|As I’m writing this article, one out-of-place object catches my peripheral vision. I stand up, pick it up, and go back to writing. And then, looking around for inspiration, I see another stuff strewn on the floor – I pick it up again and that’s basically my work-life story.
According to a study at the University of California in Irvine, a person will take about 23 minutes and 15 seconds, to be exact, to be able to fully concentrate on the task again after every interruption. Seems like a waste of time if you think about all the distractions while you’re working, don’t you think?
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In a nutshell, a messy house is an indication of a messy mental state. A dirty house means a person has a haphazard way of thinking which means stress, depression, and idleness are present.
So why does a trivial mess contribute so much stress in our lives? Here are some of the reasons:
• When there’s clutter, our senses get into high gear. Instead of just focusing on one stimulus, there are other stimuli which are vying for mental attention such as visual, olfactory, auditory, and tactile.
• Cable-like nerve fibers called “optic nerve” send a visual image from the eyes to the brain. So when our eyes see clutter, our brain will be left with the impression that there’s still some cleaning to do which leaves us feeling restless.
• Clutter makes us feel less accomplished and embarrassed especially if we compare our disorganized house to other cleaner houses.
• If we constantly see stuff scattered everywhere, it inhibits us from relaxing physically and mentally.
• It prevents us from finding what we need quickly and conveniently which in turn, leads to stress and frustration.
So if you’re reading this, asking: Then why is it so damn hard to clean?
Maybe you can relate to some of these reasons…
• You’re hoarding too much stuff! If you’re wondering why no matter how hard you try to stick to your cleaning regimen monthly and still have stuff piling up, maybe you’re amassing them subconsciously.
• You might not realize but work might be keeping you from cleaning your house weekly. It’s so easy to set up a To-Do list at work but so hard to follow a To-Do list at home.
• You’re already anticipating how LONG it takes to clean the entire house and give up at the initial phase even before starting.
• You’re always procrastinating to clean the house.
For some strange reason, we have to admit that it’s difficult to adhere to a cleaning routine at home.
5 Ways a Clean House Improves Your Thinking
If you want to have a healthy and stable mind, these top 5 ways on how a clean house improves your thinking might make you pick up that broom and vacuum.
1. No Clutter, No Distractions
I don’t know about you but no one wants to live in a sloppy home. Clutter limits your movement and productivity. If you see stuff strewn everywhere, this leads to stress because you’ll be constantly thinking of cleaning them up. Some people even get headaches because, let’s admit, seeing a cluttered room is an eyesore. A clean house means no stress on your part.
2. A Form of Exercise
Some people who loathe going to the gym for some reason take cleaning as their workout regimen. I’m not saying it can make you lose that beer belly but cleaning can undeniably make you break a sweat. And when your body exerts itself, it releases chemicals called “endorphins” that are responsible for making us feel happy and relaxed.
3. Saves You a Lot of Time
A clean house saves you a lot of precious time looking for stuff you need. When you’re working remote, it’ll be easier for you to look for important documents or office supplies in your cabinets. A pro tip is to always return anything to the same place where you got it from. If possible, you can also label or segregate your storage so you don’t have to rummage from one area to another for a single object.
4. Contributes to Better Sleep
There’s nothing more relaxing than knowing you’ve got a tidy house. You don’t need to constantly pressure your mind into cleaning the house tomorrow, the next day after, or the following weekend. You’ll sleep better and wake up on the right side of the bed as well. Can you imagine waking up to an unkempt bedroom?
5. A Clean House is an Accomplishment
There is a satisfying feeling after cleaning. That feeling of accomplishment leaves us renewed and refreshed. It’s like we’re starting from scratch and we’re leaving all the disappointments and bad experiences we’ve had from the past few days or weeks. And also, a clean house just simply makes us proud homeowners.
As with any other task, the most difficult part is starting because our mind sometimes plays tricks on us that make our body react accordingly. Cleaning is synonymous to living a healthy lifestyle. Remember, your house reflects you. While it might be hard to always maintain a clean house, why don’t you make it as a habit – one cleaning step at a time.
Author Bio: Annah Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, renewable energy innovations and more. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at TheGeneratorLab which is a site filled with home energy tips and guides.
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