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Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind: 5 Ways Your Cluttered Space May be Affecting Your Emotional Well-Being

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Let’s face it. Our lives are busy, and time to relax is at a premium. Our homes are our sanctuaries, or at least they should be. But what about when your sanctuary is cluttered, disorganized, and no longer feels like a safe, relaxing space? 

Living in a disorganized, cluttered home can affect mental and physical health in ways you may not realize.

Below we've listed 5 ways your home may affect your emotional well-being. 

1. Organization Decreases Sensory Overload

While some people are more prone to sensory overload than others, most of us have experienced sensory overload at least once, whether from the noise in an overcrowded restaurant or the intense smell of too-strong perfume or cologne.

Sensory overload creates feelings of anger, anxiety, overwhelm, and frustration. It can affect your ability to focus and cause restlessness and even insomnia. 

Visual overload happens when there are too many visual stimuli in the environment for your brain to process and it can affect your mental well-being over time.

You can often relieve sensory overload quickly, by leaving the restaurant or moving away from the source of the strong smell but when your home is cluttered, your brain will be in overdrive trying to process all of the visual stimuli without a break.

2. Clutter Affects Your Ability to Focus

Living or working in a disorganized space will affect your ability to concentrate and focus. You've likely heard the saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” And there’s a good reason this saying exists.

When your space is organized, you can easily find what you are looking for. You don’t need to waste time or become frustrated because you can’t find that bill you just remembered needs to be paid or your car keys when you’re running late for an appointment. 

Though these things may seem trivial, if you’re constantly frustrated by expending extra time and energy to find things, you are putting your body and mind under unnecessary stress. 

3. More Time is Needed to Clean

How many hours a week do you spend cleaning the house? Two hours? Four? Eight? What if we told you you could reduce that time by up to 40% just by having an organized, decluttered space? The National Soap and Detergent Association shared that decluttering can eliminate 40 percent of housework.

I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love to get back almost half of the time they spend cleaning to use for something they actually love to do!

4. Organizing for Relaxation

Living in a messy home affects your ability to wind down and relax at the end of the day. When all your body and mind need is rest but you are overstimulated by the clutter and constantly stressed about tidying up, you will be unable to give your body the rest it needs.

Studies have shown sleeping in cluttered rooms can negatively affect your quality of sleep and cluttered kitchens can influence snacking habits and increase your likelihood of choosing junk food over healthy foods. 

5. Clutter Creates Isolation

Humans are social creatures. We need to connect and spend time with others for our mental well-being, but a cluttered and disorganized home may be keeping you from the meaningful connections and relationships you need. 

Imagine having a tidy, organized space that you are proud to invite friends over to. Think about the time you could spend connecting with a friend instead without worrying about the clutter you quickly shoved into the closet before they arrived.

Living in a cluttered home increases stress, creates anxiety, and poor sleep and eating habits, eats up more of your precious time trying to locate lost items, and trying to keep your home clean, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Don’t know where to start? Let us help you declutter your home, and declutter your mind.

As professional home organizers, we can help you turn your cluttered anxiety-inducing home into the calm, relaxing sanctuary you deserve. Contact us today for a free phone consultation and let us bring harmony to your home.  

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