Did you know that more than four in 10 people in the US breathe unhealthy air? That’s because they live in counties with polluted outdoor air.
What’s more, all that dirty outdoor air can make its way inside homes.
Unfortunately, clutter can worsen the effects of both polluted indoor and outdoor air. We’ll give you the low-down on how it does so and why you should declutter your home, so be sure to read on.
1. Clutter Can Make Your Home Dirtier and Dustier
The folks at Home Maid Better say that dirt isn’t always visible; it can hide in corners, grooves, or niches. Things can get even worse if you have clutter, as it increases the surface area on which dust and debris can form. So, you might not see it right away, but thick layers of dust could’ve already formed on top of high piles of clutter.
2. A Cluttered Home Is Harder to Clean
Think about it: a bare floor only has one side where dust and dirt can settle.
By contrast, boxes with old stuff and other unused items have multiple exposed sides. The larger their surface areas, the more pollutants they can attract and allow to settle. The more surfaces that form layers of residue, the more cleaning work you have to do.
So, do yourself a favor by decluttering your home as soon as possible. This also helps you in the long run, as you’ll have fewer areas to give a thorough spring clean.
3. Clutter Can Lead to Poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Since clutter can allow more pollutants to settle in your home, it can also lead to poor IAQ. Unfortunately, poor IAQ can result in a myriad of physical health conditions.
For example, exposure to compromised indoor air can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. It may also contribute to dizziness, headaches, and even fatigue. Worst, unhealthy air can cause or worsen respiratory and heart diseases.
That’s why, as much as possible, don’t let clutter take over your home. Instead, get rid of piles of unused stuff and give your home a routine deep clean. Doing so can help reduce the number of pollutants in your indoor air.
4. Clutter Gives Way to Productivity-Draining Mess
According to experts, a cluttered desk is a huge productivity-killer. For starters, disorganized stuff that catches your eye can overwhelm your senses. The messier things are, the more distracting they can be, too.
It’s in that way that a cluttered home can also impact your cognitive skills and mental health. After all, if you’re unproductive, you’re likely to feel more stressed. Chronic high levels of stress, in turn, can wreak havoc on your physical and mental health.
All that further highlights the importance of decluttering and maintaining a clean home.
5. Pests Like Clutter
Pests, including bugs and rodents, love clutter because it gives them a safe place to breed. Some critters, such as termites, also gravitate toward boxes and paper as they can feed off it. Roaches, rats, and mice also prefer layers of clutter as they can hide and eat undisturbed in them.
Now, keep in mind that many of these pests cause severe and even deadly diseases. So, for your safety and that of your family’s wellbeing, get rid of all that clutter in your home ASAP.
Declutter Your Home to Keep It Healthy and Safe
One last thing about why you’d want to declutter your home: clutter can raise your slip, trip, and fall risks. Fall injuries, in turn, land approximately 800,000 people in US hospitals each year.
That, plus the five other reasons we listed above, should be enough to keep your home clutter-free.
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