Your Health | Study: People with cleaner homes report better moods
An expert with the Cleveland Clinic agrees.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Who doesn’t love a clean, organized space? It turns out, decluttering your home may declutter your mind, as well. Cleveland Clinic Psychologist Dawn Potter says some people find cleaning is a good way to manage stress.
“A Lot of people, when they are faced with other problems that maybe they can’t address at the time, or they’re just kind of overwhelmed, they find that cleaning helps them restore a sense of control,” Potter says.
Research shows messy, disorganized spaces can negatively impact mental health and wellbeing. One study suggests people with cluttered homes were more likely to report depressed moods. Doctor Potter says when everything around you is neat and tidy, there are fewer distractions and you can better focus on the task at hand. She adds that tidying up can take your mind off of something that’s out of your control and making you anxious.