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Can Messy enviroment Affect Your Health?

Recently I found myself wondering how did my house was becoming so messy and how come we had so many clothes, children’s games and endless papers around. The situation can be easily described as losing control of the house.

Let’s be honest, we have good reasons for arriving to this situation since we found ourselves care givers for 4 of our closest family members – so between endless work, taking care of the kids and caring for 4 family members, we remain with no strength or money to do extra works once we get home.

So, the question raised, was should it affect my family . Well, after writing below lines, I’m sure that I will find the energy and time to tidy our home, So cleanliness will become one of my top priority.

Can Your Health

Let’s start with the big picture, can having too much stuff affect our Health? having our closets bursting and our entire home topped with piles of disorganized papers and chaos, according to studies may be damaging for both our physical, cause us anxiety and affect our mental health.

So first, using simple logic, when everything is in its place, it saves time and reduce stress, while when you can’t find anything, it raises your stress hormone throughout the day compare to those who live in a well-organized space, causing you to reduce your daily productivity

One of the worst things we can do when our house is a little massy, it’s delaying neatening it up to later.

Research has shown that adults in their 50s who have too many piles of stuff are more likely than younger folks to put off making decisions about what to get rid of. The study also found that those piles can make you less satisfied with your life.

Ok, so is there other affect? Well, it’s seems that when we live in a massy environment, it’s become harder to focus on important tasks since many things compete for our attention.

Again, researchers have found that being in a disorganized space, makes it harder for your brain to focus.

It can be especially tough for people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). If you have ADHD, a professional organizer or coach may be the best way to restore some order to your space.

Others affect of messy space according to webmd article:

Allergy and Messy space

If you’re allergic to things like dust mites or pet dander, you should know that too much stuff makes it impossible to keep your space clean. decluttering should make it easier to dust and vacuum and get symptoms like sneezing, wheezing, and itchy eyes under control.

Embarrassment and Isolation

A neat, tidy house feels inviting, both for the people who live there as well as guests. A cluttered home may feel the opposite. But shutting people out can take a toll on relationships and make you feel sad and lonely. That could be one reason a hoarding disorder tends to overlap with depression and anxiety disorders.

Slips and Falls

Living with lots of clutter puts you at risk of getting injured. When your floor is covered with boxes, heaps of clothing, or even too much furniture, it’s that much easier to trip. Shelves stuffed to the brim with books and knickknacks can also be a hazard if something falls off or a piece of overloaded furniture topples over.

Neatness and Generosity

A more organized environment may make you more caring toward others. In one study, volunteers who filled out surveys in a neat room were more likely to say they wanted to donate to a charity compared with those who were questioned in a messy room.

Memory Issues

Some people who live in cluttered homes have a poorer “working memory,” according to research. Your brain is wired to be able to keep track of only a few details at once for a short period, so it can get overloaded when there’s too much going on.

Safety First

If you’ve gone overboard on papers and other flammable items, your home can be a fire hazard. Even if a fire starts in the most common of ways (cooking oil goes up in flames or a burner catches the edge of your dish towel), clutter makes it harder to get help. Not only will you have more trouble getting out in time if your pathways and exits are blocked, but firefighters will also have a harder time putting out the blaze.

Linked to Weight Gain

People who fill their homes with so much stuff that they may have a hoarding disorder also appear to be more likely to overeat and become obese. One study found that as hoarding got worse, so did body mass index (BMI) and binge-eating symptoms (eating large amounts of food in a short time).

Up All Night

People who have a hoarding disorder also seem more likely to have insomnia. The link between the two isn’t totally clear, but sleep is important for clear thinking and decision-making. If you’re sleep-deprived, you might be more likely to make questionable decisions, including ones that involve getting more stuff you really don’t need.

 

 

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