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Do you live in an organized, neat home or is your house full of clutter?  While some people love to clean, others consider it a mundane chore.  Even if you are not a cleaning fanatic, there is peace and satisfaction that comes with being in a clean environment.  The act of cleaning and living in a clean environment can benefit our mental health.

One study found that women who described their living spaces as cluttered or full of unfinished projects were likelier to be tired and depressed than women who described their homes as restful and restorative. Researchers also found that the women with messy or cluttered homes had higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Another study revealed that clutter could make it difficult to focus. It is also linked to negative emotions such as confusion, tension, and irritability. To the brain, clutter represents unfinished business, and this lack of completeness can be highly stressful for some people. At the same time, an organized home produces more positive emotions like calmness and a sense of well-being.  Here is more on the benefits of living in a clean and neat environment. 

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    Boosts Your Fitness

    People with clean houses seem more active and healthy. Physical activity relates to the level of cleanliness in one’s home.

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    Promotes Healthy Eating

    We are likely to overeat when depressed about a situation that affects our health. Basically proving that it’s easier to spot an apple in an organized space than a crowded room.

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    Improves Sleep

    It’s clear that a high level of untidiness in our homes causes stress and anxiety, which alone deprives us of a good night’s sleep. According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people with a habit of making their bed each morning have a 19% more chance of better sleep.

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    Reduces The Risk of Infections

    The air quality in American homes is possibly between two to five times, even sometimes above 100 times more contaminated than outside. With so many different ways pet dander, fluff, mold, and dust mites accumulate that aren’t regularly cleaned, we inhale all that.

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    Boosts Productivity

    To put it simply, a productive person is a happy person. Our mines work better when we are around less clutter. A decluttered home leads to a decluttered mind.

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