Our home environment can affect us in many ways, from influencing our mood and behaviour to having an impact on our energy and productivity levels. You may have heard the saying, ‘tidy house, tidy mind,’ which makes reference to how a cluttered environment can impact our clarity of mind, and our ability to organise our thoughts and even our lives. This article will look at the importance of decluttering and organising our home environment, and how this can contribute towards improving well-being and productivity.
Why You Should Declutter Your Home
Taking the time to declutter and organise your home environment can actually be considered as an important act of self-care; an action that we take to improve our health, happiness and well-being. While it may be a task that is considered unenjoyable or something that we put off, self-care can sometimes involve doing something we don’t want to do—knowing that it looks after our best interests in the long term. Like going to bed early when we feel like staying up, pushing yourself to exercise when you don’t feel like it, or even eating more healthily.
Clutter Adds to Stress
Having too much clutter can actually cause someone a lot of stress in a variety of different ways. For example, keeping on top of housework will likely take much more time, effort, and work in a cluttered environment. This could even lead to mould problems, especially if there is a lot of furniture or items packed in tightly together and up against the walls. This, combined with a lack of cleaning, could result in damp forming.
Excessive clutter can also lead to a buildup of dust which can adversely impact your health, as it can aggravate or worsen asthmatic symptoms. Decluttering your home will mean that you can breathe easier and you will feel physically better.
It Can Affect Your Happiness
It can also lead to a lot of lost time looking for things that you can’t find, which adds to stress. You may also feel less inclined to have guests over to your home due to feeling discontent about the state of your home. However, true to the saying mentioned in the introduction, if you clear up your space, you will clear up your mind. You will have more time, reduce stress, your productivity will improve, and you will take more pride in your home; meaning you can enjoy yourself more and have guests over.
Clearing out the clutter will result in less of your mental capacity being taken up in trying to manage all the ‘stuff’ that you own. When your environment is not clear and organised, it can cause decision fatigue, as well as cause your mind to become distracted by all the clutter in your environment, which can hinder your ability to focus and concentrate.
More Peace and Happiness in Your Life
When your home is tidy, clearer and more organised, it’ll be much easier to keep on top of. You will be able to relax and enjoy your home more, leading to increased feelings of happiness and peace and more freedom to relax and focus on what’s important.