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.­ness, email sbic@cc­ 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.

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