If you haven’t heard of the latest Netflix sensation, Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up, well we are unsure where you may have been… (perhaps on a remote island without internet connection is our only rationalisation…?)
Marie’s premise is to declutter by only keeping those things that ‘spark joy’ in your home or have a place in your future. Pretty simple premise right? Although as we watch with anticipation through her Netflix series, this is often easier said than done. But once we have the concept downpat, the benefits of decluttering are immense, and not only for your home. NSW op shops such as St Vincent de Paul have reported a 38% rise in donations in the first 3 weeks of 2019.
Coincidence? We think not…
The Benefits of Decluttering
We have always known that mess and clutter is bad for our brain. Sometimes it takes a hit Netflix series to remind us. As the concept is not a new one. We have known for a long time that mess and clutter can bring on feelings of anxiety, it can affect our sleep and our productivity. Because how are we to be productive when we cannot find our keyboard underneath the stacks of paperwork on our desks? How can we get ready in the morning if we have clean and dirty clothes strewn across the room? Its common logic really.
Even worse, it can encourage procrastination, where instead of choosing the task at hand, we pop it in the ‘too hard’ basket and opt for an easier, and often unhealthy choice, like watching TV (hellllooooo Netflix!)
And the cycle continues.
Decluttering can help us to focus and process information better. Why? Because we can actually see it! We have removed the wood from the trees.
From your Brain to your Body
The benefits are not only apparent for our brains but our physical selves as well. Being in a clean and organised environment allows us to feel more calm and at peace. A cluttered environment can raise our stress levels by producing more cortisol, which in turn triggers the flight or fight response. This leads our bodies to believe they are in a constant fight for survival, and that’s not healthy.
Take What you Will
So whether you are 100% Marie Kondo convert or still like to keep hold of your shelves of books, we can all take the basic premise that being organised and decluttered is good for our homes, our brains and our bodies.
And who can argue with that?