by: Stephanie Pichan
When my house is messy or my desk at work is disorganized, it can be difficult for me to relax and focus on the task at hand. Can you relate? There are a rare few people out there who work better when things aren’t neat and tidy, but if you’re anything like me, when things are in disarray it interferes with my productivity; I even sleep better when everything is put in its place and, according to the National Sleep Foundation, I’m not the only person who feels that way. Results from a survey they conducted found that those who made their bed were 19% more likely to report getting a good night’s sleep. That’s enough for me to start making my bed in the morning!
I find that it’s most helpful to be proactive and take steps daily to try to keep things from getting out of hand in the first place. Here are some tips you can give a try:
Do a little at a time. If you have a lot that needs to be tended to, tackle one drawer or one closet at a time. Schedule it in your calendar.
Create a place for everything. When you have a place for everything it’s easier to put things away and (bonus!) you always know where to find it.
Empty your car. Don’t leave stuff in your car unless it is supposed to stay in there. It’s easier to take out a few things each day than loads of stuff later on.
Do a quick tidy up. Instead of sitting there feeling stressed and unproductive, get up and decide to dedicate 20 minutes to do a quick tidy up to clear the space you’re sitting in. It’s amazing what you can do in just 20 minutes.
Make your bed. In addition to helping you sleep better at night, I once read a commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven on the 10 lessons he learned from basic SEAL training. He said, “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.”
Don’t go to bed with a dirty kitchen. It’s 9:30pm, you don’t feel like cleaning your kitchen and tell yourself you’ll get to it in the morning… morning comes and you only have time to add your breakfast dishes to the growing pile. That’s not a fun cycle to get into. Make a decision to not let yourself go to bed until the kitchen is clean. It takes 5 minutes and is well worth it. Trust me.
Clear out the junk. Do you have a lot of stuff you don’t use that’s taking up space? Start clearing it out one box and one closet at a time. Some helpful questions when cleaning stuff out: Does it bring you joy? Have you used/worn it in the past year? Do you feel good when you’re wearing it?
Organize your desktop. Organize your digital files so you are looking at a clear space (or that tropical desktop image) and can quickly locate what you’re looking for.
Declutter your mind. Our minds can sometimes get cluttered with thoughts, bills we need to pay, our to-do list, and so on. Journal, make a budget, set aside time to organize your thoughts and ideas, or make time for rest.
Set a schedule. Schedule time during your week to declutter your house and mind or a regular time each day to do a certain task.
Starting can be the hardest part sometimes, so try to start small. Add one thing to implement this week, such as making your bed, and see how it makes you feel! Try not to get discouraged, but rather focus on what you have accomplished, celebrate all achievements (big and small), and reflect on the progress you’ve made.
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About the author:
Stephanie Pichan joined Whitaker-LaChance in 2016 as the Health and Wellness Coordinator and is a licensed health and life insurance agent. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Science Community Health Education program at Western Michigan University, Stephanie worked as a professional in the wellness field for over 10 years prior to coming to the agency. She brings with her experience in public health, health technology, behavior change, nutrition, and holistic health practices and therapies. Whether through work, church, volunteering, or every day connections, she’s passionate about helping others live their best life possible.