The hidden benefits of being more organized
“Tidy your room”, “Help out with the chores”, “Clean the car”, “Organise your wardrobe” – how often do you hear these at home?
It gets annoying being nagged to tidy up all the time, and chances are it’s one of the biggest reasons for falling out with people at home.
Having a regular tidy and sweep up won’t just keep mom and dad off your back – it could have some other serious benefits too. Like these…
It can improve your mental health
You might think, ‘Yeah right’, but in actual fact studies have shown that there is a link between cluttered home spaces and feelings of stress and anxiety.
There’s enough to think about in everyday life between education, friends and family, so having one less thing on your mind can be a big help.
It is a smart way of avoiding conflict with those in the home too, be it parents or siblings, which can result in a more harmonious household.
It sets you up for later life
It’s never too early to start learning real-world skills. And having them before you leave home, whether that’s for college or if you move out when you start to work, can give you a real head start.
It doesn’t just apply to organising things and tidying up. If your parents are keen cooks around the house, why not see if you can help prep some meals, and even start to cook a few once you’ve built up your skills.
Then, when you do get to college, you’ll be able to impress your dormmates with your chef skills.
It could help you in school
Could a tidier bedroom really = better grades? It might sound crazy, but there’s more to it than you might think.
All that stress and anxiety we mentioned before won’t be a factor if your space is tidy. This will help you concentrate, whether you’re finishing you homework or trying to cram before an exam.
So, how do you do it?
It might be the last thing on your mind most of the time but organising things doesn’t have to be a chore.
- Little and often: Whether it’s cleaning up your room or helping out around the house, doing small jobs before things get out of hand means you won’t be stuck doing boring things for hours on end.
- Give everything a home: A big one for your room. Give everything a place to be, whether it’s on a shelf or using the storage space in your wardrobe. It’ll cut your tidying time by a lot.
- Enjoy the benefits: If having a tidy room means you’re not in trouble with your parents, or it gives you more time to hang out with your friends, well it will have all been worth it in the end!