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Unleash Your Mind: 5 Reasons a Clutter-Free Space Boosts Mental Health


Imagine waking up to a clean and organized space every day, free from the chaos of clutter. Sounds refreshing, doesn't it? It's no secret that our environment can significantly impact our mental well-being. In this article, we'll explore five reasons why decluttering your living and working space can lead to a happier, more focused, and healthier life.


1.     Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Clutter can be a constant reminder of unfinished tasks, which can trigger feelings of stress and anxiety. According to a study by the University of New Mexico, living in a cluttered environment can increase cortisol levels, the stress hormone. By eliminating unnecessary items and organizing your space, you can create a calming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and mental clarity.


2.     Improves Focus and Productivity

A clutter-free environment allows you to concentrate on the task at hand without distractions. Research has shown that clutter can negatively impact cognitive performance, making it difficult to focus and complete tasks efficiently. By decluttering your space, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and creativity.


3.     Enhances Sleep Quality

Clutter can affect your sleep quality as well. A messy bedroom can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep, leading to restless nights and increased stress. By keeping your bedroom tidy and clutter-free, you can create a serene environment that promotes restful sleep and better mental well-being.


4.     Boosts Self-Esteem

Clutter can create feelings of guilt and shame, as it may serve as a reminder of unfinished tasks or poor organizational skills. By decluttering your space and maintaining a clean environment, you can experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in your surroundings. This, in turn, can lead to increased self-esteem and overall happiness.


5.     Encourages Healthier Habits

A clutter-free space can inspire you to make healthier choices in other areas of your life. Research has shown that people living in organized environments are more likely to engage in healthy habits, such as exercising and eating well. By decluttering your living and working space, you can create a foundation for a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.


It’s a new year, and the perfect time to take action. Decluttering your living and working space can have a profound impact on your mental health and well-being. By reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and productivity, enhancing sleep quality, boosting self-esteem, and encouraging healthier habits, a clutter-free environment can help you live a happier and more fulfilling life. So, take the first step towards a healthier mental state and start decluttering today.


The Suburban Scarecrow.  Growing Health & Happiness in Your Backyard.

Sharon Shaffery, the Suburban Scarecrow – is a Reiki Master and Certified Angel Card Reader. She is also the publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine in Monmouth/Ocean NJ. For more information or to schedule a session, contact

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