Get Organized and Improve your Mental Health

When someone comes to me and tells me that they are looking to improve their outlook on life, the first assignment I give them is to clean out their closets. I know it’s annoying and frustrating that something so simple can be so powerful, but I stand by the impact getting organized can have. If your feeling out of sorts, out of control, or like you need a significant change, start by clearing out the junk, tossing the clothes that don’t fit or you don’t wear, and organize your space so you can quickly access your garments, shoes, and purses. White hangers on pastel pink background

When we’re surrounded by clutter, piles of laundry, and countless projects, it significantly impacts our mood, attitude, and overall mental health. You’re surrounded by a real-life, in-your-face to-do list that you can’t seem to manage.

Once your space is in order, it gives you an instant boost of pride and self-satisfaction that helps you to feel more confident and capable. You have slain the clutter dragon and should feel empowered! You’ve also set the stage to dramatically improve critical areas of your life that you probably didn’t even consider.

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  • Your relationship will improve – I know how crazy this bullet point is, but I swear I’m not bullshitting you. Clutter creates conflict. There is shame and embarrassment surrounding having a mess, which can create an emotional boundary between you and your partner. Decluttering gives you space and energy to focus on your relationship.
  • You will experience reduced stress – Less mess equals less stress. Ruminating over all of the things you need to get done but can’t ever seem to get done is a stress inducer. Clutter is a constant reminder of everything that you’re not doing and can quickly make you feel like you’re failing. Clearing your space allows you to relax your mind and body and decompress from other stressors in your life.
  • Your sleep will improve – Your more relaxed at home because the piles of shit have been cleared out. You’re able to relax without feeling guilt or shame. Creating a habit of making your bed and washing your sheets makes luxuriating in bed so much more attractive.
  • You will make healthier choices – Your space is looking gorgeous, which means that you’re feeling beautiful on the inside. You’ll want to keep this momentum going by making more mindful choices about your health.
  • Eases your symptoms of anxiety and depression – If you’re one of the millions of people living with anxiety or depression then you know that clutter and mess can exacerbate your symptoms and make you feel like things are even more out of control than they are.  I don’t want to mislead you into thinking that organizing your space will miraculously make your depression and anxiety go away. It won’t. Take a deep breath and start one step at a time. Do what you can when you feel like you can and it will definitely help you.

Dressing closet with pink clothes arranged on hangers and shelf.YouTube: Get Organized and Improve Your Mental Health

This task is simple enough, but the real challenge comes with keeping it that way. Keeping your space organized frees up your time and energy to focus on what is most important to you and has a real impact on your overall quality of life. Focus on small projects at a time. Anything longer than an hour or so will leave you feeling overwhelmed and depleted.

Being organized doesn’t have to take a ton of time or effort. Don’t worry about being perfect or getting everything done all at once. Focus one eliminating items that no longer serve you and removing distractions. Stay consistent in your efforts, and you will notice significant changes in no time. Modern wooden wardrobe with clothes

I’m really doing this.

Welcome, Dear New Friend,
I’m Dana. I wear a lot of hats in life, but the one I get the most intense response to is when I tell people that I’m a therapist. I do therapy things. I work in mental health. I lead with this as a description of myself mostly because I feel like it gives me the most credibility. I do something meaningful that required education and THOUSANDS of training hours and people generally either think that’s cool or are afraid that I’m analyzing them. This doesn’t make me a more qualified human, but it gives me a different perspective.
Sometimes being a therapist is like a superpower and sometimes it really interferes with my desire to blindly rage. I prefer vulnerability over curated perfection. New friends, I am not perfect. Let me say that again for those of you in the back – I’m not perfect. I’m bored by the idea of perfection and with pretending that life is supposed to look a certain way.  My reality shines infinitely more fiercely than anything I can dream up as a content creator.
I’ve got a lot to say about some things, and I’m excited that I finally decided to do this. I mostly keep my thoughts to myself because I don’t like being told my business or subject myself to a forum in which I can be criticized in any way.  I mean, who in their right mind wants to be bullied on the internet? I’m in awe of the people who are able to manage that aspect of their lives and really wish that we could do better as a community of people.
Recently, I had my very first Instagram troll, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought – but it was only one out of many potential jerks trying to tell me that I’m wrong. I’ve been resistant to putting it all out there because I don’t want to be told that I’m wrong or to have my mistakes pointed out because someone needed to make themselves feel better. I think I have a lot of valuable things to share and it’s time that I do that.
Life is already so messy and complicated, and while I haven’t figured it all out yet, I have life experiences and a career that make me somewhat of an “expert” on life. I mean, as much as anyone can be an expert on life. I’ve felt like I’m on top of the world and I’ve felt like a crumb. I’ve felt like I was kicking ass and taking names at this life thing and then I’ve not wanted to get up out of bed for days.
When I was a teenager, and grown-ups would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, in my brain, I would always say “Happy.” I feel like the topic of happiness deserves its own separate post, but I also think that gives you some insight into who and what you’re dealing with here. It’s always important to know what you’re getting yourself into.
I don’t really want to talk exclusively about therapy and mental health things here, but since it’s a part of me, there is no way to escape it. This is more about life and what we’re all doing to just flourish in it. I, for one, am sick and tired of complaining about nothing and continuing to allow myself to live in a negative headspace. There is this whole beautiful, amazing, sunshiny world out there and I am determined to thrive in it.
I don’t know more than anyone, and I’m never the smartest in the room. I know different things than you and you know different things than me. I love to hear from people with different perspectives.
I’ve spent a good number of years walking this Earth in search of SOMETHING bigger than me. For years, I’ve had this feeling in my chest that feels like a cross between fire and anticipation. I can’t ever seem to find what it is that I’m looking for, but here I am, ready to search and maybe even just create the damn thing myself.
Full disclaimer, beautiful people – everything that I say is my opinion, personal belief, or experience. Absolutely nothing here should be used as a substitution for obtaining mental health services. I am always happy to provide resources on where help can be found.