Updated: Oct 5, 2018
According to leading researchers clutter in your home could affect your well-being and physical health. In fact, cited in house logic women felt overwhelmed when mess accumulated in their homes. Feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, poor judgment and even poor sleep were reported to be a by-product of a person's mood and self-esteem when household items increased in volume. That said, this could be because more women associate a tidy home with feeling happy and content. On the other hand, when an unbalance emanates (CLUTTER) then a decrease in mood could emerge.
The causal link between clutter and your brain
A lovely bit of research that I came across to explain why this may be the case was from the Be Brain Fit website. Well, as it stands, brains thrive to order. Yes, you’ve got it right, order! In fact, researchers at the UCLA’s Center for Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) observed the relationship between several families as well as the thousands of objects that surrounded their homes. They found a causal relationship between mood and self-esteem with a cluttered home. So in hindsight, if the families homes were more cluttered than usual, they become more stressed than those families who had less clutter. To explain this further another study using MRIs showed that the reason that this may occur is that clutter affects the brain's ability to process and obtain information correctly. When cluttered objects are in our visual field, our senses become overloaded to the point where we feel stressed, which thus impairs our mindset.Psychology Today suggested that:
“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Rarely is clutter recognised as a significant source of stress in our lives.”
Cluttered house, cluttered mind
Based on the research so far it would appear that a cluttered house does indeed cause a cluttered mind. Not only does it cause your inability to concentrate but it would appear that it could release a whole heap of health concerns too. Obesity is one of them! Yes, too much clutter can cause you to be fat. It would appear that chaos and fatness are interchangeably linked according to researchers. Learn more here
Why it's important that you ditch the clutter?
Decluttering your home could be your medication alone to release the tension, anxiety and depression that you may face due to a cluttered house. Too much junk in your house is not good for your well-being, so to eliminate these problems it would be advisable to clear and dispose of all your cluttered household items once and for all!
When Clutter becomes a problem
Okay let’s face it, for some, clutter it would appear is not a big deal. For others, clutter can be crippling, both physically and emotionally. It has been revealed that at least 20% of households in the UK alone experience clutter problems, this figure though is rising each year. Clutter would materialise because we become more attached to objects that we can’t bear to lose out of our lives, maybe due to having a sentimental attachment to them in some form. Nevertheless, it is important to recognise that massive amounts of materialistic objects can be harmful to the extent where they impede on people’s lives. Yes my lovelies, we are talking about Hoarding. Now, I am not saying that you have a hoarding condition, rather I am saying that you would need to be honest with yourself and thoroughly evaluate your mindset and your property, especially if you believe that clutter is the culprit to your depression or other health problems as outlined above. If so, you would need to understand that there are solutions and options. Clearing your clutter is one of them. Although this might not always be exciting or pleasant, it certainly helps.