Tidy House, Tidy Mind

© Depositphotos.com/Olga Yastremska

© Depositphotos.com/Olga Yastremska

Did you know that your work environment has a huge effect on your focus, mental state and productivity? From artificial light to clutter, a variety of factors can make an otherwise productive, hardworking person struggle to stay focused.

This environmental impact on your mental state extends beyond the office. From your workspace to your living room, spending time in a messy environment puts you on edge and makes you feel less mentally alert and comfortable.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the old adage “tidy house, tidy mind” to see just how true it really is. From creating habits to clearing your mind, read on to learn the myriad ways a tidy environment can increase your focus and mental clarity.

Being tidy creates productive habits

Cleaning your home is just like exercising – it’s far more difficult to make it a habit than it is to do it in the first place. Once you get up and start tidying up, it becomes natural – a habit that you find yourself repeating whenever it needs to be done.

Create productive habits by keeping your home neat and tidy at all times. When a pile of clothing starts to accumulate on your bathroom floor or your kitchen starts becoming messy, clean it up before the scale of the clutter grows.

Tidy workspaces mean tidy minds

The world’s most productive office environments share two common features. The first is that they’re overwhelmingly lit by natural sunlight. The second is that they’re free of clutter, unsorted documents and other annoying office mess.

Keeping your workplace tidy does more than just simplify finding important items and documents. When your desk and work environment are tidy and orderly, your mind is more likely to be focused, productive and free of mental clutter.

Tidiness means fewer lost items

From your car keys to an important contract, losing items is a pain both at home and in the workplace. The best way to stop yourself from losing items is by keeping your home clean, tidy and organised so that they can’t go missing in the first place.

As well as tidying up mess when it appears, create a sorting and storage system at home so you intuitively know where everything should be. From everyday pairs of shoes to your car keys, stay organised and you’ll never lose important items.

Tidy homes feel more welcoming

The sun is setting and you’re on the way home from work. It’s been a long day at the office and you’re feeling worn out, tired and ready to relax at home. You open your front door and step into… a cluttered, messy and uncomfortable living room.

The tidier your home is, the more welcoming it will feel when you step in the front door after a long day at work. Give yourself the mental and physical relaxation you need after a hard day’s work by keeping your home clean, tidy and welcoming.

Tidying up is refreshingly simple

Many of the tasks we put off and procrastinate over are surprisingly quick and easy to achieve. Tidying your home does more than just create a clean, clutter-free living environment – it also shows you that taking action and decluttering is very simple.

This take-action-now attitude carries over into your work ethic and mental state. It only takes a few minutes to clean and tidy your home, and the simplicity of cleaning can inspire you to take action in other areas of your life.