Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects - how to achieve a specific look, which decorating style to emulate, new design trends that you should check out. That’s only one piece of the puzzle.
An area that’s not always taken into consideration is the psychological effect of interior design on your subconscious. Believe it or not, the choices that you make when deciding how your home will look have a documented effect on your emotions and perceptions.
Clutter affects our mood.
Research states that if you want to focus to the best of your ability and process information as effectively as possible, you need to clear the clutter from your home and work environment. Evidence shows that you will be less irritable, more productive, distracted less often, and able to process information better with an uncluttered and organized home and office.
Why is this? The clutter competes for your attention in the same way a toddler might stand next to you annoyingly repeating, “candy, candy, candy, candy, I want candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy …” Even though you might be able to focus a little, you’re still aware that a screaming toddler is also vying for your attention. The annoyance also wears down your mental resources and you’re more likely to become frustrated.
When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.
Similar to what multitasking does to your brain, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively.
What can you do about this in your home or work space? De-clutter! Donate anything you no longer use, dust and wash everything once a month and tidy up on a daily basis. You'll feel the results immediately!
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