There’s a mounting pile of research indicating that keeping a tidy and orderly environment is conducive to good health.
- Researchers at Indiana University discovered that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses.
- Clutter makes it more difficult to focus on a particular task, according to a Princeton University study.
- Women with cluttered homes had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with lower immunity, reduced libido, higher blood sugar levels, fat deposits, and carbohydrate cravings. Women with messy homes are also more likely to be depressed and fatigued.
Clearly, we’ve got the proof. The problem is, what do we do with it, especially if organization is not our strong suit? Here are a few simple tips to keep you centered and serene:
Pick one spot.
It’s overwhelming to tackle your entire house, so don’t! Focus on one specific area. If you’re often in the kitchen, for example, try to unclutter the area around your sink. Are kitchen appliances you rarely use hogging valuable space? It’s time to stow away that soda maker or blender. Is the kitchen window cramped with old birthday cards and knicknacks? Tuck away cards and keepsakes in a special drawer. Even small improvements can make a big difference, giving you a sense of accomplishment and serenity that may fuel your next project.
Who said you had to be the director of the show? For the organization-impaired, borrowing ideas from the experts is a brilliant way to get inspired and develop a plan of action. Search places like Pinterest, Houzz and YouTube for clever storage solutions and savvy, feng shui designs to get your creative juices flowing.
If you can’t bear to part from clutter or are sentimentally attached to it, don’t be too hard on yourself. The key to your serenity is enlisting an objective friend or family member. With a little help, you might find purging a bit easier and less overwhelming so you can make room for the things you can’t live without—like those funny birthday cards!
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