Clutter is bad for your brain, according to a 2011 scientific study published in the United States National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health Medical Journal.
Our brain needs to focus on one thing at a time in order to be fully productive.
The study goes on to say that clutter reduces our ability to focus on the task at hand. The lack of focus, even just visually, limits our brain’s ability to process quickly and with clarity. Distractions compete for our attention. This goes along with recent articles that have debunked the trend of multi-tasking.
We all know what we mean when we say the word “clutter.” Here is what Webster’s says about it: “To fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.” It appears that even the dictionary agrees that the presence of clutter reduces our movement and effectiveness. Did you picture your children’s Legos on the floor when you read the words “impede movement?
So to be clutter-free is to have a healthy brain and a less stressful life. Keep reading for some helpful tips to cut the clutter in your home.
The first step to getting everything in its place is to provide a place for everything. It cannot be some vague idea; it needs to be clear-cut and easy to remember. Your kitchen probably has specific containers for your flour and your sugar, so the rest of your home should be just as clear. Find a cute basket or box for the daily mail. This will lift the paper mess off the counter or dresser. Do you have to search for pens or scissors when you need them? Give them a home in an attractive container with easy access.
The simple hook can be a lifesaver in the home. Install hooks near the door for your keys, scarves and dog leash. Hooks in a closet save a great deal of time for your go-to sweatshirt or jacket. Recently more homeowners are using hooks in the bathroom for towels. It is a simple space-saver and easy for kids to hang up the wet towel rather than leave it on the floor.
Large families have found that the use of color codes has stopped fights and reduced the clutter. Each child has their own color for many household items, such as towels, wash cloths, toothbrushes, toy baskets and hooks.
Good habits take time to build, but in the long run, they also save time. If you can train yourself to always put your keys in the same place every day, think of the time saved from searching the house and pockets. Taking the extra steps to replace the items you use in your home may take some getting used to, but your frustration level will be lowered exponentially. And THAT is really good for your brain!