How decluttering helps your mental health

Since the breakout of Covid-19, we’ve been spending more time at home than ever before. Our bedrooms now double up as offices, leaving us isolated and making it difficult to switch off. If you’re looking for ways to counteract this negative mental energy, decluttering is a great place to start.

6 months ago   •   2 min read

By Anabel Ang

Since the breakout of Covid-19, we’ve been spending more time at home than ever before. Our bedrooms now double up as offices, leaving us isolated and making it difficult to switch off. We’ve been separated from our loved ones and faced with a collective uncertainty that weighs heavily on our mental health. If you’re looking for ways to counteract this negative mental energy, decluttering is a great place to start. Here’s why.

How does clutter impact your mental health?

Having a messy home may seem like a minor annoyance to some people, but the truth is it has a huge underlying impact on your mental health. Each time you trip over shoes as you enter the house or get showered with pots and pans when opening the cupboard, you feel frustrated and irritable. Knowing that the problem hasn’t been fixed, you almost begin to anticipate it, which increases your stress levels, causes distraction and will eventually lead to burnout. Sound familiar? Then perhaps it’s time to try decluttering.

The benefits of decluttering

Decluttering can have a wide-ranging impact on your mental health. Some key benefits include:

  • Reduced anxiety: As a calming, repetitive activity, the process of cleaning and decluttering can help lower stress levels, and the results will unburden your mind.
  • Regained focus: By turning your space from a sensory-overload into a relaxing sanctuary, you will experience fewer distractions and a renewed sense of focus.
  • Improved sleep: Lower stress levels and a calming environment will improve your sleep, resulting in reduced fatigue and improved mood and concentration.
  • Sense of control: Taking action by decluttering will help you gain a sense of control over your environment and your life, improving your confidence and decision-making abilities.

A new year, a new space! So what do you say? If you’re ready to organise your home but unsure where to begin, check out our 10 DIY storage ideas for decluttering on a budget.

Need extra space?

Can’t bear to throw those sentimental things away? Fear not, Space Next Door has a solution for you! With convenient and cheap self-storage located across Singapore, we’ll help you keep your belongings safe while decluttering your home.

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