“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
When the living room is more cluttered than a Salvation Army trinket shelf, our abilities to develop healthy mental habits can be negatively affected. If nothing else, the chaos in the home certainly doesn’t help the chaos in our heads. In fact, a messy space actually fuels the depressed and anxious mind.
“A 2010 study published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 individuals discussed their homes. [People] who described their living spaces as ‘cluttered’ or full of ‘unfinished projects’ were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than [people] who described their homes as ‘restful’ and ‘restorative.'” – Psychology Today
A cleaner, more organized and restful environment aids in the clearing of our minds, fights against overwhelming thoughts and feelings, distracts us with activity, helps us to focus, and earns us a valuable sense of accomplishment as the bookshelf sparkles even brighter than a well-deserved Oscar.
So, read the article by Psychology Today (you really should), and then, get your Mr. Clean on. Organize a drawer, a closet, a room, or finally tackle that project you’ve been avoiding. A healthy environment fosters a healthy mind. Take a break from the mess in your head, focus on the mess in your home, and clean up your act.
Though I’m not naturally cleanly, I’ve learned the importance of organization in relation to my mental health, and I’ve come to value its benefits. This is a picture of a system I use. Each day, I focus on a different space in the home. This system makes cleanliness quick, doable, and it abides by my mother’s age-old wisdom, “It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.”
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