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Tidy House, Tidy Mind – How Clutter can Mess with Your Mental Health

With today’s busy schedules, keeping on top of your clutter may be way down your list of priorities, but, as the Huffington Post report,

“the cumulative effect of a cluttered living space can actually be detrimental to your mental and physical health, making you feel stressed, overwhelmedanxious and guilty

But how can “stuff” have such a negative affect on how we feel?

The Impact

Clutter can have a significant impact on your mental health, mainly stress, anxiety, depression, and poor sleep. Let’s look at this in more detail.

Stress

Clutter can be stressful because it can make you feel overwhelmed and out of control.

When there are too many things around you they compete with your attention, so it can be difficult to focus on any one thing and can create a feeling of chaos. According to a study by UCLA, there is a link between high density household objects and a raise in cortisol. the primary stress hormone.

Such cluttered spaces increase our cognitive load, as they indicate the need for future action such as cleaning, throwing items away, or boxing up for storage.  This mental weight increases stress levels.

Anxiety

Clutter can also cause anxiety, as it can create a sense of unease or worry about your living or work space. Psychology Today,  report,

“Clutter makes it more difficult to relax…[and] makes us anxious because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile”

If you feel like your environment is disorganised or cluttered, it can be difficult to feel at ease, leading to increased feelings of anxiety.

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Depression

Living in a cluttered environment can also contribute to feelings of depression. In a cluttered space it can be difficult to find the motivation or energy to tackle the mess. Over time, this can lead to a sense of hopelessness, despair, guilt, and/or shame, which can contribute to depression.

Poor Sleep

As Good Housekeeping https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/health/health-advice/a555341/messy-bedrooms-can-worsen-sleep-advice/ state, our sleeping spaces should be a place of relaxation. When there are too many things in your bedroom, it can be difficult to relax and wind down at the end of the day. This can make it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get restful sleep, which can impact your mental health over time.

Taking steps to declutter your environment can help you feel more organised, relaxed, and in control, which can have a positive impact on your mental health.

Boylin’s Self Store for Clutter-Free Living Solutions

Boylin’s Self Store provides safe storage spaces, where you can keep things that are hard to part with (e.g., family heirlooms), or are large and only useful once a month (e.g., gardening equipment) without having to live with the day-to-day clutter.

Our containers are competitively priced, from just £25 per week for a 150 sq ft storage container.

Why not clear out that clutter and invest in your mental health? Contact Boylin’s Self Store today!

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