CLEAN YOUR ROOM. These are the nagging words uttered by every mom. You probably rolled your eyes as you answered her—but hopefully not in her eyesight.
These old memories may not inspire great nostalgia; however, our moms have a valid point. Psychology Today verifies that living and working in a tidy space significantly decreases stress in your mind and body.
How can a little clutter in your life prevent you from feeling tranquil?
Psychologist, Sherrie Bourg Carter, states that “clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”
Clutter can also:
- Cause tension by making the person feel that he/she should be embarrassed
- Distract your mind from thinking about worthwhile thoughts
- Prevent easy access to your needed items (the ever-frustrating search for your cell phone).
As steadfast as you may be in your proclamation that you are unaffected by the “mess,” let’s be real, everyone feels better in a clean and tidy room. Your senses don’t have to battle against extra environmental stimuli (and no more frustrating searches for your cell phone).
It could be that you simply abhor the cleaning process. If you have more than one place to de-clutter and or tidy up, I strongly recommend tackling it all on different days to avoid putting it off and feeling overwhelmed. HGTV offers some great advice on how to effectively organize your space.
Once your work space or living area is de-cluttered and organized, ensure that you restore items to their intended places, otherwise the mess will grow and take on a life of its own.
Living and working in a clean and organized place will make you feel more happier and in control of your life. Organization is an easy and quick way to find serenity in your life.