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Five Ways Decluttering Can Improve Your Health

Is it time to go through your belongings and see where you can create some space? Find out how decluttering can improve your overall health and well-being now!

July 15, 2019 | HF Healthy Living Team

It can be all too easy to let drawers fill with junk or to watch old clothes pile up in the closet. But did you know that a cluttered space can actually affect your health and well-being?

If you’ve ever felt a wave of relief after clearing out a stuffed space, you’ve already experienced some of the joy that follows decluttering. Why not aim to improve your health while opening up the possibility of finding some lost treasures along the way? Whether it’s loose change or a sentimental item, as a bonus you’re sure to find something you’ve been missing.

Click the photos below to find out how decluttering can actually benefit your health!

It Can Improve Your Focus

It Can Improve Your Focus

 

It Can Improve Your Focus

If you live in a cluttered environment, disorder can throw off your ability to focus, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. The mess puts a damper on how well you process information as well. Try to clean out your home and work environment to eliminate clutter wherever possible so you can thrive creatively and professionally.

 

Clean Easier and Stress Less

Clean Easier and Stress Less

 

Clean Easier and Stress Less

A less cluttered space can make it easier to clean, helping to prevent problems with bugs or rodents. A clean space without dust and pet dander can also help reduce allergens and can lower stress and anxiety. An organized home can lead to less chaos for the mind, according to Psychology Today.

 

Energize and Get Moving

Energize and Get Moving

 

Energize and Get Moving

When you start to declutter, you’re likely to discover some energy to then check off other things on your to-do list. Clearing space can help you get in some exercise, too. Whether you’re lifting boxes, cleaning, or even mentally clearing your mind, you’ll feel better.

 

It Can Improve Your Sleep

It Can Improve Your Sleep

 

It Can Improve Your Sleep

Did you know that there’s emerging research which suggest that there are links between insomnia and hoarding? A possible connection to hoarding and sleep issues can be due to a lack of good decision making. If you’re stressed about your home environment, your sleep is more likely to be interrupted. Find out more about how to get a good night’s sleep here.

 

It Can Reduce Financial Pressures

It Can Reduce
Financial Pressures

 

It Can Reduce Financial Pressures

Are you prone to impulse buying? Decluttering can help you think more clearly about what you bring into your space. To keep track of your financial and declutter goals, try to make a list of everything you bring home and how much you spend weekly. Check out some other money-saving health tips here.

 
 

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Sources
“Cleaning and Clutter,” Department of Health. Accessed June 25, 2019.
https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/healthy_homes/clutter.htm

“Effectiveness of a ‘Workshop on Decluttering …” National Institutes of Health. June 10, 2017.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5541631

“An Initial Investigation of the Relationship Between Insomnia…” Wiley Online. March 2015.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jclp.22161

“Interactions of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms,” National Institutes of Health. January 12, 2011.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21228167

“What Your Clutter is Trying to Tell You,” Psychology Today. January 25, 2011.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prescriptions-life/201101/what-your-clutter-big-or-small-is-trying-tell-you

“No Place like Home: Home Tours Correlate with Daily Patterns…” Sage Journals. November 23, 2009.
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167209352864

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