We all have those extra items around our homes maybe its an entire room, cupboard or even a garage full of stuff. But did you know that those extra items could also be bad for your health both physically and mentally?
Those extra items are the perfect place for dust and mould increasing symptoms of asthma and allergies. If the area is large such as a garage it could be the perfect hiding place for animals bring in a host of disease. The London Fire Brigade recommends removing extra items as “clutter make it much easier for a fire to start and create a greater risk of fire spreading, increasing the risk of injury and death”.
But some of the lesser known side effects of clutter in a home are the mental health and relationship ones. Because the existence of clutter can make your home look messy and uninviting this can drain your energy and take up brain space due to it being another item on the to-do list and a constant worry. Studies have not only shown that couples that cohabitate have an average of 32 arguments about clutter within their first year, people with cluttered environments have cluttered minds and in turn higher stress levels. This may be why there are also claims that clutter can lead to weight gain as spoken about in “Does this clutter make my butt look fat?” by Peter Walsh, which discusses the link between too much stuff to overeating.