A cluttered mind is detrimental to your mental health. Our surroundings, especially our homes, have a huge impact on how we feel and perform throughout the day. If your house is cluttered, it won’t be long until your mind is cluttered too. This blog post will inspire you to maintain a clean home to live a more stress-free life.
Imagine waking up in the morning and having to find all your scattered belongings, clothes, and keys, just before heading to work – chaos has already infiltrated your mind before your day has began!
Why do we all yearn for organization? Well, for starters, organization makes life a whole lot easier. The time you spend looking for your belongings can instead be used for more meaningful tasks. Tasks that will boost your mental health and help you live a more happy life.
Here are 5 wondrous benefits a clean home has on your physical and mental health:
1. Reduces Stress and Depression
According to a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, women who described their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more depressed, fatigued, and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than women who felt their homes were “restful” and “restorative”.
2. Helps you Eat Better
Research in the journal of Psychological Science proves that a clean, clutter-free environment can help you make better food choices; a recent study recorded a group of people’s choice of food snack (either an apple or a chocolate bar) and found that people who worked in a neat space for 10 minutes or more were twice as likely to choose the apple.
3. Boosts your Relationships
Positive relationships with family, friends and partners are the key to a happy life – but believe it or not, having a messy, dirty house has an effect on these too! If you live with a partner or roommate, not doing the hoovering or leaving dirty dishes in the sink can spark resentment and be the source of aggravation and bad feeling. Dr Selhub says “For couples, clutter can create tension and conflict And the time you spend looking for missing items can also take away from time you could be spending together”.
4. Increases Productivity
Research has shown that clutter actually affects your ability to function. The journal of neuroscience reports that when there are lots of un-tidy things around your home, it overloads you visual cortex and makes it more difficult for your brain to process information or focus on the task in hand. Hence, de-cluttering your work desk and having less things to look at will considerably improve your ability to focus.
5. Improves Sleep
As aforementioned, living in a clean and de-cluttered environment improves general Zen and reduces stress and depression, which naturally will result in a better slumber. However, this isn’t the only benefit of less mess on your sleep patterns. According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, 75 percent of people reported that they got a better nights rest with freshly changed sheets and fluffed pillows. Furthermore, doing things like making your bed and tidying away clothes in the morning mean you are 19 percent more likely to get a good night’s sleep.