Hello, you beautiful ladies out there. I hope you are all doing well! Today we are going to discuss… "Why decluttering Your home can help you overcome negative" emotions.
It may seem insignificant, but a cluttered environment can have a significant impact on your mental health. And no, I'm not joking at all.
You may raise your brows in surprise, yet decluttering your house does make you feel better. Only a few people acknowledge that clutter is a significant issue influencing mental health. At most, people scoff in disbelief. I mean, I know it sounds a little bit unbelievable that decluttering helps negative emotions.
But before you go off, you might want to listen to this. What is the impact of clutter on us?
First, there is evidence that clutter can contribute to depression, which is according to research. Women who lived in cluttered surroundings, for example, were sadder than those who remained in quiet houses, according to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Not only that, but the former group of women also had high cortisol levels, which are your body's stress hormones.
Another study from Princeton University found that clutter can cause people to lose focus. Chaos is associated with negative feelings such as bewilderment, stress, and anger. You'll notice a significant improvement when you reduce clutter. That's because it provides you a sensation of control. Clutter can also cause frustration. I know because when my closets start to get all cluttered because I'm either too busy or lazy to put everything in its place, I start to get all agitated every time I walk in. I keep saying I'll get to it, but days and weeks go by until I finally get in there, clean it out, and put everything where it belongs.
And so, these are various reasons why you should try to declutter your surroundings. To begin with, it benefits not only your mental but also your physical health. According to Nicole Keith, a research scientist and professor at Indiana University, people who live in clean homes are significantly healthier than those who live in cluttered homes.
Decluttering gives a sense of feeling that you are in charge. Especially at times when you're under stress. Organizing or donating stuff you don't even need or use anymore helps with decompressing. Trust me, I know, because it happens to me too. There are times that I've been nervous about something or upset, and I just need to keep my mind busy from the negative emotions I'm feeling, so I start organizing a closet, draws, or maybe a whole room by moving furniture around. I love doing that. That makes me feel so good and, yes, in control. I have managed to control what was bothering me and look at the end result of my work. I feel so invigorated that I accomplished two things. One keeping my mind from going in an array of emotions and two having an organized closet, draw or room that I decided to tackle. This also helped me focus more effectively and reduced distractions.
Not to mention that having a clean home might help you relax and sleep in peace. And, as we all know, more sleep equals a happier and positive mood.
According to a study published in the journal Mindfulness, there was a 27% drop in uneasiness. And a 25% boost in "mental inspiration" to women who organized and decluttered their homes. It may be tiring to manage things, but it relaxes us and takes our mind off things in some sort of way. Decluttering in some indirect way gives you some "me" time.
And so, how can you include decluttering into your daily routine?
It's all about modest measures that add up to a big difference. So, rather than doing everything at once and becoming overwhelmed, take it one step at a time. You should schedule a time when you want to take on one of those spaces.
Start discarding things that are no longer useful. Don't hoard stuff you don't like and need. I've done that so many times, especially with my attire. There have been clothes or shoes that I would wear once and then never wear again because I never liked the way it looked or the shoes were too big or too high.
So pick a day and start decluttering. Put them in a box and donate them to people who might need them. It feels so good when you're able to give back in some way. You can do this while listening to music to make the process more fun and make you want to dance.
Well, that's it for this week's blog! Thank you so much for reading and taking the time out for yourself. Stay tuned for next week's blog. May you bless with an abundance of health, happiness, and success.