Did you know living in a cluttered space can have severe effects on your mental health? Not only does it make it difficult to utilize your space to its maximum efficiency, it actually can impact your mood. At Junk It Mobile Dumpsters our team wants to work with you to help you start the new year with a clean space.
We provide affordable and convenient dumpster rentals throughout Houston and surrounding areas to home and business owners. If you find you are in need of a bit more help to tackle your mess, no worries, we also can work with you to load the junk you have accumulated directly into the dumpster for an additional fee. Take care of your home and mental health when you contact Junk It Mobile Dumpsters.
The word clutter refers to items that are strewn about in a disorganized fashion. In general, clutter is a collection of items that people accumulate in their homes and don’t necessarily use, but hold on to anyway.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, chances are you have some degree of clutter in your home:
- Do you own anything that you never use or no longer need, like clothes that don’t fit anymore or old electronic devices?
- Do you have a “junk drawer” of things you think you’ll need, but don’t ever use?
- Do you find yourself buying new items to replace ones you’ve lost in your house?
- Do you lack access to certain spaces in your home (i.e., you can’t open the door to your basement or park in your garage)?
- Are you afraid to have houseguests over because of the messy state of your home?
Impact of Clutter on Mental Health
Clutter impacts your physical space in an obvious way; but some people don’t realize that clutter can have negative mental health effects, too.
Of course, not everyone is affected by clutter in the same way. For instance, someone with perfectionist tendencies is likely to be more stressed out by clutter. But, by becoming aware of how much clutter you have and whether you experience any stress as a result, you’ll be better able to discern if there’s an opportunity for you to modify your physical space and improve your mental health.
Increased Stress Levels: Ideally, home is a place where we can rest and relax; however, clutter can make it hard to do that. One study found that women who reported more clutter in their homes had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day compared to women who had less clutter.2
Difficulty Focusing: Clutter can actually be distracting. Our brains can only focus on a limited amount of stimuli at a time. So if you’re surrounded by clutter when you’re trying to work from home, for example, the clutter can actually make it harder for you to think clearly.1
Procrastination: Research shows that people with cluttered homes tend to procrastinate on important tasks.3 You might have to dig through stacks of papers to pay the bills, or maybe you have so many piles of dirty clothes that it feels overwhelming to start the laundry.
Difficulty With Relationships: It’s not uncommon for spouses, partners, or even roommates to argue over whether one person’s things are taking up too much space. There might be added strain in a relationship if your clutter is an annoyance to the person you’re living with. In addition, if you’re not inviting friends over because your home is cluttered, you might feel a sense of social isolation or even shame.
Trouble Controlling Impulses: One study found that a cluttered environment combined with an “out-of-control mind-set” triggered participants to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors.4 In other words, the research suggests that it can be more difficult to control your impulses when your mental health and your environment are stressful or “chaotic.”
Lower Quality of Life: Clutter can easily lead to a nearly constant feeling of frustration as you struggle to complete daily tasks. The time you spend looking for objects you need or attempting to organize your items could be time spent with loved ones, doing some self-care, or even just relaxing.
You deserve to start the new year with a clean space that makes it easy for you to relax and enjoy your space. Reach out to our team to take first step in cleaning and organizing your space this year.
Dumpster Rental Discounts in Houston TX
The team at Junk It Mobile Dumpsters is dedicated to keeping our rates lower than the other dumpster rental companies in the area. We understand how overwhelming it can be to try to dispose of a large portion of trash all at once, this is why we work to keep our dumpsters accessible with our competitive rates and friendly customer service. From small clean-ups to major construction and remodeling projects, our dumpsters can help you keep your space clean and clear.