How Getting Organized Can Improve Your Mental Health

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How Getting Organized Can Improve Your Mental Health

The process of getting organized can improve your mental health in many ways.  If mental health challenges such as ADD, ADHD, OCD, Hoarding Disorder, Anxiety Disorders or Depression are a concern, it is best that you seek therapy from a mental health professional. All of these mental health challenges may also be represented outwardly by how you organize your space.  Some of my organizing clients are seeing a mental health professional to improve their mental health, while working with a professional organizer to improve their environment.  Whether or not you have a clinical diagnosis, getting organized can boost your mental health in the following ways.

Reduces Anxiety

Often, living or working in a disorganized can cause stress and anxiety.  By creating a more peaceful space and getting organized, your stress levels will be lowered.

Lowers Depression

Many times depressed feelings accompany the stress, anxiety, overwhelm and shame you may feel because of clutter and disorganization.  Getting organized and improving your environment can help to reduce depression.

Improves Time Management

Once organized, you will spent less time searching for items you cannot find.  This will give you more time to spend on higher priority tasks and doing things you enjoy.

Lowers Procrastination

If everything is organized and has a place, you will be less likely to procrastinate.  Proper organization makes it easier to start a project.

Increases Ability to Socialize

Disorganization may cause you shame about your surroundings, and you may feel embarrassed to host parties or have visitors over.  After organizing, you will have the ability to host guests and visitors, improving your social connections.

Boosts Productivity

Clutter can be distracting.  Living and working in an uncluttered space can make it easier for your to focus.  You will be able to find and put away items more quickly, saving time and boosting productivity.

Improves Your Relationships 

Clutter and disorganization can create tension and conflict among family members and co-workers. An organized space can reduce arguments about clutter.

By | 2017-04-05T10:11:10+00:00 April 12th, 2017|benefits, mental health, organizing, productivity, Stress|6 Comments

About the Author:

Nancy Haworth is a Professional Organizer and Owner of On Task Organizing, LLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. She assists residential clients throughout the area in organizing homes, decluttering, moving, and managing time. She has been a member of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals since 2011.


  1. Janet Barclay April 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    All very good points, Nancy! I used to share a workspace with someone who hoarded newspapers and other printed material, and it definitely led to tension between us!

  2. Kim May 18, 2017 at 6:05 am - Reply

    These are so true. I find if things start building up and I have a lot on my plate I feel stressed out. I can only imagine how challenging it is for those who are clinically and chronically depressed.

  3. Olive Wagar June 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Lowering procrastination & boosting productivity seem to work together! I like to think of Fridays as my “finish it” day–errands, ironing, sending a card, pick up library books, and such. So nice not to clutter up my mind with unfinished chores.Thanks for sharing this on POBC!!

    • Nancy Haworth June 10, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting. Thinking of Fridays as a “finish it” day is wonderful idea!

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