Common sense tells us that dirty kitchens act like Petri dishes for bacteria, not to mention attract the attention of all kinds of vermin, but disorganized kitchens can be just as dangerous. Miriam Menin, a Connecticut-based professional organizer with a counseling background, is very familiar with the link between a cluttered home and high stress. "Keep [in view] only those items that are used on a daily basis, for example a coffee maker, toaster, food chopper, that kind of thing," advises Menin. "But be sure to leave room for plants, pictures and other pleasing objects in your kitchen."
Robyn Howard, owner of Neatly Nested Organizing Services in the Columbus, Ohio, area, sees a link between disorganization, increased mental stress and decreased physical health. "Disorganization can cause emotional stress, which can lead to physical ailments such as back pain, stomachaches and headaches," Howard notes. "Desktop and office clutter collects dust, which can lead to increased respiratory distress, coughing and exacerbation of asthma and allergy symptoms. When you have an organized home office, you will have adequate room to position your chair comfortably and allow freedom of movement around your desk, reducing the incidence of back and neck pain."
"Disorganization or clutter can contribute to safety issues. Tripping or falling over various items can lead to injuries. The frustration of how a cluttered room looks and feels can cause one's blood pressure to rise and heart to beat faster. These are not good for anyone's physical health!" says Becky Esker, president and owner of Get Organized! LLC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Not to mention that "a bedroom should be a sanctuary, a place to relax and rejuvenate. If it is cluttered and chaotic, the look and feel of it can cause serious frustration and anxiety."
"My motto is 'Less mess, less stress,' " declares Lisa K. Rasmussen, founder of Utterly Organized, LLC in Delano, Minnesota. "Self-confidence is stronger when one is more efficient and can produce better results by having the ability to find what you are looking for at your fingertips." And of course, not having to search for every last thing amid a cluttered home means less wear and tear on the body.
Your physical and emotional health is only an organized home away. De-clutter and organize one room at a time and you'll soon have a neat, tidy and safe living space.
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