Clutter isn’t just the stuff in your closet or on the floor, it’s anything that gets anything between you and the life you want to be living.
Are you the type of person who loves to hoard stuff? Or are you the one who loves to declutter from time to time?
There’s nothing wrong with saving things you feel are important to you. However, this can turn worse one day, leading to hoarding disorder and too much clutter.
Clutter is a big no-no, for it brings negative effects on both physical and mental health. Have you ever experienced going home one day and seeing your home too messy? Like there are too many unnecessary items scattered around? It can quickly change your mood from being happy to becoming slightly irritated.
Or does your closet seem too crowded that it takes you a lot of time to find clothes? Not only does it consume more of your time, but it also consumes your energy that you should be saving for other important matters.
Decluttering is one of the keys to better health and wellbeing. So if you’re thinking about when to ditch those old items and organize your closet, now’s the best time to grab a big empty box and start filling it with things that are okay to let go.
Oh, and by the way, here are eight more reasons why decluttering is good for your health:
1. Boosts mood and creativity
Having too much clutter around can destroy your peace of mind and block your concentration. Instead of focusing on your tasks and being creative in your work, you get distracted by messy surroundings that can also ruin your mood.
If you want to wake up in a calm and relaxed mood, try decluttering from time to time. Because less stuff means less cleaning, less organizing, and less procrastinating.
2. Helps improve physical and mental health
Allowing your body to move every time you clean and organize will prevent you from having a sedentary lifestyle.
Moreover, organizing your clutter and seeing the progress will give you a sense of accomplishment, which is good for your mental health.
If you make this a habit, not only does it relax you mentally, but it also allows your body to naturally stay active.
3. Sharpens your focus
Clutter is messy, and too much clutter is chaotic—one of the major reasons why you experience extreme difficulty in focusing and multitasking.
When your area is clean and decluttered, your mind solely focuses on completing tasks. And since your mind has plenty of room to do more tasks, you can multitask effectively.
4. Energizes you & improves productivity
Each time you declutter and organize, you acquire energy from visual accomplishments and your problem-solving skills develop, too.
Since your working space is organized and tidy, you will have more energy to fulfill your work and even motivate you to accomplish your deadlines earlier.
5. Helps prevent allergies and other illnesses
A messy and cluttered area invites germs, allergens, and insects, which are bad for your health. But if you declutter and maintain tidyness in your area, you’re also keeping your surroundings clean and germ-free.
Regular decluttering and cleaning will also remove toxins and dust particles in the air, preventing you from having skin allergies, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. In the long run, your overall wellness will improve naturally without you even knowing.
You can also disinfect your area by using organic and safe household products to prevent insects such as bugs, mosquitos, ants, and termites from living in your home.
6. Improves sleep
Surprisingly, a messy and cluttered bedroom can affect how well you sleep. People who sleep in a cluttered room are linked to having sleeping problems, restless nights, and poor quality of sleep.
If you’re also experiencing this, one way to solve it is by tidying your room and removing clutter. Doing so will help you relax more and sleep faster, knowing that everything is in place and you don’t have to worry about cleaning first thing in the morning.
7. Helps relieve stress and anxiety
Let’s face it, a cluttered and an untidy area doesn’t spark joy. It’s like everything in your home is almost perfect, but that pile of boxes and unnecessary stuff seems to get in the way.
It can also bring a huge amount of anxiety and stress due to the clutter accumulating. Just the thought of organizing, moving, storing away, and giving to other people can be stressing and draining.
By removing clutter, you are also removing the added stress and extra responsibilities in your life. It will allow your mind to find peace and serenity, making you think clearer and more positively.
8. Gives your more space
Decluttering and regularly organizing will give you more space to add new stuff. If your closet has less clutter, you can add new clothes. If your kitchen is well organized, you’ll have more room for grocery and other new kitchen items. And if your bedroom is tidy, you’ll be more encouraged to clean your pillow cases and bed sheets.
You’ll be surprised at how much space you have if you organize from time to time. This will also help you find your items easily, like your keys and TV remote.
Decluttering provides plenty of health benefits. But simplifying your space doesn’t need to happen in a day.
To prevent added stress and exhaustion, declutter little by little. Plan first on where to start and take small steps daily. Lastly, don’t forget to declutter with a positive mind.
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