It turns out that mail piled up for weeks, dishes in the sink, laundry left in baskets, not only makes our home look bad, it also makes us feel bad. At least that is what researchers at UCLA’s Center for Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) found when they did a study of thirty-two families and the clutter in their homes. It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our moods and self-esteem. CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists and archaeologists found:
- Women associate a tidy home with a happy, successful family.
- Even families that want to reduce clutter are emotionally paralyzed.
- A link between high cortisol levels (the stress hormone) in female homeowners and a high density of household possessions.
- The U.S. consumer only contributes to three percent of the children in the world, however we buy forty percent of the world’s toys!
Does your home need some help with clutter? Try the rule of five! Every hour spend five minutes decluttering and putting things away and at the end of the day you will have cleaned for an hour.
Some other tips include:
- Clean off your refrigerator door.
- Pledge to clean your kitchen every day.
- Ask yourself if you will miss the object, then discard!
Don’t let your clutter get you down! Start today with small steps that will help you and the mood in your home!
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