Everyone knows the saying ‘clean space, clean mind’, but does clutter really have an impact on your wellbeing? It turns out that this could depend on whether you’re more right-brained or left-brained. In other words, different approaches work for different people. For some, clutter can be unbearable — whereas others find inspiration amid organised chaos. But if you’re having trouble being productive, unwinding or even sleeping at home, having a good clean could be the fix for you.
If you’re having trouble motivating yourself to tidy up in the first place, setting yourself a routine with a list is a great way to keep you on track. Remember that you’ve got to start somewhere — and the longer you put it off, the bigger the task will be. It can be overwhelming deciding where to start, so here are four of the best spaces to kick-start your schedule.
Make Your Bedroom A Safe Space
As simple as it sounds, making your bed in the morning goes a long way. Studies have even shown that people who make their beds in the morning achieve a better night’s sleep overall. Keeping your clothes tidied away, making sure your mattress is free of clutter and organising your nightstand all helps to transform your bedroom into a stress-free zone. Avoiding using phones, tablets and laptops for a good hour before bedtime can also help you get a good sleep. This helps to reduce the blue light emissions that can interfere with your rest during the night.
Organise Your Utility Room
For most, the utility room is the heart of cleaning in your home. A recent survey found that 65 per cent of young adults still rely on their parents to do their laundry for them. So, if people are still needing to call on mum and dad for help here, it’s no surprise that this area of the house can be one that spirals out of control. This is the easiest room for clutter to quickly build. Organising this space can not only help to give you peace of mind, but also help you to finish housework jobs quicker. Utilising handy storage space to organise all of your cleaning products and household items is a great way to keep on top of everything. You could also invest in the right washing machine for your family so that you’re able to clear piles of clothes quickly and easily.
Remove Distractions from Your Home Office
With many of us working from home now, there’s never been a better time to declutter this space and maximise your productivity. It’s important to designate a separate space for work to help replicate your office habits. This will help you separate work from home and to ignore the temptation to continue working past traditional office hours. Clearing your desk of non-essential items and putting up a to-do board is a great way of physically removing distractions and keeping your mind set on daily goals. When it comes to lunchtime, it’s important to take your break in a space away from your home office. Not only does this give you a scheduled screen-break, but it will also help to stop a build up of mugs, plates and rubbish in your workspace.