Health Benefits of Getting Organized

A new year often brings about resolutions…to exercise more, eat healthier or stop a bad habit. Some people, like myself, find it overwhelming and are unable to stick to it everyday. I started to do some research and found something that can be done once a week or once a month that can have positive effects on my life…staying organized.

It’s no surprise, when you have a long to-do list or piles in your room, it may prevent the natural decline in cortisol that occurs over the course of the day, researchers say. This can affect your mood, your sleep and overall health.

If you are tired, try organizing your desk or closet. This can give you a boost of energy. According to WebMD, taking this time to get yourself organized can help you to be more energetic for the rest of the day.

Second, being organized can improve what you choose to eat.

Bustle.com states…”A study from Psychological Science found being organized can actually have a positive input on what you’re eating. Specifically, the study found people who worked in a neat space were two times as likely to pick an apple to eat versus a chocolate bar when compared to those who were working in an organized, messy work space.

Third, it can reduce stress and depression.

By having a cluttered space, one may feel disorganized, get stressed or even worse, become depressed. Spending small chunks of time, even 10 minutes, to throw out or file papers and mail, clean the bathroom or clear away stuff on a counter can help to create a space that is more comfortable and tidy. This can help to make you happier and more relaxed.

Fourth, organizing can improve your sleep.

According to Shape.com, people who make their beds every morning are 19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good nights’ rest, and 75 percent of people said they got a better night’s sleep when their sheets were fresh and clean because they were physically more comfortable, according to a survey by the National
Sleep Foundation. By making your bedroom a sanctuary for rest, it will help you fall asleep easier and sleep for longer.

By setting short term goals to tackle small parts of your place, getting organized and staying organized will not only make your space inviting but it will also reap these important health benefits.