organizing for a healthy lifestyle

Starting your day right to achieve end of day peace.

When the clock approaches 5:00 p.m., do you find yourself worrying about what to have for dinner? Do you feel intense frustration when you open your closet doors because you can’t find anything to wear? Or does stress overwhelm you as you move throughout the day because you have misplaced documents or are missing deadlines? This feeling can not only drain you mentally but physically and emotionally as well. Read on to learn some tips to help eliminate clutter in your life in order to live a healthy lifestyle!

We’ve all been there.  Dinner time approaches and there is nothing in the refrigerator or pantry to eat.  You then turn to the classic PB&J, or better yet--fast food.  Spending a few extra minutes each week meal-planning can be the answer to your problems!  Keep it simple.  Call every Tuesday “Taco Tuesday” or incorporate leftovers into your lunch planning.  Keep a chalkboard or printable with your weekly meals near the refrigerator so everyone knows whats for dinner.  Menu planning is a great way to ensure you are eating a balanced diet and aren’t overspending at the grocery store!

Another area that can cause stress is getting dressed for the day.  It can make it nearly impossible to get ready for work, let alone out the door on time.  Start by putting your hands on every piece of clothing and decide whether you love it or not.  The items that don’t make you feel like a million bucks or that have fallen behind the current trends are good pieces to let go.  Thread Up or Ebay are great resources for consigning pieces that are still current with the trends but you no longer love.  Take into consideration your space and organizing style and sort your clothes by season, color, and the type of pieces you own (i.e.,: jeans, blouses, etc.) Being able to see what you own will not only help you from re-purchasing items you can’t find but it will help you dress your best in a much faster time!  

The chaos and mess in your life and bedroom can have a negative effect on your sleep as well. According to a survey by The National Sleep Foundation people who make their beds first thing in the morning are 19% more likely to get a good night’s rest. In addition to making your bed, try keeping a to-do list.  Whether it is in a notebook or on your phone, just be sure it is all in one place.  Also, allow yourself 15-20 minutes before you leave the office or in the evening before you shut things down for the night to prepare for the next day.  Having everything lined up and ready to go will not only help you feel less stressed throughout the day but it will also help you sleep better at night!

Finding peace and serenity throughout your day may not seem attainable now but once you are able to define the vision for your space, intentionally decide what to keep based on what brings you joy and love. Choose to maintain the systems you have put in place, you will find yourself less stressed and enjoying what matters most in your life.