10 Reasons You Need a Clean and Uncluttered Home, Even if You’re Lazy

My linen closet is beautiful. (To me, at least.) It’s full of fluffy white towels folded the same way and toilet paper arranged just so. Even the rags I keep in there are folded nicely. Every time I open the door I feel little sparks of joy.  

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My organized linen closet makes me so happy every time I open the door

My house is not brand new. The closet and shelves are remnants from the 1950s and a hideous brown color I would never choose. They’ve seen better days. Yet the closet is beautiful because it’s clean, minimal, and organized. There is nothing out of place, nothing shoved in, nothing falling out. 

For a dark closet that was constructed over 60 years ago that’s pretty damn good.  

It’s taken me a long time to get to this place, because I am inherently lazy about house chores. Some people can just naturally keep their homes clean and clutter free, but I’ve had to work hard over many years to come up with ways to do it. 

Has all the work I’ve put in to become a cleaner person been worth it? Hell yes! Every aspect of my life improves when my space is clean.  And even us lazy bums deserve all the good things that come along with a clutter-free living space.

Life can be chaotic. Busy. Stressful. And sometimes just stupid if we are being honest. But a clean, organized, uncluttered home can create an oasis of serenity in the midst of the chaos. There is something magical about a space that makes you feel light and good and like you can tackle the things life constantly throws at you. 

10 Benefits of a Clean and Uncluttered Home

1. Reduced Stress Levels

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Picture this: You walk into your home and instead of tripping over a pile of shoes you’re greeted by a clean, tidy entrance with everything in its place. Imagine how it would feel. Peaceful? Easy? A lack of frustration that heretofore you hadn’t experienced?

A clutter-free environment can do wonders for your stress levels. A study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people with cluttered homes experienced higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. People in cluttered homes also experienced more anxiety and depression.

By decluttering and keeping your living spaces clean, you’ll reduce stress, promote a sense of calm, and lower anxiety levels.

2. Improved Mental Clarity

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Ever heard the phrase “a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind”? Well, it’s not just an old wives’ tale. Science backs it up. Our brains like order and a disorganized space is a constant visual reminder of disorganization which sapps our cognitive abilities.

When your home is a clutter-free zone, your mind can breathe and focus more effectively. You’ll find it easier to concentrate, make decisions, and even get creative.

3. Enhanced Productivity

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Whether you work from home or just need a spot to tackle your to-do list, a clean and uncluttered home can significantly boost your productivity.

The visual distraction of clutter decreases our working memory and increases cognitive load leaving fewer brain resources to attend to things we need to do.

You won’t have to waste precious minutes searching for that notebook or sifting through piles of papers to find an important document. You won’t be constantly distracted by piles of things on the floor or dirty dishes covering your entire kitchen. Instead, you’ll have a well-organized, clutter-free space that inspires you to get that shit done.

4. Better Physical Health

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Believe it or not, having a clean home can actually lead to improved physical health. 

According to studies, people in clean homes are more likely to exercise and maintain good health. In addition, dust, allergens, and mold thrive in cluttered and neglected spaces, which can exacerbate allergies and respiratory issues. 

Keeping your home clean and well-ventilated can help prevent these health problems and ensure you are living your healthiest life.

5. Cleaning is Easier Without Clutter

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Let’s be honest; nobody wants to spend their precious free time cleaning. However, when you maintain a clutter-free home, cleaning is SO much easier and more pleasant. 

For us lazy people, any barrier to cleaning is likely to make us put that task off longer or not do it at all. And when we absolutely have to, it’s painful. But when your home is uncluttered you can tackle cleaning projects with ease and without tidying and decluttering beforehand. 

If you want to learn how to start cleaning the easiest and most efficient way possible, check out these articles:

6. Strengthened Relationships

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The state of your home can affect your relationships. A cluttered, messy space can lead to tension and arguments among family members or roommates. You also might be less inclined to host people in your home.

On the flip side, a clean and uncluttered home can create a more harmonious atmosphere and strengthen your bonds with the people you share your space with. Plus, you’ll be more likely to invite friends and family over, fostering social connections and making memories.

I physically cannot invite people into my house unless it’s incredibly clean, which a genetic train I inherited from my parents. So life is just a lot less stressful when my home stays clean.

7. Improved Sleep Quality

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A clutter-free bedroom is a place that promotes calm and order in your brain which translates to better sleep. Being able to relax in your sleeping space can help you drift off more quickly and easily. 

Anxiety can be a real problem for sleep quality and knowing you have your shit together in your home can reduce anxiety significantly. No more tossing and turning while you think about the long list of home chores that you’ve been putting off for weeks. Or months. Or to be honest, years.

As an anxiety-ridden person who struggles to fall asleep, there is nothing more important in my home than maintaining a clutter-free bedroom.

8. Boosted Self-Esteem

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The feeling of accomplishment that comes with maintaining a clean and uncluttered home can boost your self-esteem. It’s empowering to look around and see a space that reflects your ability to take charge of your life and surroundings. 

You’ll also feel more confident in inviting guests over, knowing they won’t be judging you for you mess. Your true friends are going to love you even if your home is a mess, but there’s absolutely a sense of pride when you are able to show off a beautiful, clean space. 

9. Financial Benefits

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Having a clean and uncluttered home can save you money. When you know what you have and where it is, you’re less likely to make unnecessary purchases or double up on items you already own. Like that time I stocked up on expensive face lotion only to find that I had ALREADY stocked up on expensive face lotion and forgotten about it. Ugh. 

Clutter leads to avoidance in homes which can then lead to costly repairs or replacements due to neglect. Or from stepping on something delicate that you left on the floor under a shirt. Don’t ask me how I know. Clutter costs money.

10. Environmental Consciousness

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Lastly, maintaining a clutter-free home can also contribute to a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. When you know what you have and use it efficiently, you reduce waste and minimize your environmental footprint. 

Case in point: when my home is a mess the last thing I can focus on is recycling all my used Nespresso pods. Did you know if you leave nespresso pods that you intend to recycle in a bag in the closet for years they will attract bugs? And if you’ve forgotten they are even in there you will have no idea where the bugs are coming from and spend months tearing your hair out trying to find the source of the bugs? And you maybe just want to die and give up at life because there are so many bugs? No, just me?

Anyway, keep your home clean. It’s a win-win for both you and Mother Earth. Not for bug proliferation.

Conclusion

Keeping a clean and clutter-free home is not easy if you are a person like me who is super lazy about chores.  BUT IT IS WORTH IT. There are so many reasons why, from mental and physical health to stress levels and sleep quality.

Next time you feel stressed out about your living space, remember that you can have a happier healthier, and zen-like home. There are many tools here to help you get started:

Your future self will thank you.

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