With Marie Kondo's book on tidying becoming the #1 best seller in America, it is no secret that we all want to organize our spaces. But why are we so focused on making our space more streamlined and eye-appealing? What makes our hearts skip a beat at the sight of a color-coordinated closet?
- We have better finances - After purging belongings, people find themselves with more money. As it becomes easier to cook homemade meals in an organized kitchen, take-out is a less often occurrence. And since bills are no longer lost in the piles of unsorted paper, they are paid on time, improving your credit score. Also, there is no longer the replacement cost of items that have mysteriously been lost in the home, only to turn up after the item has been repurchased.
- We have better mental health - 84% of Americans stated that the cluttered state of their home causes anxiety. Once the home is organized, people are able to increase focus since the environment has fewer distractions. A streamlined home lends itself to punctuality, since there isn't the last minute dash to find that one necessary item. Many items in our home may bring back bad memories, such as the dress we wore for our first wedding, or the pajamas we lived in during a bout of depression. Most importantly, people with tidy homes are more likely to have friends and family over for visits, strengthening social connections that are good for the heart and soul.
- Our homes are easier to maintain - Once all of the negative and useless possessions are removed, people have found that they spend 40% less time doing housework, and that means more time for activities that bring joy. It is much easier to vacuum a bedroom when piles on the floor do not need to be moved. By keeping your home neat, you may actually breathe easier since fewer possessions creates less dust, which is a leading cause of allergies. The problem can even cause significant damage to your home. A water leak that remains hidden behind a stack of bins can grow toxic mold.
- Our physical health improves - As stated previously, a clean kitchen encourages home cooked meals, which are better for waistlines. Also, easier access to gym clothes and equipment make it more likely that exercise will occur; especially since a tidy house assures less time is spent on home maintenance. Finally, by creating a serene, uncluttered, spa-like retreat, a peaceful bedroom becomes the perfect place for a good night's sleep.
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