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Declutter Your Way to Joy: How Organized Spaces Boost Success

As you become increasingly organized, your finances, health, mood, and even appearance can improve.

Of course, not everyone needs a perfectly organized life in order to thrive. There are highly creative people who do perfectly well within chaos.

However, many people – if not most – do better in a systematic environment.

When things are orderly, people tend to set more goals – and achieve those objectives more quickly.

The simple truth is that it matters where, and how, you wake up each morning. When your home supports your wellness and unique interests, life just seems to flow better.

Your work environment matters, too. The right office can enhance your creative energy and help you think more clearly.

I crafted this article to help you improve the physical spaces in which you operate most often. Because, when your physical spaces improve – particularly the ones you spend most of your time in – the rest of your life tends to get better, too.

What’s In Your Rowboat? (A Minimalist Metaphor)

Is your life filled with clutter? Are you surrounded by unnecessary possessions or people who drain you? Acquiring a minimalist mindset can be helpful. And it all starts with how you think and what you value.

Imagine yourself in a charming rowboat on a peaceful lake.

A few items within your rowboat help to make the trip more comfortable.

You can glide effortlessly and happily from place to place, feeling the soft breeze in your hair.

But if you add too many items, the boat gets slow and heavy – and starts to take on water.

Gradually, you start to sink.

When you adopt a minimalist mindset, you stop sinking.

A minimalist intentionally lives with fewer material possessions and fewer toxic relationships.

A minimalist adopts a mindset that values quality over quantity – and applies that new way of thinking to physical items, behavior patterns, and human relationships.

An Organized Environment Unlocks Your Full Potential

Imagine waking up each morning in a serene, uncluttered space. The air feels fresher, the light brighter. You start your day with a spring in your step, ready to tackle whatever challenges come your way. This is the power of an organized environment.

Mature fit couple getting organized to declutter their way to joy.

When our physical spaces are cluttered and chaotic, it’s often a reflection of our inner state.

A messy desk, an overflowing closet, a garage packed to the brim – these are all signs that we’re holding onto things we no longer need, both physically and emotionally.

And that excess baggage weighs us down, sapping our energy and focus.

But when we declutter our surroundings, something magical happens. We feel lighter, freer, more in control.

Suddenly, we have the clarity and motivation to pursue our goals with renewed vigor.

We’re able to think more creatively, work more efficiently, and approach life with a greater sense of purpose and joy.

Each person has a slightly different idea of what success is. Generally, however, it’s understood that success comprises:

  • enjoying robust physical health
  • living free of burdensome debt
  • having extra money in a savings account or investments
  • having one or more positive people in your life with whom you feel affection
  • being liked and loved by others for whom you feel respect or tenderness
  • having a sensual partner with whom to cuddle and play
  • having a job, hobby, or career about which you feel curiosity and passion.

I realize that “success” is a charged word for some people, and, truly, it’s the way you define success personally that matters most. But, if there are some things from the above list that you don’t have currently, but would like in the near future, then I invite you to experiment with becoming more organized.

Adopting a minimalist mindset can increase your chances of experiencing all of the above.

Dane Findley age 54 helps others achieve stellar wellness and a healthier physique.
Dane has a master’s in Depth Counseling and has spent decades as a professional fitness and Pilates trainer. Today, Dane is a Healthy Lifestyle Advocate who curates the popular Quality of Life Newsletter – a free weekly update for those who want to UP their joy levels.

Tidy & Thriving: The Power of Organized Spaces for Overall Well-Being

Research has shown that clutter and disorganization can contribute to depression and anxiety. Cleaning and decluttering can help reduce stress and improve mood. For instance, a study published in the journal Mindfulness found that people who were mindful when washing dishes experienced a reduction in anxiety.

However, the benefits of an organized space go beyond just the psychological. Studies have also shown that people who live and work in tidy environments tend to be healthier, both physically and mentally:

  • They have lower levels of stress and anxiety, better sleep habits, and stronger immune systems. Research by Nicole Keith, PhD, found that people with clean houses tend to be healthier than those with messy or cluttered homes. In fact, cleanliness was even more predictive of good health than the walkability of a neighborhood.
  • They also tend to be more productive, as they’re able to find what they need quickly and stay focused on the task at hand. Scientific investigations have established that clutter is distracting and is linked to procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, and lower quality of life. Conversely, living and working in tidy environments is empowering and can provide a sense of order and control.

But perhaps the greatest gift of decluttering is the way it frees up space for what truly matters.

When we let go of the things that no longer serve us, we make room for new opportunities, experiences, and relationships to enter our lives. We open ourselves up to growth, learning, and transformation.

So how do we go about creating these organized, life-enhancing spaces?

It starts with a shift in mindset.

Rather than seeing our possessions as extensions of ourselves, we need to view them as tools to support our goals and values.

We need to be intentional about what we allow into our environment, asking ourselves whether each item truly enhances our life in some way.

From there, it’s a matter of taking consistent action.

How to Start Getting Organized

One of the easier ways to start getting organized is to take the bit-by-bit approach.

Set aside time each day, even just 15 minutes, to tackle one small area of clutter.

Start with the spaces where you spend the most time – your bedroom, your office, your car. As you sort through your belongings, ask yourself whether each item is useful, beautiful, or meaningful. If not, let it go.

As you declutter, look for ways to create systems and routines that will help you maintain order over time:

  • This might mean investing in smart storage solutions, like drawer organizers or wall-mounted shelves.
  • It might mean establishing a daily tidying ritual, where you spend a few minutes each evening putting things back in their place.

The key is to make organization a habit, so it becomes second nature.

Tidy Spaces Are a Surprising Secret to Joy

As you take concrete action steps toward getting more organized, there’s a key step that is easy to forget: celebrating your progress along the way.

I encourage you to take before-and-after photos to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.

Treat yourself to a small reward to make your newly organized space feel extra special.

Share your successes with friends and family, and let their encouragement fuel your motivation.

As you continue on your decluttering journey, you may be surprised at the ripple effects it has on other areas of your life. You may find yourself feeling more confident and self-assured, better able to advocate for your needs and desires.

You may discover new hobbies or passions, as you free up time and energy to explore what lights you up.

You may even deepen your relationships, as you create space to connect more authentically with the people you love.

Ultimately, the power of an organized environment lies in its ability to help you live more intentionally.

When your space reflects your values and priorities, you’re better able to align your actions with what matters most. You’re better able to show up as your best self, both for yourself and for others.

10 Practical Tips to Get Organized and Boost Your Wellness

If you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or unfulfilled, consider starting with your physical environment.

Declutter your space, and watch as the rest of your life begins to fall into place.

Embrace the joy and freedom that comes with living an organized life, and get ready to unlock your full potential for success. These 10 tips will help.

1. Start small and go slow. Decluttering an entire house can feel daunting, so focus on one room, one closet, or even one drawer at a time. Set a timer for 15-30 minutes and see how much you can accomplish in that window. Celebrate each small victory along the way.

2. Create designated spaces for everything. Give each item in your home a “home” where it belongs. This could be a specific drawer for office supplies, a hook for your keys, or a basket for incoming mail. When everything has a place, it’s easier to put things back where they belong and maintain order over time.

3. Follow the “one in, one out” rule. For every new item that comes into your space, challenge yourself to let go of something else. This helps prevent clutter from building up again over time, and encourages you to be more intentional about your purchases.

4. Make decluttering a regular habit. Set aside time each day, week, or month to tidy up and assess your belongings. This could be as simple as spending 10 minutes before bed putting things away, or doing a more thorough clean-out at the start of each new season.

5. Ask yourself clarifying questions. As you sort through your items, ask: Do I use this regularly? Does it bring me joy? Would I buy this again today? If you answer no, it may be time to let the item go.

6. Use vertical space. Look for ways to use the walls and doors in your home for added storage. Wall-mounted shelves, over-the-door organizers, and hanging baskets can help maximize your space and keep floors and surfaces clear.

7. Digitize where possible. Scan old photos, documents, and children’s artwork into digital files to clear physical clutter. Back up files on an external hard drive or cloud storage service for safekeeping.

8. Be eco-friendly when decluttering. Donate gently used items to local charities, sell them online, or give them away to friends and family. For items that can’t be donated, check with your local recycling center to see what materials they accept. Properly dispose of hazardous items like paint, batteries, and electronics.

9. Involve the whole family. If you happen to have a spouse or kids, make decluttering a family activity by getting everyone involved. Assign age-appropriate tasks, like having kids sort through their toys or asking your partner to tackle the garage. Make it fun with music, snacks, and rewards.

10. Treat your newly organized space as sacred. Once you’ve decluttered an area, take steps to keep it that way. Be mindful about what you allow in, and take a few minutes each day to tidy up. Light a candle, diffuse essential oils, or open the windows to let in fresh air and create a sense of serenity.

Remember, decluttering is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Be patient with yourself, and focus on progress, not perfection. As you create more organized spaces, take note of how your mood, energy, and overall well-being improves. Let that positive feedback loop motivate you to keep going, one small step at a time.

Conclusion: The New You Is More Organized

With a clutter-free environment and a clear mind, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.

You’ll have the focus, energy, and inspiration to tackle your biggest goals and dreams.

You’ll feel more connected to what matters, and more empowered to live a life of purpose and joy.

So take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and let the decluttering begin. Your most organized, successful self is waiting to be revealed.

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