What would you do with an extra 2 days this year? Would you take a spa getaway? Chill out at home? Sleep? Every year, the average person spends over 2 days looking for stuff – keys, the remote, glasses, cellphone, etc. Make this the year you get organized and reclaim those days.
And extra time isn’t the only benefit that comes from decluttering and organizing your home. Did you know that clutter is known to increase cortisol levels? Cortisol is what controls stress levels – so more clutter equals more stress. But it can also have more direct impacts on your health – like less sleep, higher blood pressure, and an increased incidence of depression.
There are also social impacts of clutter. Nearly 50%1 of us won’t invite people over if our homes are cluttered. This can increase isolation, which (full circle) can again increase rates of depression.
Seems like the weight of clutter is much higher than just the weight of all this extra stuff. So let’s clear the clutter and get a little closer to living our best lives this year. Now isn’t that something worth celebrating?
Here are a few ways you can kick-start a tidier new year.
Are you ready to kick-start a tidier new year? Just remember that while an organized home is proven to help your mental health, it isn’t a guaranteed anxiety-busting solution. So if you’re feeling a bit down, there’s never any harm in mentioning it to your doctor or talking to a professional about it. And with a Blue Cross Health Insurance plan, you can get extended benefits that not only include coverage for routine medical expenses like dental visits or vision care, but can also help cover the cost of therapies like psychologist visits and massages.