Why Decluttering Your Space Can Improve Your Health
Decluttering your space starts with analyzing the problem. Have you ever just looked around the room and wondered where the clutter came from? Maybe it’s a result of visitors, or perhaps a lack of time has been getting the best of you. It is not always easy to decide where, or how clutter happens, but it happens despite our best intentions.
Often, clutter is symbolic of our emotional state. Think about the things in your space, and what they say about you. Is holding onto certain things offering you a sense of security?My home is typically very organized, but there are times or mementos that I keep unnecessarily. I may keep boxes to gadgets far too long because that ensures I can return them if they break.I have one memento that I simply cannot part with, my son’s clothes. He is now six-years-old, and I have kept everything he has ever worn. Typically, I am so quick to donate or discard other things, but his clothes I simply cannot part with. I intended on reusing them for our second son, but he passed away after only nine days. Keeping them for no reason offers me a sense of security.Keeping clutter in your space can impact your health in a variety of ways. Not only does it impair your mental state, but it can also decrease your physical health.
Your mental health may be a direct result of never feeling like your tasks are done, or you may become paranoid about how your clutter is perceived. Also, subconsciously, your clutter may be blocking you from experiencing (or purchasing) anything new. I am never letting go of what could have been by storing clothing I’ll never use again.It isn’t easy to let go of these things that make us feel safe. We live in a chaotic world full of danger and rejection. How else can we overcome the disappointments life throws at us? Decluttering your space can help you compartmentalize your fears, disappointments, and things that may be holding you back.Not only does clutter impact your ability to move on, but it also robs you the ability to focus on the present. When you live in a cluttered area, you are limiting yourself. The multiple stimuli caused by clutter creates an overload effect on your brain. Clutter creates an atmosphere that is constantly competing for your focus and eventually wears you down.Feng shui principles suggest clutter represents trapped energy. You can release negative emotions once you clear the clutter.
Decluttering your space can increase your physical health by eliminating germs or allergens, as well as stress. A cluttered space promotes the accumulation of germs and allergens. Dust mites stick to a plethora of ‘things’ your space holds.Declutter your space so you can clean better. This helps to eliminate those annoying dog hairs and other allergens that may be lurking in the corners. A bunch of clutter also poses a fire hazard.Living in a cluttered space will cause you added stress because you won’t be able to operate efficiently. Decluttering your space will allow you to be able to find items, and you won’t be tripping over boxes or old magazines when you are doing everyday tasks. Another bonus is that everything will be exactly where you put it and ready when you need it.Consider a scenario where you want to bake cupcakes for your best friend’s wedding shower. You know you have all the supplies, especially because you bought cupcake liners, sprinkles, and storage containers last season when they were on sale. Because you live in a cluttered space, you can’t find them. Instead of using items you already have, you venture to the store and rebuy them.Now you’ve wasted time and money. Plus, disappointment sets in because you bought those items specifically for her wedding shower. Getting stressed out like this is overwhelming, and impacts your physical health. Putting excessive wear-and-tear on your body, especially if this is a common occurrence. Prolonged stress can lead to irritability, anxiety, depression, headaches, and insomnia.Free your mind by decluttering your space. A cluttered space can make you feel like you are suffocating. It is also a constant reminder of work that needs to be finished. Decluttering your space can improve your health by letting go of the past, regaining focus, eliminating added allergens, and de-stressing. All of which leads to a more efficient and purposeful life.SaveSave