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How A Messy House Can Affect Your Mental Wellbeing

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You may well remember the episode of Friends where Chandler discovers that his clean-freak wife Monica is secretly messy, hiding all her untidiness behind a secret locked closet door. Having a clean house was, in fact, the key to Monica’s happiness and mental wellbeing.

Fast forward to a more modern media example in Queer Eye, and you’ll often see an unkempt, poorly maintained house attached to a subject struggling with some level of anxiety, depression or confidence issues – which the makeover usually goes a long way to help.

It’s true that a decluttered house means a decluttered mind, and vice versa, so how does a messy house affect your mental health, and what can you be doing to help yourself?

How a Messy House Can Affect Your Mental Wellbeing

The Negatives Associated With Mess

Plenty of research has gone into the effects of an untidy home. The conclusion? If you have a messy place, chances are it’s making you significantly less happy.

For the majority of us, clutter around the home is a key dictator of our mood, with 90% of Brits negatively affected by jumble around the home. It also hampers our social lives, with many people unwilling to host their friends without having the house at its cleanest.

No doubt familiar to us all, mess also causes frequent arguments between domestic partners around household chores, meaning we’re potentially damaging our most important relationships for the sake of a bit of litter. So, next time the bins need taking out, take them out!

The Benefits Of Cleaning

As well as reversing all of the above for the better, the physical practice of cleaning offers some great benefits. If you’re putting some elbow grease in, cleaning the house can be quite strenuous, with individual tasks like vacuuming and gardening burning hundreds of calories an hour. This exercise releases endorphins, our happy hormones, into the body.

The sense of satisfaction that comes with creating a clean home cannot be underestimated, and the state of one’s house is often a reflection of mindset. Productivity breeds productivity, with those living in a tidy space more likely to get things done. Clutter can prove a visual distraction, so getting it out of your life can mean you can focus on more important things.

What Might Help?

Unless you have a bit of Monica in you, cleaning isn’t the most fun thing in the world, so its important to think about ways to help you get things done. Here’s how you can help yourself:

  • A regular schedule: They say the more clutter builds up, the less motivated you will become to sort it out. Plus, the idea of taking on a daunting set of household chores all in one go is enough to scare you off for good. Take the little and often approach and create yourself a schedule. Not only will you get your regular dose of endorphins but building structure in your life is a great way to increase general productivity.
  • Good furniture: We all have too much stuff, sometimes it’s just a case of finding a place to put it. There’s no shame in hiding things away under the bed or in a cupboard, in fact investing in some tasteful storage solutions will both solve the issue and enhance the look of your home. For example, a quality large wooden wardrobe can hide many sins and will go a long way to boosting your mental wellbeing as well.
  • Retail therapy: As well as investing in some new furniture, make some purchases that get you excited about cleaning. Whether it’s premium cleaning products, some fancy miracle sponge or new scented candles, spending a little bit of cash can make cleaning seem like more of a hobby than a chore.

We’re gradually understanding more and more about mental health in society, and it’s becoming abundantly clear that good mental wellbeing is essential to leading a high-quality life. Happiness starts with the home, so make sure you’re living your best life and keeping a tidy house, as well as a tidy mind.





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  • Reply
    Newcastle FamilyLife
    April 18, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I totally agree with this, my house is a bit upside down and messy at the moment due to decorating and it is driving me crazy. I feel so much better when things are clean, tidy and clutter free x

    • Reply
      Mrs H
      April 19, 2019 at 7:02 pm

      My head is all over the place when our house is a mess. Thanks for your lovely comment. And I hope you get your house in order soon. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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