“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control how you go about and take care of your business. That is something that is ongoing, and it can never change.”-Nick Saban
Without a doubt, clutter is an inevitable consequence in the ownership of a home and the possession of personal belongings. We are expected to accumulate a variety of household items and belongings over time insomuch that we can likely expect our homes filled with them. After all, as homeowners, we have this innate longing to make our homes as beautiful as possible. Consequently, homeowners must look for ways to pepper their homes with décor items that would enhance its natural aesthetic. As a result, some homeowners have taken their affinity for stuff to the extreme insomuch that their homes and space seem to be a natural habitat for mess and disorganization. In this regard, their home’s perpetual state of disarray would not even recognize as a problem but rather a common occurrence. Despite the exciting trend of having incredibly organized spaces and hyper-clean homes, these homeowners love their stuff so much that clutter thrives in their home.
Indeed, while Marie Kondo might have her version of how a house is maintained, there is a slew of homeowners who think that this level of orderliness can be a tad bit exhausting. Admittedly, there is more to living at home than just constantly tidying up right? More importantly, having a slightly cluttered house does not immediately make you a morally bankrupt homeowner–neither does it make you any less competent and able than a homeowner with an orderly home. It does not matter whether you are living in Celadon residences, Marquee Residences or elsewhere, it has been shown that a little clutter can make life just a bit better and bearable.
Here are some of the reasons why:
A Messy Environment is a More Creative One
Science has proven that an environment that is too clean can stifle your imagination. In this regard, a bit of clutter and disorganization about your homes is actually encouraged. It is because it challenges the homeowner to break the norms and rules of conventions and elicits creative thoughts. However, this is not to say that rooms with piles upon piles of boxes and closets crammed with way too many clothes are right either. What we are getting at is just the right amount of disorder you are comfortable with. Clutter, albeit only a healthy amount of it, actually speaks of the kind of homeowner you are and just a little mess does not always have a negative connotation. (Read: What clutter says about you)
A Perfectly Tidy Home Does Not Always Mean a Happy Home
Orderliness is one thing but dedicating your life to maintaining a perpetually clean home is another. Regardless of how much time you allocate for cleaning your houses, it will never be a hundred percent clean and organized if you lived in it at the same time. In this regard, anything that is out of place or merely a bit messy would already stress you out. Your focus should be to live in your homes. More importantly, you should be maintaining a level of functionality that makes living in it enjoyable as well. While a semblance of order is essential, there is no reason for you to go hard every single day. Remember, the key is to make homes functional and livable—not perfect.
A little dirty is good for you.
People with immaculate homes have bleached and scrubbed all the germs and microbes out of their homes. However, a little of those germs and bacteria have been shown to be good for you. A little dirty here and there can strengthen one’s immune system which in effect would make you and your family less likely to develop allergies and fall ill. Children exposed to cleaning fumes emitted by the cleaning chemicals used are more likely to develop asthma and may even cause adults to develop the ailment as well. If you wish to clean, use natural cleaning products that are free of industrial chemicals. Alternatively, you can scale back on your obsessive cleaning routine as well.
Decluttering Might Cause You to Toss Something You Need
A mantra of obsessive cleaners and organizers is to free their surroundings of anything that they might not need. In essence, this means continuously purging their homes from personal belongings that no longer serve their purpose. Unfortunately, some homeowners tend to toss out stuff because they have not used it in the year only to regret throwing it out when they need it in the future. While the enthusiasm to rid a house of unnecessary clutter is admirable, homeowners need to be a little meticulous and thorough about what they throw out. Instead of immediately discarding items because they have not been used in a year, evaluate each item’s value and ability to be replaced. Sure, throw out those board games that you have not used in more than a decade but think twice about tossing your first edition novel copies.