Friday, June 26, 2015
Things in our environment can either be a help or a challenge. Organization, cleanliness and order all promote peace and health.
Clutter, messes, and a lack of organization in our home can serve as stressors, or may even be a symptom of stress.
Clutter costs! For example, surveys indicate that people with cluttered desks and offices are less likely to get promoted.1 Clutter also promotes disorder and stress in our minds, resulting in less time and energy for other tasks.
Think about it, even five minutes a day dealing with clutter adds up to over 30 hours a year of wasted time. Clutter can also result in safety hazards, such as tripping over items on the ground; it can create mold growth in damp, moist areas, and lead to dust build up in unclean areas. It can be hazardous to children who might get a hold of something in the clutter that is dangerous.
Sometimes clutter can hurt relationships or cause hard feelings among those who resent dealing with the messes others make. Clutter can impact our social lives, too, which is very important to our well-being.
We might feel that the house is not clean enough to have loved ones over and, therefore, we miss out on the enrichment that socializing with those we love brings.
Clutter can contribute to depression and bad behavior. Clutter and disorganization drain energy. Take a moment to notice how you feel next time you walk into a room that is disorganized and messy, and then notice how you feel when you walk into a room that is neat, clean and inviting.