Organizing for Mental Health

How are you feeling today?  Stressed?  May is Mental Health Month, and as a home organizer I love helping people relieve some of the pressure that they feel because they’re stressed or depressed by their environment. Let’s talk about some things that you can do to relieve some of the stress in your life by getting organized.

Keep it simple: It’s easy to keep gathering things, letting cleaning or organizing slide and doing things in the way that you’ve always done them.  But the truth is that the more simple things are for you, the easier it will be to keep up.  I don’t mean that you have to give up stuff or stop doing stuff and live in a little cabin in the woods, what I mean is that if you’re still spending all day on Twitter for business, look for recipes each day for dinner, and have things stored in impractical and wasteful places, you definitely need to make things simpler and easier for yourself.  If you haven’t taken the time to simplify your life, I encourage you to set aside some time this week and make a list of things you want to be simpler in your life, and then start on them one by one.

Make a schedule:  Everyone talks about wanting to be free and having the time to do all these amazing things that they never have time for.  Do you know why they don’t have time?  Because they haven’t scheduled their time well.  They haven’t planned the necessary chores, activities, relationship building time, work/career and rest into their life.  By taking the time to plan your day, your week and your month, you’ll not only save yourself a lot of headaches, but you’ll also be able to schedule in time for your partner, kids, clients, and yourself.  I haven’t found a perfect scheduler, calendar or program that does all I want it to, so I write my schedule in 2 different ways-a daily/weekly schedule, and a monthly one.  And yes, I do write it by hand.

Get support: The only way that you’ll be able to get organized and be mentally strong is if you have help.  You can’t do it alone, you’ve got to communicate your schedule with your partner, coworkers, boss, friends and kids.  You also may want to hire someone to clean your house, go grocery shopping or do some of the simpler tasks in your business that don’t need your personal attention.  Also, don’t be afraid to get some help from an organizer, counselor or coach to get you started on mental and physical organization and health.

What will you do this week to have a simpler, planned, supported life?  If it’s just one action, what will that action be?

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