Decluttering your home and your soul

Disorder and chaos affect our mental well-being. The effects of a chaotic environment range from lack of concentration to sleep problems and stress. There are some exceptions. Discover the difference a tidy home can make.

Tidiness is trending – tidying coach Marie Kondo successfully shows in her Netflix series what effect an orderly home has on our well-being. Less clutter means more space for something new. Your thoughts will become clearer and your sleep will improve. Discover the difference a tidy home can make.


Order is half the battle

What effect does clutter have on our well-being? When clearing out your home, you're not just decluttering your rooms, you're also decluttering your soul:

  • Researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles found that mothers living in messy home environments have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • In a chaotic home, your sleep suffers and you are more likely to experience bouts of ravenous hunger.
  • A tidy environment helps you think more clearly. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Navarra. In one study, volunteers made more errors when entering data in a messy environment than in a tidy one.
  • If there are fewer things lying around, less dust gets trapped and the air quality of your home improves.

Clean Home & Happy Mind

Tidying up is annoying and tedious – we're right with you there. So, how do these positive effects on your psyche come about? It's not the tidying itself that activates your brain’s reward system and makes you happy, but achieving a self-imposed goal. For example, if you decide to clean the kitchen and you do it, you release happy hormones. If the goal is achievable but still challenging enough, you enter the flow state. This has a positive effect on your self-esteem. The next time you set a goal for yourself, you will be encouraged by your past success and feel confident that you can master your next challenge.

But when it comes to tidying, organising and cleaning your home, the saying ‘the dose makes the poison’ still applies. If you overdo it, you can develop a cleaning obsession. As with all rules, there is always an exception: some people need their creative chaos. So, order in disorder does exist.


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Counteracting clutter with Zebrabox

While you're tidying up, every now and again you'll probably ask yourself the question: throw it away or put it in storage? Throwing everything away immediately can have a negative effect on you. This is because objects that are associated with memories can hold great emotional significance. In addition, the "endowment effect" causes us trouble when throwing things away: people tend to value their possessions more and consequently find it difficult to part with them.

But don't worry – Zebrabox is here to help you clear out your home and declutter your soul. Store your favourite things for as little as a week's rental and get 24/7 access to your individual storage unit. Book a Zebrabox and you can start storing your furniture and other items today in a storage unit that is perfectly matched to your needs.