Neuroscience for the home

the organised mind book

Here at Futon Company, we’re always on the lookout for top trends and the next big thing. And while our big passion is design we’re always keen to understand expert advice on matters relating to the home. So we were particularly interested to hear about a new book called The Organised Mind by bestselling neuroscientist Daniel Levitin (who also happens to be a musician and record producer – respect!)

Drawing on his experiences and research from brain science, The Organised Mind explains how we can reduce our levels of day to day stress and regain control over time, home and the workplace. What’s surprising about his findings is that many of them fly in the face of modern-day techniques, advocating a return to back to basics rather than a reliance on technology. What’s more, some of them are a nod to basic common sense. Here’s the topline of his advice for decluttering your brain to regain a sense of calm in the home…

• Ditch technology: Rather than relying on technology to keep on top of their to-do lists, many senior people (including Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg!) feel more relaxed and better able to focus on their work when they write things down. As ridiculously simple as this sounds, writing tasks and reminders down actually makes perfect sense in neurological terms, says Levitin
• Everything in its place: Make sure everything belongs somewhere. Buy a hook or bowl for your keys, a stand for your phone or tray for your letters. Be compulsive about using these items until it becomes an unconscious habit
• Prioritise: Take control of your home. Make visible the things you need regularly and hide the things you don’t, says Levitin. Keep your environment visually organised so there are less distractions when you’re trying to work, relax – or find things. For example, if you have limited wardrobe space, keep the clothes you wear regularly in there and pack away out-of- season items. The same applies in the kitchen… Keep Christmas cake decorations in a special Christmas box. Something you use only two weeks out of the year shouldn’t be in your way for the other 50 weeks
• Stop Multi-Tasking: We’re not wired to multi-task well. When people think they’re multi-tasking they are actually just switching from one task to another very rapidly. And every time they do there’s a cognitive cost. Research shows it makes us less efficient and incredibly stressed, producing the stress hormone cortisol. So just do one thing at a time!
• Take a nap: A quick nap can be an important part of resetting worn-out neural circuits, boosting creativity, memory and efficiency… Naps also allow for the recalibration of our emotional equilibrium… A nap can turn around negative emotions and increase happiness

Feeling inspired? Want to bring a taste of neuroscience into your home? Futon Company has some brainy ideas to get you started. What’s more they’re perfect for space saving living where space is at a premium…

Mirror Key Rotating Cabinet

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Bamboo & Canvas Drawer Rack

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Oak Storage Mirror

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Titch Single Seater Solid Pine Sofa Bed











2 Arm Swing Hook

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