Are there psychological benefits to being organized?
Special to the Whig
Dear Librarian: Are there psychological benefits to being organized?
Dear Reader: As a matter of fact, there are psychological benefits to being organized.
The beginning of spring is a time when people start organizing, decluttering and cleaning. An organized closet, clean kitchen and clear spaces are associated with improved moods, decreased stress and enhanced creativity. A disorganized space has also been linked to less physical activity. An organized environment is also associated with a person eating healthy and being more generous.
Studies have shown that cluttered environments tend to stay cluttered, but once the space is organized, you do not want to thwart all of your hard work. Many psychologists have reported their clients invest in their health, especially their weight, when they take charge of cleaning and organizing.
Organization is not just for living space, it is for work space too. A tidy desk could promote healthy eating and generosity. Being organized at work allows you to be more productive, which means you finish on time and can go home. You will have more time to make healthy meals, relax and get more sleep.
Most people live in a stressful environment, so adopting a sense of tidiness allows people to stay focused and organized to assist with effectively managing their stress. Clutter is stressful for the brain so a person is more likely to default to their coping mechanism of choosing comfort foods and overeating. A decluttered space will declutter your mind.
Last Week’s Trivia Question: When was liquid dish detergent first manufactured? Answer: Middle of the 20th century
This Week’s Trivia Question: How did spring cleaning originate?
Upcoming Event: Want to learn tips to organize, declutter, and clean green? The owners of Country Clean will discuss their tips for organizing the Perryville Branch Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. There will be a raffle at each branch for a two-hour mini clean for one lucky patron to win who attends the program.
Country Clean was assisted by CCPL’s Small Business Information Center, a free service to help start or grow your business. For more information visit http://www.cecil. ebranch.info/small-business, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-996-5600 ext. 128.
What People Are Asking runs weekly in Jumpstart and is written by librarians at the Cecil County Public Library. Questions? Visit your local branch, email ask@ccplnet. org, call 410-996-5600 or visit www.cecil.ebranch.