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While there are many benefits to organizing, one of the most compelling to me has always been the positive impact on our health. Many research studies have shown a correlation of home organization to both stress levels (which can be a major contributor to health issues) and to the decisions that we make (i.e. food choices, whether we exercise or not).
For instance, when working in a neat workspace versus a cluttered one, participants were twice as likely to choose an apple over a chocolate bar as a snack (study reported in the Journal of Psychological Science). Numerous studies have also shown that people tend to eat what they see. A 2015 Cornell study reported that women that kept fresh fruit on their countertop “tended to be at a normal weight compared to peers” while those that kept "snacks like cereal and soda readily accessible" weighed, on average, 20 pounds more than peers. We eat what we see and is convenient - not a big surprise with today’s busy pace of life.
Convenience plays a vital role in many of our choices (fast food vs cooking, driving vs biking/walking, sleeping in vs going to the gym).
So how can we use this information to our advantage? Here are five ways to start in your kitchen:
Some people find decanting dry goods into clear or labeled canisters makes them more accessible. If you do this, tape the cooking instructions to the underside of the lid for things like rice and quinoa if you’re not used to cooking them.
Do you have any kitchen organizing tips that have helped you eat healthier?