For some, living in a messy state is highly tolerable. For others, it is a frustrating, anxiety-producing nightmare of a situation. As a psychologist I am an advocate of an uncluttered mind, and having an uncluttered home can help get you there.
We all have different reactions to clutter. Some love a sparse, well-organised interior whilst others appreciate the texture that life’s detritus gives to a home.
But we aren’t discussing the various pros and cons of a minimalist versus maximalist décor here. What we are really talking about are the behaviours around clutter and how clutter affects our thinking and clarity, decision making, and overall sense of calm and wellbeing.
Research shows that people who regularly declutter or who maintain an organised home and work space are more likely to be punctual, less likely to be stressed, and generally have better working memories. Those are some pretty great reasons to keep your house (mostly) free of clutter – and your desk/work space too.
But like everything, decluttering your home is easier said than done. So how do we get to a level of organisation without feeling totally daunted by the task? Follow these tips for reducing clutter in your home environment.