Think about your house for a minute. Is it full of clutter? Is there a mess on the floor from choosing your outfit or dishes backed up in the sink? More likely than not, there exists some form of light clutter around you, and that, in turn, adds to your to-do list. But, did you ever stop to think about the impacts of said mess on your mental health? Well, consider us hyperbolic worriers because we sure have, and we’re here to tell you it ain’t great. But we’re also here to tell you there’s an easy fix. So hold on tight and let’s ride this wave of items together.
Clutter and Your Stress Level
The first — and most important in our humble opinions— result of clutter is your stress level. After all, we’re sure you can think back to the amount of arguments you’ve had with a significant other or roommate about forgetting to take the trash out or cleaning the dishes. The reason is that no one likes to do these things, but we have to. Not doing them adds an increasingly large amount of small to-dos on top of much bigger ones like bills or work deadlines. The sheer fact is, from a psychological standpoint, the more clutter there is in your brain the more tense you are likely to be. It makes sense since our brains like, and crave order. So, as if it isn’t enough to remember everything you have to do, coming home to a messy household only exacerbates the issue. It has even been shown that clutter can release the hormone called cortisol, which is known for raising our heart rates, and in turn, causing anxiety. Not ideal, right?
Clutter and Your Productivity
Next on the list is the impact of clutter on your productivity. Ever tried working at a desk (or maybe you currently are working at a desk) that is stacked high with files, post-it notes, and filled-up calendars? It’s pretty much a landmine of papers ready to burst your work bubble. You either put a piece of paper down, and can’t find it five minutes later, or you accidentally throw out the wrong important document while attempting to clean. RE: Not great.
All of this has been scientifically shown to impact your productivity. In fact, in one study, it was shown that students with a cleaner desk were able to work for 7.5 minutes longer than those with a cluttered desk. What’s more, on a universal level, lost and misplaced important documents accrue $2.5 billion dollars in losses per year. Ay caramba, that doesn’t seem to bode well for your long-awaited promotion.
So, if you want to be on your A-game, let’s walk you through what you can do.
Clear the Clutter-tastrophy in 2-Steps.
1. First things first, let’s start with Marie Kondo’s rule, since the lady is a legend, sent down from the gates of cleanliness themselves and delivered to us to improve our lives. (And for that, we are eternally grateful.) What can we apply from her practices to help clear our own clutter? Practice going through your cluttered areas and asking yourself: “does this spark joy?” If the answer is no, let go of it. The best place to do this is in your closet — i.e., the hot spot of outfit choosing messes. The more in tune you are with what you own, the less likely you’ll need to rip apart your closet to find something to wear.
2. Take CBD routinely to help keep a clear mind and help steer off the inevitable clutter that comes your way at work (or by way of weekly chores). CBD has been shown to help keep you in equilibrium when cortisol starts pumping into your system. It does so by decreasing your body’s anxiety response by working on your 5-HT1A receptor, which has been studied for its role in serotonin uptake in the brain. CBD can help increase serotonin signaling in the 5-H1TA receptor, which will allow for a reduction in anxiety. This means that the panic attack you almost just had about the dishes will get leveled out. Pretty magical, if you ask us.
In all, not to act like your parents growing up or anything, but you should definitely try to maintain a clean environment for your health’s sake. It isn’t exactly fun to deal with messes, so why not avoid them in the first place?
To try out CBD, we recommend the Juna Nude Drops to start. It’s perfect for anyone just diving into the wonders that are a clear mind.