Decluttering your surroundings to declutter your mind
Having a clean environment and putting a lot of effort into making your space look nice can do so much for your mental health, it is strongly recommended by therapists.
In fact, some people like to clean up and organise their rooms or house after work right away, even though they are most likely tired after a long day. It is a good way to de-stress and can be pleasant for people once they are finished.
A lack of cleaning can have a direct impact on your mental health. A case study published in “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin” found that women who described their living space as cluttered were more likely to be fatigued and depressed than women who described their homes as restful.
Additionally, a study by Princeton University researchers discovered that clutter could make it difficult to focus on a particular task. When you see a messy table, it becomes more difficult to concentrate, because all you can think about is the mess on the table, which creates a mess in your head mentally.
By cleaning and organising people are able to take control of their environment and create a more relaxing environment that helps them focus better. It also helps to improve a people’s mood due to the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Research shows disorganisation have a snowballing effect on our brains. Our brains like order, and constant visual reminders of disorganisation drains our cognitive resources, which reduces the ability to focus. The visual distraction of clutter increases cognitive overload and can reduce the working memory.
To help you get started, I put together 5 tips for your journey to a less cluttered life:
- Get a binbag and start filling it up with anything you want to throw away. This way, you will get rid of all the rubbish before you move on to other tasks.
- If you want to declutter your wardrobe, divide your clothes into the bin, donate and keep categories. Decide what you want to keep based on whether you have worn it in the last six months.
- Spend about 15 mins in each section, corner or space when cleaning up. You will not feel too tired unlike when you spend an entire hour in one area.
- Keep a journal to organise your thoughts onto paper. Write about what you need to get done and what you completed today. Keep a checklist and make sure you come back to it.
- Avoid giving yourself too many tasks to do at once. Do not multi-task. You may end up procrastinating. Focus on one thing at a time.
Now that you have these tips, you can start from here and move up to reach a decluttered life with a decluttered mind!