'Tis the season -- for shopping, gift giving, family and friends, with a bit of insanity thrown in for good measure. It is also the season for giving serious thought to what we would like to change in the new year. Most of us tend to form resolutions that focus on bettering ourselves either by diet and/or exercise. Are you ready for a new idea -- one that does not restrict you, and will actually liberate you? Then stick with me for a new look for the new year.
Promise yourself that 2017 is the year that you will get your home de-cluttered and better organized. You know that you have been wanting this for some time, but have never see it all the way through. I get it, life happens! Before you go back to the diet and exercise resolutions give some thought to what may have held you back from completing this task in the past. After all, each of us would love to have a more organized, less complicated lifestyle. Among the benefits of being organized:
Ability to find things without a struggle
Create more space
Create a more aesthetically pleasing environment
1. Reduce Stress Walking into any room that is cluttered and disorganized tends to make me anxious. If it is a room in my house, the anxiety goes into overdrive. Although I would not consider myself to be a neat-nik, I dislike the idea of not knowing what is in the clutter. According to Psychology Today "Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important." I work hard enough on a daily basis, I do not need unnecessary things muddling my already cluttered brain.
2. Increase safety Regardless of your age and agility, a cluttered home is a safety hazard. In addition to potential tripping hazards there may also be fire or health hazards. Consider loose papers, toys, shoes, clothing etc.
3. Finding things without a struggle This is my personal favorite. Overall, I consider myself to be well organized; however, I do misplace things on occasion. Keeping my surroundings clear of clutter will help me to better locate whatever I am looking for. When I really can't find a missing item, my husband's first response is "Are you sure that someone didn't throw it out?" Given that nobody in our home actually throws things away, the answer is usually a very confident "no". Have you ever purchased something that you thought you needed, only to find that very item in your home soon afterwards? Enough said.
4. More space Why not create space for the things that you love and use on a regular basis? Under no circumstances are you permitted to fill this newly created space with more useless dust collectors!
5. More aesthetically pleasing environment Clutter vs. organization is what this really boils down to. I am by no means suggesting that you are to adapt a spartan lifestyle, but here is where "less is more" really is true. If you find that you must have all of your favorite books/magazines/newspapers within an arm's reach, consider a decorative storage piece in which to hide them.
Are you still thinking that the exercise/diet route is your path to happiness in the new year? Think about this, according to a recent study, participants in a cluttered home were almost 200% more likely to overeat than those in a more organized environment! So, why not get the most bang for your buck and combine the two resolutions? Get yourself and your home into shape!
There is no need to become overwhelmed by any of this. Take a breath. Set your goals, and start the new year out on the right foot -- that won't land on your dog's toys!