Mess affects much more than our bank accounts. That is why, today, we are going to look at why clutter is bad for your health.
Clutter is an ever-present symptom of our modern lives. We are busier than ever but also surrounded by an endless amount of pretty and useful items that stores are determined to make us by.
As a result, we end up with a tonne of items we have no use for, while also clinging on to the items we believe hold our memories.
Here are the top reasons declutter is bad for your health, and why you should start decluttering right now.
It can make you anxious and increase stress
When your house is cluttered, it can make us very anxious. This is because when you look around all you see is a mess on the mess. It gives our brains too much to process.
Have you ever been in search for a specific pair of shoes then opened your wardrobe just to find that you are instantly stressed out by the simple idea of searching through all of your shoes, clothes and other random stuff that has built up over time?
That is the stress clutter can cause, which then turns into ongoing anxiety that never really leaves until the mess does.
Poor health / Health Hazards
This one seems like a given, however, it is very easily overlooked.
When we have a tonne of stuff, it can cause health issues and hazards.
But how? It’s not like its hurting anyone!
It is, you just don’t realise it!
That pile of toys in the bottom of the cupboard that hasn’t been touched in a year.. that is an easy breeding ground for things like mould, dust, ants.
Especially when you have smaller children who absolutely LOVE stashing their food in the most random places (I found a half-eaten biscuit inside my guitar once, sigh!).
On top of that, it increases the chances of tripping and falling when you have clutter.
It gets very overwhelming
Even for those who don’t have struggles such as anxiety, it can be incredibly overwhelming.
We look at our mess and we just don’t know where to start.
Should I clean the toys? Do the laundry? But what about the fridge? I’m sure I saw a rotten apple up the back somewhere.
This is when it is an excellent idea to take a deep breath, step back and start a to-do list of everything that needs to be done. Then, and only then, should you start tackling it.
Lack of focus
Lack of focus is another one that slips under the radar a lot, but it is there even if you don’t see it.
Think about all of those times you start to clean a room, and then get distracted by another mess in another room.
So the first room gets left behind and you start in the new room.
Eventually, you give up on that room and neither room ends up clean and you are exactly where you started!
This has happened to me a lot!
Another reason why to-do lists aren’t such a bad idea.
Shame and isolation
Even though people tell us that it is okay to have an untidy house, this doesn’t change how we feel.
When our homes are a mess we feel a sense of shame and with that shame we unintentionally isolate ourselves.
We stop inviting people over and we make excuses as to why they can’t come in when they come over unannounced.
Does this sound like you? Me too!
There were times in the past when I have refused to let my mother in law in the house because it is a mess, and I wait outside with Luna when she is being picked up.
Can set a bad example for our kids
This one can be a hard truth, especially when we ourselves are still struggling with letting go to material objects.
When we cling on to that high school jacket, it is teaching our children that in order to be happy they need to hoard their items indefinitely.
A good aid in raising a healthy, well-balanced child is by showing them that material objects are not the be-all-end-all of our happiness.
Now I’m not saying that it is bad to have something you love and never want to part with. However, it’s bad to have 100 of these items!
Let’s sort our lives out
No matter how much we convince ourselves that we need to hang on to so many things, the truth is – we don’t.
Our homes, health and bank accounts are suffering and it’s time to focus on what matters!