Clutter and mess affect us all. However, studies have shown that men are less bothered by it than women. Men and women have different ‘field dependence’, a variation in cognitive style.
In English, this means that if a set of coloured cushions aren’t arranged in an eye-pleasing way, women will notice it and find it jarring. In contrast, men see objects out of context from their environment - which means they’ll see the cushions individually and not notice they don’t look right.
It may sound like an excuse, but it does suggest a good reason why motivations for tidying and decluttering the house on average are so stark. What’s more, mess and clutter can result in increased cortisol levels, the stress hormone, particularly in women, which can cause different feelings of frustration, low mood and anxiety.
Having a cluttered space can make individuals feel overwhelmed and uneasy. If you have a messy desk at work (in an office or at home), you are more prone to distractions and your productivity decreases. As the saying goes, ‘a messy desk conveys a cluttered mind’. Experts continue to explore why clutter elicits such a strong emotional response.
It is important to take stress seriously and reduce sources of stress in your life. We know that a clean and organised home can improve mental health and result in a much healthier mindset.
There are many benefits to having a clean and tidy house, including an improved mindset. But what exactly happens when we clean, and why is it important? Here are five reasons why clearing is a necessity!
If there is one thing you take from today’s lesson, it is to schedule some time to spring clean your home and then work in a regular cleaning routine, weekly, to keep yourself motivated and the mind well.