Have you ever been choked by seeing a dirty house? Not just you
A pile of papers and mail covers the desk. There are piles of clothes piled up on the chair in the master bedroom. Make-up, toiletries and other products are piled up in the bathroom. Confectionery bags and children’s toys left over from eating in the living room are messy. Isn’t it like Nam-il? Research has shown that this dirty and dizzy home condition has a major impact on mental health. If the house is dizzy, it can lead to anxiety and panic.
Wendy Weisner, who suffers from anxiety disorder, wrote on the blog of the’ScareyMami’ site: The whole world is like a chaotic place and I feel like I’m adrift on a shipwreck after losing control.”
A 2009 study found that women who described their home as “complex, confusing, and messy” had higher levels of cortisol, a hormone that occurs when stressed, and showed no signs of decline throughout the day. A 2016 survey of people with minor or severe mental health problems found that their disorderly living spaces had a negative impact on their home and life satisfaction.
Counseling therapist Cindy Globinsky said, “An overly complex or dirty home can lead to mental health problems, and conversely, mental health problems can lead to such consequences.” In his experience, many people who complained of suffering from dizzy homes have been diagnosed with conditions such as depression, attention deficit disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder.
″If you suddenly go through sad things again, you may be temporarily unable to clean up and it may be harder to clean than usual.” Globinsky said.
A dirty home environment can cause you to feel anxious or lose control
So, why on earth would dizziness have a bad effect on mental health? The external environment can have a strong influence on how we feel and behave internally. “Think about how energetic you feel at a concert or sporting event, or why we calm down when hiking in nature,” said Gina Deluca, a clinical psychologist at Wellspace SF in California.
″Mood changes depending on the environment. Different people react differently to each environment. For example, if there are too many people at a rock festival, some people are uncomfortable, while others like it. The same goes for the home environment.”
“Each person reacts differently to the dirty home environment,” Globinsky said. “There are people who don’t mind even if they’re messed up to some extent, and there are people who really can’t stand it.” People who feel anxious when looking at a dizzy environment may be more sensitive than others and may have less patience to tolerate a dizzy environment. It’s just different from person to person than who is better. However, it is a problem if it is too sensitive. Globinsky said: “Some people prefer a rather dizzying environment. That’s because such an environment makes them feel more free and creative. But on the contrary, people who feel pressured by a dizzying environment can become anxious or depressed as a result.”
If you’re in the latter, you may feel mentally stressed or out of control if your home is dizzy. This is a common symptom. Social worker Kim Strong said, “Exposure to a dirty environment can make you anxious. You may feel out of control. “When you look around a messy room, you feel like you need to do something, come up with things that haven’t been done, make it harder to move around or find things you need.”
It is good to clear the room for mental health. Let’s focus on one room or a specific place rather than a large place at a time
If you feel anxious after seeing the dizzying environment in your home, getting rid of it right away is essential for energy recovery. If you’re on track, this process can be a little easier. This is because you only need to organize your personal items. However, if you live with family or roommates, you need to approach them more systematically. Interior website The Spruce recommended that the rooms be cleaned one by one first. Don’t think you’re cleaning the whole house at once, but if you start to clean up a specific room or closet or other space, it’s much less burdensome and easier to implement.
Before you start organizing, prepare 5 large bins. Be prepared to divide into items that need to be thrown away, items that need to be recycled, items that need to be repaired or cleaned, and items that can be donated. First, let’s start with one room and work through them one by one. It is not the end once you have organized it. They don’t keep worrying and they don’t get messy again soon. Strong encouraged them to keep organizing by placing orders such as’complete work’ when organizing clothes or mailboxes every day.
If you live with other people, it can be difficult to keep your home clean on your own. The experts below shared their tips.
1. Talk to your family or roommate about maintaining your home environment.
Talk to a family member or partner who lives with you. Tell them you want to keep your home clean to keep you mentally healthy. And ask them what they want. “If things are different from each other, think of them as a problem to be solved together. Since everyone has different needs, it is essential to respect the other person.” Globinsky added.
2. Don’t try to do all the tidying up by yourself, let’s clarify what you need to do.
Do you feel like you’re doing too much housework that you can’t afford? Are you always cleaning up your spouse or child? Even people who like to organize can only get tired if they have too much work or have to organize other people’s things. In this case, someone else should also help you with your work.
″Do not try to do all the tidying by yourself. Ask your family or roommate to help you clean up.” Deluca said. “Give the other person what to do. If you don’t say anything, you can only build up anger and become more anxious and frustrated.”
″Also, if your budget allows, I recommend hiring a helper or company to help with cleaning from time to time. It saves time and energy.”
3. Let’s always keep one room in the house in the best condition
If at least one room in your home is always clean, you can find comfort even if the other place is messy. It is a kind of’exit’. Globinsky said, “It’s okay if that clean space is a bathroom.”
4. No child is good at organizing from the beginning. Teach your child how to organize
If you have young children in your home, you will have a lot more work to clean. “Teach the children to do basic arrangements themselves. Let’s practice picking up toys and putting things in their room.” Globinsky said. “There is no child who organizes well since birth. Some children need more help. From an adult standpoint, it may seem natural and easy for children to organize, but it is actually difficult for children. Let’s teach you well.”
Strong recommended that children teach them how to organize as a play. There are a variety of methods, such as triggering a timer to bet how quickly your kids can organize.
5. It is impossible to maintain a perfectly clean home. Let’s set realistic goals
It’s not practical to always maintain a perfect home environment that looks like it’s on Instagram. Keep your home as clean as possible, but admit that it can’t be perfect.
“If you have young children, your home will always be messy.” Said Deluca. “If you admit this and give up a little, you can find much more stability. It is important to compromise in reality rather than pursuing perfection by pursuing ideals.”
* Translated and edited the US version of HuffPost.