Clutter at home says a lot about our emotional state, says a doctor

El desorden en cualquier grado causa problemas, ya sea que las personas se den cuenta o no, dice también una experta en organización del hogar.


Clutter in any degree causes problems, whether people realize it or not, says a home organization expert.

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Although it is normal not to always want to clean our house and keep everything in perfect harmony, order and disorder in the home could have a strong correlation with our mental state according to a specialist.

In that sense, Dr. Sadi Jimenez, a naturopathic doctor at My LA Therapy, assures that depression can manifest as a messy and messy home. He can also indicate that apathy has set in. “The person could be overloaded in some areas of their life and it manifests itself by neglecting their environment,” he said in an interview for The Zoe Report.

Additionally, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) backs Jimenez’s theory, stating that if your living environment was once in very good condition, but has been neglecting it lately, could indicate a mental health problem.

The reason for this is that when someone suffers from depression, for example, research shows that everyday tasks, such as cleaning, become increasingly difficult. And the more the task is undone, the more likely the person will avoid it.

Clutter increases stress

Not only has clutter been found to increase stress, but other studies have found that it’s visually harder for the brain to process multiple objects at once, compared to if your space is fairly clear.

Research has found that people with clean houses are healthier overall than those with messy houses.

So on the other side of the spectrum is the person who is super neat and organized. “The idea of ​​being too wordy can be identified with emotions of needing to be in controlJimenez says.

“It can represent the fear of letting go and finding pleasure or security in controlling the environment.” For example, some people suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and their cleansing rituals can take a long time. But others can be more orderly than messy and it is not a cause for concern.

Jiménez says there is a way to tell if the condition of your home or living space is affecting you in a negative way. “It’s a problem if it occupies other aspects of life,” he says. “For example, if the need to clean arises when an uncomfortable emotion arises” and the same goes for clutter.

“Clutter to any degree causes problems, whether people realize it or not,” home organization expert and co-founder of The Home Edit Joanna Teplin tells TZR in an email.

Also, it can affect your interpersonal relationships or cause you not to have guests, due to the embarrassment of your mess.

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