This may be one of the eternal debates and one of the schisms that can end relationships with friends or partners who live under the same roof. ¿ To what extent is necessary that the house is impeccably clean? For many, certain disorder is not a bad thing and they claim to live well in their ‘particular chaos’ in which, despite everything, it has an order . This may sound convincing for many and even true for a few, but for psychologists and psychiatrists this problem is often linked to a particular state of people’s mental health .

As many experts recognize, the state of a house is often a clear reflection of the mood of the person who lives in it and, at the same time, has a rebound effect and influences in the same way. What is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’ in psychology? Well, the obvious in line with the language itself: Order reflects a good mood and disorder a bad one .

Despite what we work, the places we usually go to and the people we interact with, our home will always be the space in which we will be ourselves and the one that reflects many aspects of our personality. Everything between the walls of what we call ‘our house’ speaks for us without the need to speak . The furniture, the decoration , the utensils and, of course, the order are a clear reflection of our personality .

Messy house, messy life

It is worth mentioning that normally in a house are all our belongings, everything we need for our day and, more generally, everything we have in life. Therefore, the order or disorder that we have in all these things will perfectly reflect how our life is being at any level, professional or personal. Psychologists say that many times a high level of disorder and neglect could be a reflection of a fairly low and even depressed mood . The moment that person is no longer influenced by the space in which they sleep, eat or rest, it could be time for the alarms that something is happening there.

At the same time, this disorder evident to the human eye will have a rebound effect, generating a feeling of neglect in the person who has caused it, entering an infinite loop from which it is increasingly difficult to get out. For this same reason, it is important to find a channeling system for emotions in the cleaning process .

Cleaning and computer improves your mental health

Although possibly when one is in low spirits, any household task can be anything but appetizing, experts say that in the art of cleaning and computers there is a whole series of stimuli that would make the brain itself begin to work better . As far as physical is concerned, it is evident that cleaning forces us to put our whole body in motion and, therefore, it is considered a physical activity like any other sport that helps reduce anxiety levels and generate necessary fatigue for a better rest .

In addition, the fact of being cleaning and ordering can keep us busy away from one of the biggest problems in contemporary society: mobile devices. Many times everything that we are consuming for an hour on our mobile phones, tablets, computers or even televisions generates an addiction and can be the source of a number of negative messages that are not exactly good for our mental health. Therefore, having the computer in our calendars and cleaning will take us away for a moment from all the stimuli that they send us, in addition to allowing us to rest also from the physical exhaustion caused by the screens , something that has also been shown to affect our perfect operation.

Order and peace of mind

Finally, in addition to the beneficial processes of carrying out the cleaning and ordering activity itself, the purpose of them should also be one of the reasons for carrying them out. Psychologists recognize that clean and orderly spaces also have a positive effect on our mood . The fact that our eyes see order, this will be transferred -to a certain extent- also to our mind making us feel that everything is better than it seems. In addition, the fact of verifying that this has gone forward gives us confidence in ourselves in the face of other aspects of our lives .

Order and professional performance

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, houses have ceased to be places of passage where people eat and sleep and have also become workplaces . This also translates into many people spending 24 hours a day without setting foot outside their home and, therefore, those four walls are the world we inhabit. For this same reason, making the home a pleasant and especially livable place has become something of vital importance .

It has been shown that external stimuli to what we are working on negatively affect our attention and performance . For this same reason, it is recommended that workspaces are free of distractions and not overloaded with personal or garish objects. That, when it comes to working at home, can get even more complicated when you don’t have a large space enabled for work .

Taking this into account, the experts recommend that our houses are also as tidy and clean as possible when you start with your professional obligations . The fact of being at home makes it impossible for us to disconnect from what happens in it or to ignore certain things. For this reason, working in a room with an unmade bed, a lot of clothes on the computer or even knowing that there is a pile of dishes to wash will make our performance much worse because we do not stop thinking about them. It could even be the case that we fall into the temptation in the middle of the workday to try to get rid of that in front of us that we had not been aware that it bothered us so much until we got to work. This is something that obviously should not happen.

NOTE: Although this article may contain tips that can help improve mental health, it should not be taken as the solution to the problems of those who are reading it. Just as physicians deal with physical health, experts such as psychologists and psychiatrists have to deal with mental health . If you’ve made it this far, be sure to pay attention to this fundamental aspect of wellness.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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