Is there a connection between being a packrat and having health issues? Is your clutter a serious health risk? You bet! Clients with the most serious clutter issues also seem to have the serious health issues.
Following a recent speech a participant told me that he’d been hospitalized and almost died several months ago. He said he’s a confirmed packrat, that he just can’t get rid of things. And, he wondered if his clutter could have been a factor in his recent health crisis. He also shared that he’d slipped and had fallen when his foot landed on a magazine on the floor. Yes, his clutter is definitely a health risk for him!
If you wonder if your clutter could be contributing to health issues, consider this:
- When a space is cluttered it is more difficult to clean, and dust and dirt accumulate. Dirty spaces become more and more toxic over time. Serious respiratory issues can develop in dirty spaces.
- Cluttered spaces feel bad, negatively affecting both your nervous system and your immune system.
- The energy and the air in a cluttered space tend to be stagnant, not moving. Stagnation is the first step toward death.
- Spaces stay healthy when there is a regular flow of items in and out. Like the human body, homes become toxic when elimination ceases.
Use the following tips to maintain a healthy home.
- Make it a daily priority to keep your living space clear of clutter. Fifteen minutes per day devoted to maintenance tasks that keep your home clutter free adds up to 91 1/4 hours of clutter clearing in a year. Fifteen minutes per day is a small investment of time, but can be a big investment in accident and disease prevention!
- Make it a family priority to keep your living space clear of clutter. If you are part of a family, know that keeping your home clear of clutter is not a one person job. Everyone is responsible for addressing the messes they create. Even children as young as three can be taught to regularly pick up after themselves.
- Create and commit to creating and following a plan to tackle and eliminate large pockets of clutter in attics, garages, and closets over a set period of time. Even committing 30 minutes to clutter clearing per weekend can make a difference if it’s done 52 times. That’s 26 hours of clutter clearing.
Make the necessary changes to your obligations and schedules to have sufficient time to maintain a clean, clutter-free home. Your quality of your health depends on it!