Why It Matters To Keep Your Home Tidy and In Order

Sunday, December 9, 2018

I have a basic rule that I try to abide by on most occasions, and it's that my house should take no more than 5 minutes to tidy up in the event that a guest calls or texts that she'll "be right over".  We all basically know that it’s a good idea to keep our homes in order, and to maintain a certain baseline of tidiness and structure, but accomplishing that, especially with kids, is another feat altogether.

However, it's only natural that we all become distracted by life and by our competing responsibilities, preoccupations, and everything else we happen to be juggling at that moment. For some, being orderly and organized just isn't in their DNA. But it’s really worth your time and effort to try to maintain some sort of semblance of order in your home. When you maintain a tidy home, you can relax more readily. And the state of your home can impact you in many more ways than you might think.

Chaos Breeds Chaos
The principle of entropy states, essentially, that organized systems tend towards a state of chaos by their nature. As a conscious being, you have a role to play in helping to maintain order in the home to stave off the chaos.

If you’ve been neglecting to tidy and maintain your home, though, you’ve likely noticed that chaos rears its ugly head pretty quickly. A slightly damaged garage door quickly breaks down completely without necessary garage door repair. A once tidy floor becomes caked in mud, clumps of pet fur, and bits of food.

When you aren’t “on the ball”, constantly maintaining the state of your home, you’ll find that many issues that could have been nipped in the bud at an early stage, will inevitably become far worse than they needed to be.

Send The Right Message
Our minds, especially our subconscious minds, are impacted to a large degree by our physical surroundings. If you live in a permanently messy, cluttered, and generally disordered environment, you are sending very particular messages to your subconscious mind.

Those messages include things like “everything’s out of control, and I can’t deal with it”, “things aren’t the way I want them to be”, and so on.

Of course, you'll want to instill the opposite message. One that affirms your sense of capability, and confidence, and makes you feel generally content, fulfilled, and happy with the space you live in.

Increase Your Well Being
Connected to the last point, certain environments just make people feel happy, as a rule, while others make them feel sad. If you live in a moldy basement apartment with poor lighting, for example, you probably don’t feel very good on a day-to-day basis. But if you live in a beautiful apartment with great views, perhaps you do.

When your domestic environment is tidy and appealing, you are simply more likely to feel good about yourself and your life, even when things are a bit awry.

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