A person with a seriously cluttered house may suffer depression, compulsive behaviours, Attention Deficit Disorder or chronic pain. Sometimes one or more of these conditions is what leads
to a cluttered house. However, an overwhelming amount of clutter can also be the cause
of mental and physical health issues. On the other hand a house that is free of clutter can make you feel more energetic, happier and in better physical health.
What are the effects of clutter on a person's mental health?
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What are the effects of clutter on a person's physical health?
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What health conditions can contribute to the build up of clutter?
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Someone who has suffered a brain injury may have concentration problems and be confused. This can make it difficult for them to keep their home organised. They may struggle to make decisions of what to discard and what to keep.
A person with Attention Deficit Disorder who finds it difficult to focus on one activity at a time will have trouble tidying, sorting and discarding.
People who suffer from depression may lack motivation. A cluttered environment is likely to compound their depression.
Someone suffering chronic pain may be unable to pick up items that fall on the floor, get rid of clutter and move heavier items. Pain medication may make the person sleepy and unable to concentrate.
Some compulsive disorders lead to a person obsessively collecting and being unable to part with items.
An uncluttered home can make a person feel more energetic. Image courtesy of Pixabay
Many studies show decluttering and having a tidier house makes a person feel more energetic and increases life satisfaction. Sometimes a person needs help with a physical or mental health issue before they are able to declutter their home and then keep it organised.
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