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Interior Design & A Better You (Part 4)

How Organization Affects Your Mood

We’ve all experienced the overwhelming feeling you get when your kitchen counters are covered, your hallway is cluttered, and you feel anxious and stressed all the time. Chances are the clutter and chaos in your home are impacting your mental health and with it your overall mood, so what can you do about it?

Even if you know your disorganized home is stressing you out, it doesn’t automatically make it an easy fix. Several factors are probably contributing to your disorganization. Evaluating your current situation will help you establish these factors and allow you to correct them. Common factors that contribute to disorganization are:

  1. You’ve never really been organized before. Not knowing how good organization feels makes it hard to want that feeling in your life.

  2. You have too much stuff. It can be hard to seriously evaluate your belongings and recognize what needs to go. Having a second pair of eyes to help you go through and question whether or not you should keep or get rid of things is always helpful.

  3. Organizing takes time. Add a career, family life, and other obligations and organization falls to the bottom of your to-do list.

Benefits of Organizing

Organizing isn’t always easy. Knowing the pain your disorganization is causing you might not be enough to motivate you, but knowing some of the benefits of organizing might motivate you to start organizing the room you're in right now. Organization helps you do the following things:

  • Improve sleep

  • Reduce stress

  • Improve your relationships

  • Focus on other aspects of your life and free up time and energy to improve in other areas

  • Reduce depression and anxiety

  • Make better food choices and stick to a workout regime, which will help you lose weight

  • Make you more productive

The organization of both physical and mental spaces can help you feel satisfied and calm. When you plan out your organization, you establish a hierarchy of priorities that lets you make long-term plans. Keeping things organized, not only externally but internally, increases the probability of finding lasting and real satisfaction.

Keeping things organized is fundamental for feeling more productive, efficient, and healthy. The organization of the outside environment, just like the organization of your ideas, improves your mood substantially.

Rooms we use every day play an especially big role in affecting our moods. For example, kitchen cabinets need to be efficient for how you work best in your kitchen. If you put your pots and pans on the opposite wall of the stove, you'd constantly be running back and forth in order to utilize the tools that you need. These are things that are taken into consideration when it comes to interior design and creating a space that is customized to you. It's not uncommon to designate cabinet usage during the design process. This allows the designer to make sure you have enough room before cabinets are even ordered by knowing exactly where things will be in your layout. This is especially helpful when it comes to planing for in-cabinet accessories that are to be installed or for the placement of electrical outlets.

Tips to Help You Get Organized

Now that you’re ready and excited to declutter and get organized, you just need to decide where to start. Set aside a small block of time to focus solely on decluttering and organizing since longer time spans will usually leave you feeling tired and overwhelmed. Rather than trying to organize everything all at once, plan to organize in small blocks of time more frequently. After all, consistency is key.

Being organized doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. You’ll be most successful when you consistently take the time to organize your home and turn it into a place you love with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. As you focus on being organized, you'll begin to notice a difference in your physical and mental health along with your mood as they likely improve. Get started today!

Did you miss out on reading Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3? Go back and read them now!

~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!


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