The Mental Benefits of Decluttering: Why You Should Start Now

ES_Jan_Link_DeclutterBenefitsDecluttering your home can have a great effect on your life. You’ll be able to find and access your items much more quickly and with little hassle. But more importantly, organizing your house has been shown to have an effect on your mental health and well-being. Here are some other benefits:

  1. You’ll concentrate better.

A study at Princeton University proved that those in an organized environment perform better.  Your brain is distracted when surrounded by clutter; you begin to split your time between focusing on the task at hand and focusing on the items in your vicinity. Clutter attacks your brain in the same way that trying to multitask does – it makes it very difficult to finish anything and creates more stress.

  1. You’ll be less stressed.

You can cause yourself a lot of stress by trying to focus on work in a cluttered environment. A study by UCLA showed that mothers’ stress levels increased when they were dealing with their belongings. A messy home creates a messy life, which makes everything harder for you. Organize everything and you’ll immediately begin to feel better.

  1. You’ll be happier.

When you start to notice a difference in the organization of your life, you’ll also start to notice a difference in your personality. A person dealing with less stress will be happier, and friends, family, co-workers, and even strangers will start to notice. Hazel Thornton, owner of Organized for Life consulting service, says, “There’s no one who calls me who isn’t stressed out, frustrated, or feeling inadequate, incompetent in their job, or guilty. It’s all about emotions — definitely it’s more about emotions than it is about the stuff.”

  1. You’ll save money.

Has there ever been a time when, instead of looking for something you needed, you went out and bought a new version? When your home is cluttered and messy, this happens a lot. Instead of wasting your cash, find a place for everything you need. In fact, if you go through your home and make a list of things you don’t need but are in good condition, you could actually MAKE money by selling them online.

  1. You’ll be more creative.

An organized work space can help creativity thrive. For those who work in an environment related to art, writing, music, or any out-of-the-box problem solving, having an organized house to go home to can actually make you better at your job. Feel comfortable in your home, and you can create a blank space in your mind to come up with your next big idea.

Need help getting started? Check out our Declutter Guide!