Posted 5.9.13 @ 10:40 by: Staff

Does the idea of a clean, organized and… well… neat home make your heart go pitter patter? You’re not alone – one of the latest design trends is the fastidious neatnik, the “Art of Being Tidy”. Stacking things into neat rows may come naturally to you, but in design this can be a break out concept.

“The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy” (Hardcover $12 at your favorite bookstore) is the neatnik’s dream. Check it out!

Why Do Some of Us Want to be so Tidy?

Some of us are tidy, some of aren’t, but why? What drives one person to want to the extreme of organizing their dishes by color (a skill I must say comes in handy when you’re trying to sell your home), and another to not-so-neatly organize their clothes in a pile on the floor?

The part of the brain that makes a person neat and the part of the brain that makes a person a hoarder – it’s all about situational stress and stress management. People that spend hours and hours making their home shine have the flipside of people that spend hours and hours feeling crushed by their disorganization.

No one knows really what pushes people one way or another, but it’s been shown in FMRI (functional MRI or magnetic resonance imaging) that the same parts of the brain light up when people are shown clutter and people are show pictures or video of people cleaning.

Why is Functional, Minimal Design so Attractive?

Even if you’re not a neatnik, you’re still going to be attracted to neatness. Order, no matter how we bend in our personalities, pulls at our heart strings. It stirs something in us, making us a little happy inside. In truth, everyone wants a clean and tidy home – just like everyone wants to go to the gym and eat all those servings of fruits and vegetables each day… but sometimes we just don’t get around to it.

If you want to be able to sell your home, you’re going to want to appeal to that inner desire for neatness. Even if you’re not all that tidy, you have to show people what a nice tidy little haven this could be for them. Hiring a professional organizer, adding all those tiny touches (think of the surprise painted on their faces when they crack that closet and find cute hangers instead of plastic nightmares!) and that sparkle that makes people want to buy.

Even if you’re not trying to sell your home, organization helps us think better. People with organized kitchens actually end up eating in more, less stressed about trying to find the cumin and more focused about what’s going on in the oven instead.

If you’re thinking about buying luxury homes for sale in Oakville or you’re just trying to figure out if now is the right time to sell your Oakville luxury real estate, give us a call! We here at the Goodale Miller team can help you answer all of your questions.

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