You never plan on it. It’s just something that happens (especially if you have kids) – because life steps in and you never stop to think about the benefits of an organized home.
Before you know it, you’ve accumulated more stuff than you have the room for. And since Spring Cleaning only comes around once a year, it’s easy to let mountains of memories pile up, hidden in a closet somewhere. #outofsightoutofmind
Even though spending a Saturday “organizing” may not sound like a thriller of a time, keeping an organized home actually has a lot of benefits.
10 Benefits of an Organized Home
Decluttering Helps Reduce Stress + Anxiety
Clutter = stress. Or, at least it can cause stress. When we’re constantly surrounded by a busy environment, it can start to become too much information for our brains to process in practical and visual terms. It also stands as a reminder of “all the things” that need to be checked off our to-do list, which is never a peaceful feeling.
When we subject ourselves to constant levels of stress, it can seriously start to deplete our energy sources. Taking the time to declutter, organize, and get rid of things that no longer serve a purpose can help decrease both stress and anxiety, and creating a soothing environment that’s actually nurturing.
Organizing Your Home Saves You Time in the Long Run
Ever shown up late to an event because you couldn’t find your phone? Or you misplaced your keys? When you’re organized at heart, you tend to have a place for everything. Which makes finding things so much easier. You’re less likely to lose the small, everyday items that tend to get thrown “wherever” whenever you walk in the door.
Getting into the habit of putting things where they belong as soon as you’re done using them, is always a great way to save time in the long run. You won’t have to spend that beautiful Saturday organizing when everything is already where it’s supposed to be, right?
Organizing Boosts Your Self Confidence
Have you ever heard that people who make their bed first thing in the morning have a sense of accomplishment and are actually more productive throughout the day?
It’s because we as humans thrive on that feeling of being productive and accomplishing tasks. When we’re able to put our energy to good use (like decluttering our home), not only does it help us feel like we’ve achieved something, but it gives us visual results that make us feel good, and provides us a space we can feel proud of and love.
Organizing Teaches Your Kids Good Lessons
Keeping an organized home teaches your kids the lesson of responsibility, and picking up after oneself. Not a parent? Then it teaches your messy significant other the same lesson. Or, at least it should.
Keeping an Organized Home Saves You Money
Home Organization may seem like an expensive hobby at first, but it can save you tons of money in the long run. Once you get everything set up the way you want, you’re going to be less likely to impulse-buy more odds and ends that are just going to take up space.
Organization Promotes Charity
Cleaning out our messy closets is a great time to go through items we no longer wear, want, or need, and find families or organizations within our area that we can donate to.
When you’re able to do something charitable for another person, it’s a great feeling.
Being Organized Promotes Creativity
How many times have you put off a work project or even a hobby because you had so much stuff you needed to do? The same goes for a cluttered home. It’s difficult to feel inspired to work on a creative project when there’s so much visual stimuli going on you can’t concentrate.
Fostering a clean, decluttered environment can help stimulate your creative juices and give you time, energy, and the focus you need to see those projects through to completion.
Organizing Your Home Can Improve Relationships
I’ve never met one wife (or husband) who picked fights with their S.O for putting away the dishes (ahem), or folding and putting away the laundry (double ahem).
But in all seriousness, having a clean, organized home that you’re proud of can make you feel more likely to invite friends and family over for dinner parties or just to hang out – which obviously is a great way to nurture those relationships.
An Organized Home Helps Declutter Your Brain
Physical clutter can lead to mental clutter. It’s like the junk in our homes starts to run out of space so it starts taking up rent in our brains. Picture it (if there’s room).
A lot of times, subconsciously, our brains are focusing on a never-ending to-do list. Always adding items as we go. Getting organized can help clear up that brain fog and let our minds focus on something that brings us joy, not stress.
An Organized Home Aides in Better Sleep
When your home is organized you’re less stressed, your kids are growing up to be incredible humans, you’ve become a charitable person, you’re saving money, you’re getting more time to do the things you enjoy – why wouldn’t this all add up to better sleep?
Going to bed knowing that there’s not a literal pile of stuff waiting for you the next day is a great feeling. You’re not too busy focusing on all the things you “should have done” today, but instead, focusing on turning off your phone and getting a good, quality night’s sleep.