When external clutter reflects internal chaos
There is something strangely soothing about tidying up our home when we are stressed. It is not by listening to music lying on the floor, but rather by tidying up our environment that we find inner balance. In fact, tidying and cleaning our home can have a positive impact on our emotional well-being.
Shaking out a carpet, putting away drawers, running a rag, listening to the water run off the mop, checking our furniture for dust… The whole process seems to bring a sometimes inexplicable pleasure. It can happen suddenly, when we don't expect it, but it is really a way to restore the balance between our environment and our state of mind.
The power of cleanliness on our emotional well-being
When we are overwhelmed, our stress can be amplified by the clutter outside. On the other hand, by cleaning and organizing our environment, we can feel emotional relief and improve our overall well-being. But does putting our stuff in a closet really have an effect on our emotional health? Let's take a look at what the science has to say about this.
Research on the relationship between cleanliness and emotional well-being is a growing topic of interest in psychology and mental health. Studies show that people who live in clean, organized spaces are more likely to feel happy and less stressed.
Visual clutter: a source of distraction
Scientists, especially neuroscientists, explain that the calming effect of cleaning is due to the reduction of visual distractions. Indeed, clutter is a form of visual distraction that increases cognitive load and can reduce working memory
A study conducted by researchers at the Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) at the University of California (UCLA) explored the relationship between 32 families and the thousands of objects in their homes. The results showed that clutter had a significant impact on participants' mood and self-esteem.
More creativity and better sleep through cleanliness
Cleanliness can increase self-esteem, create healthy habits and boost productivity. A clean and tidy environment can also improve sleep, mood and promote relaxation. However, it is important to note that some research has also shown that messy environments can stimulate creativity and new ideas.
Finding the right balance between order and disorder can be a challenge, and there is no single formula for achieving harmony with the environment we live in. It really depends on one's priorities.
The benefits of cleanliness on our health
In addition to its effects on our emotional well-being, cleanliness can also have positive impacts on our physical health. It can prevent dust mite infestations and reduce the presence of dust, mold and mildew, preventing or at least reducing asthma and allergy problems.
In conclusion, tidying and cleaning our home can offer many benefits to our emotional well-being and overall health. So, the next time you feel the need to clean, don't hesitate to engage in this activity that may well bring you serenity and inner balance.