It's fall, y'all (in case you missed my tirade on Pumpkin Spice Lattes). Although this means
that leaves will be changing and pumpkins will be carved, this also
means that a significant amount of time is about to be spent
indoors as we transition to sweater weather. What it typically
does not mean on the other hand is that these inside
spaces are going to be cleaned--that's a task reserved for spring.
But just because it doesn't (almost) rhyme, should we really be
neglecting the autumn tidying spree?
A messy, disorganized space causes mental
Clutter causes stress and reduces your ability to focus, which
are facts substantiated by
research, one our favorite things at MMG. This kind of stress
affect your sleep, which can in turn impact your hormone
production. This can influence your mood and cause physical
symptoms, such as weight gain. Clutter is so closely correlated to
some health issues that physicians and therapists will recruit the
help of professional
organizers for patients with mental health problems they
believe may be coming from or affected by chronic
Getting rid of your clutter can help others.
Take a look around your house or apartment, and I'm sure you'll
find plenty of items you never use or wear. Board games, outdated
electronics, cookware, clothes, shoes, sports equipment, books,
eyeglasses, furniture, musical instruments, craft supplies… The
list goes on, and there are plenty of
organizations that need just these items to help a variety of
causes from underfunded school programs to military families.
Donating to charity both helps to
make the process of getting rid of items easier and can have a
mental health benefits. If you're tight on cash, you can also
sell these items to be a little more generous this holiday
Ensuring clean surface areas is one of the best ways to
spread of the flu and keep allergies under control.
Although there hasn't been a crazy flu epidemic this year yet
(don't worry, I knocked on wood), up to
500,000 deaths occur annually from seasonal influenza around
the world. Hand sanitizer only goes so far. Plus,
dust mites, pet dander, mold, and other household allergens
occupy these surfaces, making asthma flare-ups and allergy symptoms
that much more common.
Take the first step to cleaning out and cleaning up this
weekend. Set aside a day, or even just a few hours while watching
the game, to ask yourself what you really need and how others would
perceive your space's organization and cleanliness. It's time to
leaf the clutter behind. Get it? Because leaves change
color in the fall…