Chaos is much more than having too much stuff lying around. It can impact your Holistic Health and here’s 5 ways how it happens.

Let’s do a brief visualization exercise. Imagine the perfect home. Describe the house or apartment of your dreams: 

  • How does it look from inside?
  • What color is the furniture?
  • What is your favorite room?
  • How do you feel living there?
  • What word would you use to describe this place?

Take all the time you need to do this exercise.

If you work outside your home, repeat the same exercise for the perfect work environment.

Once you’re done, I want you to answer the following question:

Was there chaos in the home/office of your dreams?

I may not know you, but I dare to say your answer was “no“. And how do I know it?

While some of us may struggle with organization, it doesn’t mean we like it.

When we see clutter and chaos, the first word that comes to our mind about the environment is unclean. It’s sometimes also right. Because of the excessive stuff spread around, there are more dark spots than one can clean.

But, there’s even more to it.

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The other side of chaos

Who has ever felt at ease where there was no place sit down or even move their feet because of clutter?

Some reality shows depict extreme cases of chaos. Yet, we all had moments when we looked around and all we saw was chaos:

  • a family member moving in or out
  • moving to another real estate
  • house painting
  • home renovation

Whether it’s a one-off event or a permanent state: this mess is not healthy. The sooner one gets rid of chaos the better.

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When everything around us is messed up, there are 5 ways it can harm (or even destroy) our holistic health:

  1. Stress
  2. Sleep
  3. Productivity
  4. Eating habits
  5. Goals

Having chaos and clutter all around the place is not only an annoying sight. Here you have 5 ways chaos can also be bad for your health and well-being.

1. Stress

Picture this: you’re late for an important appointment and you simply cannot find your shoes.

You’re going to a meeting for which you must be well-dressed and you have the perfect pair of shoes. But mixed up with all the other ones, you are able to find just one foot.

Because you cannot waste more time, you grab another pair you have in sight. It doesn’t look new (because it’s not), but it’ll have to do. To arrive on time, you leave in a rush without breakfast to avoid traffic.

When you get to the venue you’re concerned. In your head, something keeps reminding you about the shoes. You were prepared for the meeting itself, so despite all the stress, you do a great job.

So what, Debbie? Everything is fine!

No, it’s not!

You have just flushed your body with unnecessary stress just because of a shoe.

For those who have gone through a similar situation, I’m sure it brings you back memories. How did you felt afterwards? Headache? Sickness? It’s surely a list of very uncomfortable feelings.

The worst part is that you could have avoided them if you didn’t have so much clutter around.

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2. Sleep

Do you know someone who has to squeeze themselves on a small side of the bed because of all the clothing lying around?

They are:

  • ironed outfits that need to be put away
  • the laundry
  • pairs of jeans
  • T-shirts
  • skirts
  • shorts

All forgotten for way too long in the wrong place.

No one does it on purpose. It just happens, and keeps on happening again and again and you take no action to stop.

According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 75 percent of its participants said they got a better night’s sleep when their sheets were fresh and clean because they were physically more comfortable.

For those who are unable to put away what’s lying around, how will they manage to change the sheets regularly?

Besides, when you procrastinate, you probably have a tendency of leaving too much to be done right before bedtime. Not only you sleep much later than you should, but you’ll need extra time to unwind, relax and bring yourself to rest.

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"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." - A. A. Milne

3. Productivity

The same way that clearing your thoughts and being mindful is good for productivity so is having a clean desk or kitchen countertop.

All excesses are distractions. The more distractions you have to deal with, the harder it’s to focus on what you have to do.

Start your day by checking your planning:

  • What do you need to do first?
  • What equipment, appliances or stationary will you need to complete this task?
  • Once, it’s done, will you need the same objects for the next item on your calendar?

You’ll be saving a lot of time and energy by proceeding this way and you’ll surely accomplish more without chaos.

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4. Eating habits

Have you noticed that when you have too much clutter lying around you have less energy?

One of the main reasons why chaos exists at home and at work is because you feel overwhelmed and unable to organize everything. You know it’s something important, but you just can’t get yourself to move forward.

In this mess, making mindful decisions about your intake isn’t an easy task.

If you are in a hurry and hungry, the last thing you’ll think of is cooking a healthy meal. I know it because it happens to all of us.

Cooking some fresh dish will never happen anyway if your kitchen is cluttered and you can hardly move around.

Chaos makes it easier to grab some sugary snack or a TV dinner instead of preparing whole foods.

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5. Goals

Whether or not you got in the boat of resolutions, you probably have goals you want to achieve.

Some people have great lists with their short-, mid- and long-term objectives and they go above and beyond to make their dreams come true.

While making a list is key, if it’s chaotic, chances are you’ll not get much further with it. Even worse is when your goals are spread all over the place, they have conflicting strategies and you have no idea of how close (or far) you are from achieving them.

Not knowing where you are, prevents you from getting anywhere and it’s a stressing situation.

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It doesn’t have to be this way

There are many ways one can keep the chaos under control and eventually, get over it. There are countless systems and processes available for all budgets.

But before investing in one method or another, it’s important to go deeper in the issue. You need to sincerely ask yourself:

What is the real source of the chaos?

This source is not necessarily the lack of time to tidy things up, but what comes before:

  • How do you feel (about yourself)?
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed?
  • What is your energy level?
  • Is there something in your mind bothering you? Work, family, finances, for example?

Take the time to go beyond the surface of the issue.

Yes, there’s chaos and it’s there because of the clutter. However, clutter generally originates much deeper than what meets the eyes.

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5 Ways Chaos Destroys Your Holistic Health.


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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog