A Chaotic Home is a Risky Home
Having everything cluttered can be a major fire risk. If your windows have things in front of them or if you have things piled up next to electrical sockets, you're inviting yourself to be trapped in a house fire. Not only is a cluttered home inviting a fire, it is also a huge safety hazard for falls and poor sanitation.
We have listed the physical risks of a home that isn't organized but what about the emotional? Being unhappy with your home can make you feel like a prisoner. Some clients find themselves turning away family and friends from their home out of embarrassment, they keep their shades drawn to avoid onlookers seeing their situation, and they feel anxious and depressed. This can become a vicious cycle because while having an unorganized home can cause depression and anxiety, depression and anxiety can also leave you stuck in a Dunning Kruger effect that leaves you drained and hopeless.
You may find yourself accidentally keeping junk mail, just tossing it aside for months and forgetting it ever existed. You may find yourself keeping worn out equipment, thinking it'll one day magically be operable. You may find yourself keeping craft stuff or clothes that don't fit anymore, thinking it might one day come in handy. These little things can add up so quickly, even though they may seem like each little object isn't a big deal.
There are, however, plenty of tips to help relieve the stress of organizing off of your shoulders. Don't overwhelm yourself or the cycle will only become worse. Start with a to-do list. Make sure that not everything on the list has to be done within that day. Scratch things slowly off the list and you will feel yourself becoming lighter, free of burden. Ease yourself into organizing and within no time, you'll feel like a organizing guru. It'll feel so wonderful once you've accomplished your goals.
Other ways to relieve a little bit of stress is to deal with paperwork as soon as it comes in. Plan your day ahead of time, preferably the night before. Also, a very important tip is to make time for yourself! Time for yourself doesn't mean running wild doing the things you have to do. Time for yourself is sitting and relaxing, even if it's only for a few minutes. This will make you feel so much more refreshed and optimistic.
Here at JLB, we realize that it can be hard to make some changes. Change is a scary word sometimes. But we assure you, when it comes to organizing, change is almost always a positive. There are many benefits to a neat home, such as; reduced stress and depression, a healthier lifestyle (better eating, more likely to complete fitness, etc), it'll boost your productivity, you'll sleep better without all of that on your mind, as well as having the chance to improve your relationships with family and friends.
We find it very important to get you to the point that you are happy and healthy in your own home. Nobody should ever feel imprisoned under their own roof. If you've started to feel that way, it may be time to give JLB a call to get you a little bit of a hand in getting your life the way you want it.