why organisation is great for helping your mindset

We speak to the professionals at The Organised Life on how getting our ducks in a row can help our overall wellbeing.

“The act of tidying up your space physically allows the mind to clear simply because your mind doesn’t have to compete on processing lots of stimuli (aka clutter) at once,” psychologist Nancy Sokarno tells Body+Soul.

“A 2011 study conducted by researchers at Princeton University in the US found that disorganisation can overwhelm the visual cortex and make focusing difficult. So if you’re feeling disorganised, stressed or anxious, try your hand at decluttering a space and you might feel a little calmer and more relaxed afterwards.”

Help is at hand – Body+Soul has enlisted Megan Dryden, a professional organiser and founder of decluttering service An Organized Life, to provide tangible tips for anyone who’s looking to bring order to their lives.

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Where to start?

“The problems arise when there’s no solid foundation or system to follow. You’re just throwing things anywhere, because there’s no home for each item. Get organised in stages, and start small – one room at a time or even one cupboard at a time – so you don’t get overwhelmed.

“Phase one: remove everything. That means taking every single thing out of the drawers or shelves, putting it on the bench, and categorising it into groups.

“Work out what you want to keep, and what you can chuck. Once that’s done, it’s time for the fun part – thinking about how you’d like the space to look. Explore storage options (containers, baskets, tubs), and then measure up your space to make sure everything will fit like a dream.

“Phase two: the installation. This is when a space is styled and everything is labelled. Labelling something creates a home for the item. And creating a system makes it easy to maintain.”

Make the habit stick

“Remember that your space isn’t going to magically stay looking like this. Put things away consciously, purchase things consciously (so you don’t accidentally end up stockpiling six bags of muesli because it’s on your weekly online shopping list), create systems and form little habits.”

How to:

The pantry

“Things are usually a bit chaotic and out of control in the kitchen and pantry, especially when there are kids involved, because there are a lot of hands on everything. Categorising is a really important step here, so put all the cans together, all the kids’ snacks together, all the drinks together, and so on.

“Next, check the dates. Most people don’t realise they have things that might be five years old and expired stuffed in the back of the cupboard. Or maybe there are some items that the kids don’t like anymore, so there’s no use it being in there taking up space.

“Now decide if you like glass jars and containers. Or would acrylic be better because they’ll be handled by the kids?

Think about your cooking habits: do you eat a lot of pasta? If so, put it in a large container in an easily accessible part of the cupboard; and put something you use less often, such as flour, in a smaller container, further back.”

The wardrobe

“For wardrobes, we create three different piles when we’ve taken everything out: keep, donate and bin (for things that are too far-gone to donate). Next, look at everything that needs to fit into the wardrobe or drawers, and create a better system. Maybe that means having handbags at the top and shoes at the bottom, because you access your shoes more often, or it could be the other way around.

“Everyone is different. Regardless of where they go, clothes should be grouped: all dresses together, all skirts together, all jumpers together.

“That’s why we love hanging dividers in a wardrobe – because that means each section is labelled and easier to maintain.”

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