03 Jan How Clutter Can Affect Your Mental Health
Clutter and Your Mental Health
Do you feel overwhelmed or depressed when your house is messy and disorganized? If so, you’re not alone. According to mental health experts, clutter can lead to higher stress levels, relationship issues, trouble focusing, and a diminished quality of life. So, putting forth the effort to clear clutter from your home could help you become happier and healthier. On the other hand, decluttering can be a daunting task, and if it feels too overwhelming, you might put it off indefinitely. Never fear! We’ve put together a few simple ideas to help you take control of your physical and mental space.
Take Care of the Kitchen
It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. If your kitchen is about to burst from all the stuff crammed in it, that’s not a good sign for your heart — literally. Clutter and disorganization can increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol, leading to chronic stress, so make sure your kitchen is as clutter-free as it can be.
Take a good look around the room. Are small appliances crowding the countertops? Maybe cereal boxes are piled on the table, or bags of onions and potatoes are stashed on top of the refrigerator. Find a place in your pantry or cabinets to store all of these things. If you need additional storage space, let the professionals at Closets by Design put together the perfect custom pantry for your needs. Our adjustable shelves allow you to store appliances and cereal boxes of varying sizes, and features like bins, pull-out shelves, dividers, and drawers provide ample space for other dry ingredients, canned goods or fresh produce. You’ll love the way your kitchen feels when you have an organized pantry and can clear the clutter from your countertops!
Clean Your Desk
Whether you’re working from home, studying for an exam, or simply paying monthly bills, it’s important to have a clean workspace. As reported by the Mayo Clinic, “a cluttered environment can make your brain less effective at processing information — and more prone to frustration.” Having an organized desk can help you work more efficiently.
Begin cleaning your desk by sorting through any piled-up mail or papers. Throw out junk mail immediately and make files for the paperwork you need to keep. Stash office supplies (like pens, paper clips, and scissors) in decorative cups or jars. When you’re ready to take your home office to the next level of productivity, check out the stylish offerings on the Closets by Design website. Our custom desks, combined with cabinets and shelving, will transform your existing workspace into the ultimate home office.
Organize Your Closet
Have you ever gotten into an argument with your partner or roommate because one person is messier than the other or someone’s stuff is taking up too much room? If so, you know that clutter can cause relationship issues, sometimes serious ones. Perhaps more than any other space, the bedroom closet is frequently at the center of the conflict. But you don’t have to let a little clutter spoil an otherwise good relationship.
Begin work on your closet by getting rid of clothing the two of you don’t wear on a regular basis. Throw away, donate, or sell any items that are worn out, don’t fit, or you no longer need. Store clothes that are out of season in plastic bins under the bed or in another room. Use all available space as you begin to put clothes back in the closet. Better still — consult with the experts from Closets by Design. We can maximize every inch of space in your closet by adding adjustable shelving, slanted shoe shelves, a sliding belt rack, cubbies, jewelry drawers, or other features required for your specific needs. Whether you have a walk-in or reach-in closet, we’ll help you utilize its full potential.
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Since 1982, Closets by Design has been helping customers improve their living spaces by offering high-quality products and exceptional service at a great value. We can’t promise that our products will improve your mental health, but they can help you reduce clutter in your home. Click here to learn more about all of our stylish and functional designs or to schedule a free in-home consultation.