The Cost of a Messy Home

“I keep my office at work organized, but my house. . . that’s another story!” I have heard that comment so many times. I wonder if what is happening for those people is that their work and keeping things organized at work takes so much of their available energy that they have none left over for maintaining a neat, clean and organized home.

I also wonder if they are choosing to invest the bulk of their energy at work because their financial survival depends on doing what it takes to keep their job. It’s as if they can afford to let the condition of their home slide, but they really can’t let things slide at work without experiencing consequences that they think they can’t afford.

Because I spend many hours per week helping people get organized in their homes, I’ve had the chance to observe the cost of a messy home. Here are some of the consequences of a messy home:

  • More chronic health issues, particularly autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, allergies, asthma.
  • Difficulty making decisions because you are distracted by the noise of the negative energy of your clutter.
  • Difficulty taking action to achieve goals. The negative energy of the mess affects your energy and your ability to think clearly to identify actions to take and how to take them.
  • Tend to stay in situations (jobs, relationships) that aren’t working longer than necessary because your mess keeps you immobilized and distracted from the reality of your situation and your options for change.
  • Waste money purchasing duplicates of items you own because you can’t find what you need when you need it.
  • Feelings of shame, inadequacy and low self-esteem, a reflection of the negative energy of the mess back onto your sense of self.
  • Feelings of irritability, hopelessness, overwhelm and apathy that can cause relationship difficulties and keep you stuck feeling anxious and depressed.
  • Inability of have family and friends over for social events because you are embarrassed by the condition of your home or it would take too much effort to clean up and restore order.
  • You might even deprive yourself of going out and participating in social activities because you think you should be home cleaning your house. However, you never seem to get it done.

Wow! That’s quite a list! A messy home affects every aspect of your life. It’s not a little deal. It’s a big deal! Letting home maintenance activities slide could cost you your health, your mental health, your marriage or primary relationship, your relationship with your children, your money, your sense of self worth, and your social life. If all of those things suffer, it’s quite possible that you will also have problems at work. Doesn’t it make sense that your first priority should be realigning your energy so you have some energy left to tend to those daily tasks necessary to maintain a neat and organized home?

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