Being organized makes you happy and healthy!

Whether or not your New Year’s Resolution was to get organized, the promise of spring’s early arrival means it’s time to get your priorities straight. Being organized can be a physical activity by organizing your home or work space or by cleaning, throwing away, or moving your items to another location such as your attic or a storage unit. It can also be a mental activity by organizing your tasks and personal or professional goals in order to stay productive. Getting organized can be a very daunting task for many that requires a lot of time and energy on your part, but can really make all the difference when it comes to your health and well-being. Here are some of the major health benefits associated with getting organized:

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Keeping a clean and organized home can help reduce stress and give you more free time.

Reduces Stress and Depression: Excess clutter can be very stressful to your mental psyche. It creates excess stimuli which  make us feel anxious, helpless and overwhelmed. Keeping things organized can help reduce this stress and lower risk of depression because you no longer have to worry about misplaced items or forgetting tasks off of your to-do list. Having a well-planned out schedule and clutter-free work space allows you to have the time to do the things that you want, ultimately increasing your happiness.

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Meal-Prepping is a good way to stay organized and healthy.

Lose Weight:  Losing weight is as easy as taking the first step in organizing  your kitchen by getting rid of any holiday or Valentine’s Day goodies in order to make room for fresh and healthy ingredients. It has been said that those who work in a neat environment  opt for healthier food choices, than those in a messier environment. This is because all the excess stimuli caused by a cluttered space result in indulging on comfort foods as a coping mechanism. Having a spacious and organized home can also free up space for you to do your workouts from home, saving you time and money. Planning out your day can keep you accountable for following through with those workouts and allocate time to meal prep for the rest of the week.

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Having a clutter-free home or schedule can allow you to open up your space and time to be able to spend with family and friends

Improve your relationships: It is no secret that a messy house can cause tension among couples, families,and  roommates, making you feel shame and  embarrassment.  It can also hinder you from wanting to invite people over which creates a physical and emotional barrier between you and your friends and family. Keeping a clean and orderly home can help you avoid these situations and allow you to continue to maintain and develop lasting relationships with friends and family.

Be More Productive: As mentioned before, clutter is distracting. Freeing up your home or work space can make all the difference in your ability to focus . By doing so you can finish your work more efficiently leaving you more time to conquer other tasks such as working out, meal prepping, getting personal time, spending time with friends and family, and sleeping!

There you have it, the key to a healthier happier life starts with making sure that your life and space is well-organized. This simple life hack can make all the difference when it comes to job performance, strengthening your relationships, good health, and your overall happiness!

Ground Hog Day Means Spring Cleaning Comes Early

Today, believe it or not is Groundhog Day! Yes, it’s actually one month into 2016 and we’ve hopefully all heard the good news by now! Punxsutawney Phil, Gobbler’s Knob’s most famous groundhog (and probably the world’s most famous), did NOT see his shadow this morning, meaning Spring surely to come early this year. This is a bit hard to believe however that the Winter season will not continue on with 6 more weeks, considering the Phil’s onlookers waited for hours in the 22 degree Pennsylvania cold. Even in San Diego, citizens awoke to a crisp 34 degrees this morning.

Regardless of the inconsistencies, we will trust our ole woodchuck bud in good faith and prepare for the balmy weather. And with Spring just around the corner here are a few tips to prime you for a much speedier Spring Cleaning. With the way this year is already flying by, it may be a great idea to get a head start on your disorganized garage you promised yourself you’d tackle, after throwing the Christmas lights into its black abyss under the spell of a vicious blackout food coma.

Showers

Baths, showers, and jacuzzis are a day of work on their own, so let’s start small with the simplest of tasks, the showerhead. This trick should work for all showerheads, including detachable ones. You will simply need vinegar, a plastic sandwich baggie, and a rubber band. Fill the baggie with vinegar and place over the showerhead. (Make sure the fixture is completely submerged). Wrap the rubberband, (a hair tie will work just a well), around the baggie, making sure it is secure and will not slip off. Leave the baggie to soak the showerhead overnight. The next morning can take the baggie off and easily scrub off the leftover sediment, if any!

With that chore set, you can move on to your next time saver.

 

Carpets

Before you bust out the laundry and starches, plug in your iron and take a good look at your carpet. With a bit of care and skill, an iron can actually be used to remove some stains.

First, prepare a solution of three parts water and one part vinegar. Then we would recommend you vacuum your carpets to remove any solids and then dampen your worrisome stains or spots with your vinegar mixture. Once dampened, leave your moistened towel flat over the stain and use the iron to heat the towel. You should be able to see that the stain has begun to lift. Move to the next spot after the stain has been completely lifted or appears to be removed as much as possible.

NOTE: If you are feeling speedy, you may be able to prepare this next cleaning solution while the iron heats up.

 

Microwaves

If you have not cleaned your microwave in a while, especially after little Corey and Harris’ New Year’s Eve experiment with fireworks, it’s about time to give the zapper some much needed attention. Try our method of steam cleaning.

What you’ll need is ½ cup water, ½ cup vinegar (notice a common ingredient), a sponge, a microwave-safe bowl, and a wooden stir stick.

  1. Mix together the water and vinegar into your bowl.
  2. Place the stir stick into the mixture. This step is actually more of a safety prevention than a cleaning tool. Since the stir stick is not smooth like the side of the bowl, bubbles will be able to form allowing for the mixture to boil. Without the micro rigidity of the stick, bubbles would not be able to form and could eventually explode when moved.
  3. Place the bowl, mixture, and stir stick into the microwave and heat for about five to ten minutes.
  4. When the time is up, do not open the microwave. Let the mixture sit inside for a few more minutes, and more steam develop.
  5. After waiting a bit, take out the mixture and bowl with some oven mitts. Next, dip the sponge into the mixture and scrub off any gunk inside. With a few quick swipes, most of the gunk and leftover meat mysteries should clean off.

 

So there you have it, 3 tips to get you started for a much needed and hopefully strategic Spring Cleaning!

NOTE: Hopefully there was never an issue with the microwave and little Corey and Harris’ New Year’s Eve experiment. As much as vinegar appeared to be a super kryptonite to gunk and grime, we think this may be a task too hard to wrestle. It might just be time to make long overdue goodbye and maybe part ways with this obsolete wedding gift, and head over to Sears.