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The health benefits of decluttering are extraordinary.
How does improving your state of mind in numerous ways,
de-stressing and more sound?  Read on….


Health benefits of decluttering


Cluttered, chaotic, disorderly spaces have major effects on seniors’ minds.  We don’t realize how this can affect our emotional well-being. 

We certainly don’t need added stress when we live in South Africa.  Decluttering really does improve one’s mood and state of mind in several ways. 

Disorganisation can also impact productivity and generally makes household tasks pretty difficult.  Clutter is also considered a safety hazard, especially when there are wires or items on the floor which someone can trip over.  Piles of “stuff” on the floor are an absolute magnet for dust or bugs.  In addition, clutter is often a source of tension between people living in the same home, and can impact on your social life when you are too embarrassed to invite people into your home.

A Professor of Management at the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, Professor Catherine Roster, has studied the effect that clutter has on our psychological well-being.  She says:  “It gives people a renewed sense of control over their environment.  When people go through the process of decluttering, they feel a sense of freedom and liberation. It’s a reclaiming of a sense of mastery and control. They feel more competent and efficient.”

And what better time to declutter your home once your children have flown the nest.  You have probably accumulated loads of “stuff” while the children were growing up.  Now is the time to transform your home!  Reclaim the space while you have the home to yourself, and the time and the space to do so.  The only obstacle is to get over the procrastination and find the inclination!

Reading about these decluttering health benefits could encourage you to find the elusive inclination:


Be rid of anxiety and depression

Research from the University of California demonstrates that clutter can produce high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  In turn, this can cause anxiety and depression.  So the quicker you get the decluttering done, the quicker your anxiety and depression will improve.

Want to sleep better?

Research from St Lawrence University reveals that a cluttered bedroom can result in poor sleep due to stress and depression.  The clutter can interrupt your sleeping patterns and fill your mind at night with uneasy thoughts.  Free your bedroom from this chaotic clutter in order to get a good night’s rest. 

Allergies – be gone!

Regular cleaning, dusting and decluttering will assist in eliminating the places where allergens gather – think pet dander (tiny, microscopic, flecks of skin shed by pets with fur or feathers – this can cause reaction in people who are allergic to triggers such as this).  And think mould, which emanates from poor ventilation due to clutter).  Decluttering and organisation will improve indoor ventilation and help to get rid of allergens.

Moving is good for you

Let’s face it, decluttering is very tiring, but it can be tackled in small bites.  Did you know that just dusting can burn up to 174 calories in an hour!   Consider this an excellent form of exercise – nothing wrong with that!

Decluttering has great side-effects

Getting rid of “stuff”, becoming organized, putting things away and tidying up brings about a great sense of order, boosts productivity and improves your mood.  All of this does wonders for your self-care, mental and emotional well-being.   Concentration levels increase without all the clutter around, and you are sure to get a boost of creativity without all the distraction of clutter around you.  Sounds good to me!

Now you can see that decluttering is more than just a trend.  There are some wonderful health benefits to be had that you might not necessarily have thought about. 


Have you decluttered your home in the recent past? 

Do share your experiences in the comments section below.


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