It's hard adjusting to an empty nest. The Hubs and I were looking forward to the Lad coming home from university for the 3-day weekend, but it turns out, he had made plans to go to the mountains. Then, we said, we'd do something exciting and fun just the two of us. We had plans to go kayaking for the first time and found a sunset sail out on the beach. Well, tropical storm Hermine made quick work of those plans. So now, we find ourselves with 3 days at home. What to do...???
Well, to start, it's time to rearrange some things in my studio and make my space a little more efficient. It was cleaner than this when I started! Every shelf, drawer, nook, and cranny was gone through, sorted, rearranged, and tidied. It took nearly four hours, but was it worth it!
There are many studies out there now that suggest that messy, untidy surroundings can truly affect our mental health, along with our productivity. A University of California study measured stress hormone levels in 30 couples. Women who described their home environment as chaotic or messy had higher levels of cortisol. (Men, it didn't bother so much; go figure!) An organized workspace leads to an organized mind and greater productivity, too! Yes, there are those that say argue and say that a messy desk is a sign of creativity. I disagree! I think it just leads to frustration, panic, and a sense of frustration and futility.
So...I'm really looking forward to being productive in my newly reorganized space. Yes, it will get messy again but at least it will be easier to put things away now that there's better organization all around.