also provide you with more time for maintaining other
healthy habits, such as exercising and preparing healthy food.
As we said, one of the benefits of organizing your home is that you will
reduce your stress levels and thus sleep better. However,
there are other sleep-related advantages to keeping your home organized as well.
|Make sure your bed sheets are clean and fresh for a
good night's sleep, as well as
making your bed in the morning, all for an improved health and a sense of
When the National Sleep Foundation conducted research on the
advantages of keeping your bedroom organized, they found that 75%
of the interviewed people slept better when they used clean and fresh sheets, as they felt more comfortable physically. Similarly, interviewees who regularly made their
beds in the morning were found to be 19% more likely to have a good
night's sleep than the people who didn't make their bed in the
So, having a tidy bedroom with clean sheets and pillows can
certainly keep you more
healthy. What's more, being organized outside of the bedroom can also be
important for your sleep, as unorganized people tend to procrastinate (or simply not find enough
time) during the day, and then eventually finish chores such as replying to e-mails in their bedrooms. This means
that they stay up longer, diminishing the amount and the quality of sleep that they're getting.
Social benefits of organizing your home
The benefits of organizing your home can also be social. When it comes to one's
physical well-being, having healthy relationships is important because such
relationships lessen the risk of sickness and depression. So, how does
having an organized home affect one's social life?
|One of the
health benefits of organizing your home is that you certainly
won’t be ashamed to invite people over for fun and
For starters, some people whose homes are unorganized feel ashamed because of this
and may avoid inviting people over. This can, unfortunately, not only create a physical barrier but also an emotional one, making
you feel less connected with the people in your life. A good way to make yourself organize your home regularly is
to schedule a gathering with your friends every week. Having a standing date every week should motivate you to keep
your home tidy and finish your chores on time, thus avoiding the embarrassment of having people arrive at a
cluttered and messy home.
An untidy home can also take a toll on your relationship with your
partner. Tension and consequential
conflict can both be caused by the chaotic
You will eat better
Finally, we'll conclude this list of the most important health benefits of
organizing your home with food-related advantages. Namely, the Psychological Science journal
conducted this study and found
that the people who worked in a well-organized environment were
twice more likely to pick an apple instead of a chocolate bar than the people who worked in a chaotic
The explanation for their findings is simple. We already said that having a
cluttered home makes you more stressful, and a way to cope with stress
is to eat comfort food.
What's more, when you have plenty of chores to take care
of, it's unlikely that you'll be planning and preparing meals in
advance, buying all the required groceries, etc. In turn, this means that
you're more likely to eat comfort or junk food. So, take the time to initially organize your home and then keep it
tidy every day. While it may be hard to bring yourself to do it at first, you should soon get used to it and start
enjoying all the health benefits of organizing your home. Doing so is one of the easier ways to be
healthier, so do yourself a favor and keep your home