If your living space is often in a state of clutter and chaos, depression will surely come to you one day. According to a scientific study, messy living space is directly related to psychological stress, worse than conflicts in family relationships.
Let’s take a closer look at how the lack of orderliness affects us and how to keep a clean living space!
The house is messy – the mind is unstable
This is the conclusion of the report “Life in a 21st Century House” by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) after more than 4 years of research on 32 middle-class families.
Surprisingly, no family realizes that their house is really messy and the amount of furniture they have is only average. Families seem to keep everything piled up in every room, baby toys mixed in with books, decorative items next to clothes, household items. Moreover, most of the owners of the houses have a habit of “hoarding” and turning the garage into a warehouse. Up to a quarter of participating families have garages that are overloaded because of the accumulation of countless items “forgotten, love, king is guilty”.
It’s also not surprising that the study also found that women are the first to be affected by clutter. Their stress levels are directly proportional to the level of chaos in the house. Not only women, children also suffer from negative psychological effects when living in messy spaces. Children rarely go out to play because they are too “busy” with toys scattered around them. And this is also a cause of stress.
Many families realize it, but they don’t know where to start cleaning. So the messy house becomes even more chaotic. And from there, the mood of stress, restlessness, even depression increases.
If you feel uncomfortable, try to start cleaning in the house, you will find your mood becomes lighter and more comfortable.
Clean the house, clean the door, clean the soul
Let’s refer to the “tricks” to help you clean the house most effectively
1. Focus on “cleaning one room at a time”
When you start cleaning, pick a room and estimate how long it will take to get it done, then focus on getting the job done instead of “meet it all over.” If you have not finished cleaning this place, the other place will be messy, which will cost you more time and effort. Not to mention looking around the house in a state of “cleaning” will make you even more uncomfortable.
For example, if you want to clean the kitchen, focus on arranging all the kitchen items in an orderly manner, each small cup, cup, and bowl, and don’t forget to clean the items in the refrigerator. Make it a priority to put frequently used items where it is most convenient, and don’t be afraid to give away items you haven’t touched for months or even years. For non-kitchen items, like books, collect them and put them back in place once they’re done.
2. Distinguish “useless garbage” and “priceless items”
During the cleaning period, there will be times when you feel sorry for letting something go. Of course, you can keep your favorite mementos, but it’s also important to distinguish between the things you really treasure and the ones you don’t need.
The way to have a resolution to say goodbye to things is to answer this question: “What is the use of keeping this item?”.
For example, the newspaper/magazine 3 years ago is not much use for your present entertainment, unless collecting specialized magazines is part of your job otherwise feel free to throw it away, give it away or recycle (if you have a clear plan and ability to recycle).
3. Stay away from the warehouse
The warehouse was originally seen as a handy space to store household items. But don’t abuse the warehouse to pile up all the things we don’t need to use and let them get dusty over the years.
Instead of “stocking up” with unused items, like furniture, old clothes, books, boxes, and “useable items,” take them to a second-hand market, donate them, or give them away. liquidation stores.
4. Smart shopping
Shopping is not only fun, but also one of the reasons why the house is more messy, especially when buying unnecessary items, or buying because “on sale”.
Before choosing to buy an item, find out how it works, how long the effective use of that item is. In addition, sell or give away large household items such as sofas, cabinets, decorative items, clothes, etc. before replacing.
Hopefully with the above information, you will know how to keep your family’s living space neat, clean and psychologically more comfortable. Start cleaning from the smallest corners so that you don’t feel “overwhelmed” every time you clean.
Wish you always feel happy and relaxed in your home!