I found a great article on Psychology Today that highlights (with science!) some of the ways that keeping a clutter-free home is good for both your mental and physical health! Enjoy this handful of science-based reasons to keep working on creating the organized, joyful, tidy home of your dreams!
On to the motivation, Batman!
" A study led by associate professor NiCole R. Keith, Ph.D., research scientist and professor at Indiana University, found that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. Keith and her colleagues tracked the physical health of 998 African Americans between the ages of 49 and 65, a demographic known to be at an increased risk for heart disease. Participants who kept their homes clean were healthier and more active than those who didn’t. In fact, house cleanliness was even more of a predictor for physical health than neighborhood walkability.
A 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 individuals discussed their homes. Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also found that women with cluttered homes expressed higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
In 2011, researchers at Princeton University found that clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task. Specifically, they found that the visual cortex can be overwhelmed by task-irrelevant objects, making it harder to allocate attention and complete tasks efficiently.
A survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds every morning are 19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s sleep. People who were surveyed also reported benefits from having clean sheets — specifically, 75 percent of people said they get a better night’s rest when their sheets are freshly cleaned because they feel more comfortable."
-- Ralph Rayback M.D., Phychology Today
I personally really identify with the 2011 Princeton study; I can't focus on a singular task if my house is a disaster for the life of me. If I've got a big project that I really need to finish, the first thing I always do is clean my room! Having an clean and organized space not only makes it easier to access all of the things that I need to perform a task, but it also seems to quiet my brain so I can actually focus on what is in front of me. It absolutely reduces my level of stress, and keeps me from looking up from my work every five minutes to contemplate some other project that needs doing/finishing.
And remember, if it really *truly* brings you joy, it is not clutter! Strive to make a space that supports you, the real you, not merely to compete with pintrest boards and instagram flat lays. If you need help honing in on what truly brings you joy, let us come give you a hand!