Yes, this is a real subject. You might think that you know the answer, but no, this is not just because your mom always said it, that you have to do it. There are real reasons to do it and they’re more serious than you think.
A messy place makes you feel stressed! You might not believe it, but according to researchers at UCLA’s Center of Everyday Lives and Families (CELF), ”there’s a link between high cortisol (a stress hormone) in people who lives in homes with a “high density of household objects.” Translation: The more stuff you have, the more stress you experience “.
You start and end your day in your home. Believe it or not, your behavior depends a lot on the physical space you live in. We are mentally connected to our environment, this is why keeping it organized and clean, matter.
There is also a proved impact on your tiredness and your decision making skills. A Princeton University Neuroscience Institute study found that “people with a cluttered home experienced increased exhaustion as a result of expanding mental energy on stress that’s caused by your messy environment. Plus, it makes it harder to focus and process information, so you have to try harder and expend more energy to do everyday tasks”. The same study shows that the awareness and annoyance of a physical mess, will increase your frustration and get in the way of your ability to make decision.
What about your social life? Well it’s much easier to invite someone over when your place looks nice. It could be your friends, your family or someone that you like, in every case, it will make you look more mature, and more serious. Tidying your home helps in preventing the creation of a boundary around you; therefore, you will become more social.
Now that you know how it impacts your daily life, we don’t need to tell you that it’s also fostering an environment for germs and pests, that you’re more likely to lose or forget to pay a bill and that it’s one of the reason you’re always late. We know it is hard to understand for people who don’t clean up “naturally”, but we promise you that it is much quicker and less boring to clean up 10 minutes every day, than 2 hours on the weekends.
One last thing, think about how happy your mum will be!
Use some storage
No need to hide everything, just organize it.
And don’t forget the most important rule: Never clean up your place without music!