You wake up to a messy room. You feel overwhelmed by the lack of space around. You make your way through your house, occasionally struggling to find the things you need to go to work. As you finally close your front door, you realize that you need to declutter your house sooner or later.
If you have ever been in a similar situation like the one described above, know that you are not alone. In fact, according to a survey conducted by napo.net, 80 percent of the things in your house are items that you never use. According to Ikea, people spend at least 6 minutes on average in finding their keys!
One thing is for sure; most of us need to declutter our houses. Having a clutter-free space has various advantages. Here are the most significant ones.
It stops bugs from infesting your home
Do you know what happens when you have a lot of items piled up? Space becomes a breeding ground for roaches and other similar bugs!
Insects are attracted to cluttered, dark and dusty places. If you don’t declutter your house, then chances are, there will be certain parts of your home that will remain unclean for an extended time. This is where different types of bugs will start thriving.
It is essential to organize and declutter such spaces. Use a quality bug killer to eliminate any existing insects. Also, occasionally spray the different parts of your house with the product for a preventative measure.
After all, the last thing you would want is to share your house with harmful insects. Not only are they detrimental to your health, but they may also negatively affect the durability of your furniture and other items.
It helps relieve stress
Stress is an ugly reality that most of us can’t escape. According to the American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of people experience physical symptoms due to stress. Over 33 percent of the American population believes that they are living under high pressure.
People in the rest of the world also experience similar situations. Whether the problem is arising from the pressure at work or inability to foster positive relationships, the fact remains that the mental health of the masses is deteriorating.
Various things help in relieving anxiety, stress, and depression. Something as simple as waking up early morning and going for a walk or eating a healthy breakfast can do wonders for your mental health.
Another thing that helps to calm the brain down is decluttering. Your surrounding has a significant impact on your mental health. Coming home to a cluttered space every day may frustrate you. On the contrary, if you have a well-organized and clutter-free home, you are bound to feel better when you return home after a hectic day at work.
You need quality sleep to ensure that you get through the stressful days ahead. But, this is easier said than done. This is especially true if your house is highly cluttered.
You might be wondering, how can a cluttered space affect you when you are sleeping? After all, once you close your eyes, nothing should matter, right?
Well, let’s say that your brain is quite a powerful and complicated organ. Just because you close your eyes to the mess around you doesn’t mean your mind stops processing it all.
The Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness conducted an analysis regarding the effect of external stimuli (cluttered environment) on deep sleep. The study discovered that even though mental processing of the external surrounding is significantly reduced when a person is asleep, it doesn’t stop completely.
And if you already go to bed, feeling anxious about your cluttered house, your brain will find it harder to “switch-off.” Without deep REM sleep, your mind would not be able to perform the much required complicated decision making as well as memory processing tasks.
On the other hand, when you declutter your room and your house, you are providing a relaxing environment for yourself. When you drift off to deep sleep, there are no external stimuli or worries to keep your brain invested. It can then focus on performing the critical functions required to keep you active and sharp.
If you live in a cluttered and messy house, you are bound to spend a little too much time in finding things. Every time you wish to head out, you will struggle with finding your keys and wallet among all the mess.
When you are looking for the perfect dress for the event, you might discover that you have no idea where it is. And this cues to endless hours of searching for the item.
All in all, living in a cluttered space means you waste a lot of your time in searching for things you need. When you think about it, this is quite an unproductive way to spend your time!
Compared to this, when you have a clutter-free space, you won’t ever have to look for stuff. Instead, you will already know where it all is. This, in turn, will help you save a lot of time. When decluttering, make sure to organize your house while you are at it.
This calls for assigning specific spaces for certain things and then respecting the allotment of areas, even when you are in a hurry. It is not just about getting a clutter-free space. You must also alter your behavior to ensure that the area remains uncluttered.
Take the first step today
Now that you know the importance of having a clutter-free space, it is time to take the first step. Analyze your house. See if there are things that you can let go off. Consider ways to organize your belongings better.
Once you do so, you will realize considerable changes in your lifestyle, behavior, and attitude. But, know that even this is just the first step of living a healthy and stable life. Take care of your mental health by making a regular habit of tidying and organizing your house.
Once you do so, let us know about the positive changes it brings in your life!