When people think about ways to improve their financial lives, they will often think about exclusively pragmatic and obvious steps that can be taken. So, for example, creating a budget, or taking on a second job, or cutting out excess spending and cancelling the regular visits to restaurants.
All of that stuff is great, and can certainly have a tremendous impact. But on a subtler, more psychological level, there’s a good argument to be made that getting your home in order can improve your financial health – whether you live in a high-end Montage Property, or in a humble apartment in the city.
Here are just a few reasons why getting your home in order may help to improve your financial life.
It initiates a “domino effect” that inspire positive change throughout other domains of your life
Often, when we’re in financial trouble of one sort or another, we become disheartened, and fall into a pattern of acting out negative habits that keep us where we are, or maybe even worsen our situations.
Tidying up and organising your home – that is, decluttering, dusting, organising your belongings, and so on – is a practical and achievable step that anyone can take, that will make things “better” in a clear sense, and that can serve as the inspiration for a cascade of positive change.
In his book, “The Power of Habit,” the writer Charles Duhigg refers to what he calls “keystone habits.” These keystone habits are the sorts of habits that automatically trigger a cascade of other positive habits, through their very nature.
Keeping your home in order can serve a purpose similar to this, and can be the first step in getting your financial life back in order, in an indirect sense.
The more organised you are, the easier it is to maintain a proper perspective on things
It’s very difficult to keep on top of your financial affairs, when your entire life is quite chaotic and disorganised, and you’re not really sure how to begin making sense of things.
Organising your home is a first step in organising your life, in general, and there is evidence that the simple act of tidying up can help to order your thoughts and give you a greater degree of mental clarity.
When things are organised and orderly, in general, it is much easier to maintain a proper perspective on your situation, and to make smart financial decisions.
Your confidence is likely to rise in direct proportion to how appealing and tidy your personal environment is
Often, a significant part of what stops people from seizing control of their financial destinies, is a simple lack of confidence and self-esteem.
When you’re down, and have little if any belief in your own ability to make a positive change in your life, it’s unlikely that you’re going to successfully claw yourself out of debt, and forge a more positive path forward.
The thing is, our immediate environments have a significant impact on our mindset. Tidying up your home, and making your personal environment more appealing and organised, can really enhance your sense of self-confidence and your belief in the potential for change.