How Organizing Helped My Mental Health

The first half of 2019 was rough. I spent most of my time rehabilitating my injured body (from being bedridden, story here) and battling depression. I was overwhelmed. I had to put a long pause on my life. And, thankfully, after much effort and time I gathered strength to slowly get back to my old routine and learned a few new habits such as re-organizing my home.

I’ve decluttered, transferred some clothes, flower vases, and furniture, and re-decorated three places: (1) my main bedroom at home (2) my second bedroom at our new house (3) and my rehab room — an unused room at home where I meditate, stretch, and exercise everyday. This is how organizing them has helped my mental health. Hopefully this short story could inspire someone.

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There was a point in time where walking to the bathroom was already the highlight of my day ‘cos walking was too painful. So you guys could just imagine the amount of things I wanted to accomplish. I made a list of them. One of the first goals I wrote was to declutter my vanity desk (since I could do it while sitting down). The more activities I checked off the list, the more I felt encouraged and motivated to keep it up. I felt stronger and less paralyzed. I added more items on the list and kept improving my daily activities until now even when I could finally walk 3 km a day.


My emotions were all over the place during the first months of my injury. It was easy to overlook my little accomplishments and stress over the things i couldn’t do and no longer have. Thankfully things gradually got better as I kept organizing my rooms. The rooms were the visual representation of my progress & growth. I had something tangible to divert my energy to. I became less distracted by thoughts that made me feel stressed and anxious.

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My clean bedrooms and rehab room gave me a sense of inner peace. I removed things I no longer used and replaced them with things that helped me become more productive, such as a walker, mini bike, treadmill, and so on… I felt in control and more focused. My mind felt quiet, like it had more space for new projects. I’m glad I’ve managed to keep the habit of organizing going for around 8 months now. It’s been a tremendous help with my recovery, both mentally and physically.

Let me know if you guys get the same positive benefits from organizing!

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