Clutter, Not Just Junk: A Silent, Slow Killer

“That little piece of junk won’t kill me; I’ll dump it later…”. That’s what most of us tend to say when we’re too tired (or lazy) to get out of our cozy sofa to clean our messy room. While many of us have started the year determined to be more organized (no more drawers full of plastic containers with missing lids, or lone socks), others may be less bothered with this. However, regardless of your personality, clutter can really affect you in many different ways and can turn out to be a real silent, slow killer.

Bursting cupboards and piles of paper stacked around the house may seem harmless enough. But our surroundings can have a bigger influence on our mental health than we think. Research shows disorganization and clutter have a cumulative effect on our brains, relationships, and health in general. That’s why you should put some extra effort into maintaining your home daily. There’s no doubt, messiness is definitely bad for you and can affect you on different levels.  Let’s check out how it can slowly destroy your career, creativity, family, relationships, and yourself.

Hinders Your Career

If you’re used to living in a messy home, you’ll probably transfer these habits to your workspace as well. This can send wrong signals to your supervisor, and can even lead to you getting passed over for a promotion. Messiness can also negatively affect a person’s ability to focus and consequently thwart their performance. Researchers state that distractions in a person’s environment can impede their brain’s function and productivity.

Drains Your Wallet

Broke businessman showing brown leather empty wallet. Business concept- finance and poor economy.

Yes, you’ve read that right! It may seem to be unrelated at first sight, but there’s a strong connection between living in a cluttered home and developing bad spending habits. If you’re used to being surrounded by nick-nacks, you will probably continue buying such worthless objects and ultimately won’t be able to break the vicious circle of constant messiness.

Destroys Your Relationships

Living in a messy household can put a strain on your relationships with other household members because people tend to be more agitated when surrounded by clutter. So, instead of letting your dirty home upset your partner and derail your marriage, start decluttering today! If you can’t manage it on your own, think about including your whole family in the process or contacting the pros. They are always the safest option.

Influences Your Appetite

Many studies argue that stress is directly correlated with weight gain. This often happens because our brain uses food as a coping mechanism. If your body is under stress, your appetite will likely increase, while your metabolism will slow down.

Affects Your Breathing Problems

If your home is crammed with stuff, it will be more challenging to perform your daily and weekly tasks properly. Instead, you’ll end up with dust, animal dander, and other similar allergens that can trigger respiratory infections and allergy attacks.

Increases Your Stress Level

You may not notice it, but your environment has a strong impact on your mood and feelings. For example, it’s been proven that a crowded house can lead to increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and make you feel sad for no apparent reason.

Clearing clutter from the home and work environment can have countless benefits and can even result in increased productivity and a better ability to focus and process information. Unfortunately, if you have to juggle between numerous obligations at work and your household chores or you’re reaching your golden age, this may seem like an impossible mission. Luckily, Families In Need/Caring Transitions of South Florida is here to answer all your troubles and handle all your stress in your stead. The seasoned cleaning technicians will be ready to meet your cleaning needs and contribute to a healthy home environment.


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