Lifehacking: Benefits of a Clean & Organized Home

A clean, happy, healthy home is the real deal, folks. Of course the idea of a clean, organized home sounds so appealing! Who wouldn't want that? But there's more to it than just surface-level appreciation of cleanliness or meeting an expected level of home decorum -- cleaning, de-cluttering, organizing your home has wonderful effects on your brain!

So, let me say it again: two words, six syllables: DE-CLUTTER and ORGANIZE!

Now, just seeing those words in capital letters “DE-CLUTTER” and “ORGANIZE” might stress you out… But don’t get stressed! To put things into perspective, you are not alone. According to a study conducted by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF), “we are living in the most materially rich society in global history, with light years more possessions per average family than any preceding society.” While you may feel simultaneously comforted and overwhelmed to be in such good company, the fact that you’re even reading this article about organization likely puts you ahead of the curve in terms of keeping your head above water in our material-rich society.

So what’s the good news? Well, now that you’re considering starting down this path of ordering one’s household, you should know that there is a veritable cornucopia of benefits afforded to those who take the time to organize their home.

 

    • Better organization, better sleep

      To paraphrase the Sleep Foundation's Bedroom Poll:
      "It’s worth noting that those who make their beds every day or almost every day are more likely [...] to say they get a good night’s sleep every day or almost every day." 19% more likely, to be exact. We'll wager you'll be more inclined to make your bed in the morning if you wake up to a clean and organized bedroom!

 

    • Clean Home, clean Eating
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      According to a study conducted by  Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab, "Cluttered kitchens are caloric kitchens. When stressed out females were asked to wait for another person in a messy kitchen -- with newspapers on the table, dishes in the sink, and the phone ringing – they ate twice as many cookies compared to women in the same kitchen when it was organized and quiet. In total they ate 53 more calories from cookies in 10 minutes time."
      Get that kitchen organized!

 

    • You'll be more diligent about sticking to your workouts

      It starts with an organized home, after which you'll be organizing all sorts of things! For exmaple, PsychologyToday.com cites this study to say "people who carefully plan their exercise regimen, set goals and regularly record their progress are more likely to keep up an exercise program than people who show up at the gym without a clear plan in mind." It's time to get organized!

 

    • It will boost your productivity

      MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller states that we are "not wired to multitask well... when people think they're multitasking, they're actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do, there's a cognitive cost." Now... Imagine that you are trying to get something done around the house, and every time you start on a task you get distracted by that pile of knick-knacks you need to sort through, or that pile of clean laundry you've been meaning to put away for 72 hours -- that stuff takes its toll!

 

    • Stronger relationships

      Check out this article "Dirty dishes and divorces" from Dailymail.com. It states that "it has been revealed that three in ten divorcing UK couples blame arguments over the washing up and their other halves not pulling their weight around the house for the demise of their relationships."

 

With all that being said, don't let all this new information stress you out. Just take it slow and steady, but also... get to it! You'll love your more organized, more productive, happier & healthier life! If you need a hand getting your home to a point where it's clean and ready to get to organizin', don't hesitate to reach out to us!