5 Reasons to Clean Your Room as an Adult
By Chris Brown
Parents harping on children to clean their rooms is a near universal memory from our collective youths. However, whether through laziness or a lingering act of defiance, many have stopped the habit of room cleanliness in adulthood. A clean room is more important to a successful, healthy life than one might think. There are five science-backed reasons to listen to the pestering words of your mom now, as an adult.
Reduces stress and depression - A clean space improved overall well-being in a 2009 study comparing living spaces and mood disorders. Messy rooms contributed to higher levels of cortisol and increased risk of depression. The solution to this was also part of the cure itself, as a Scottish study found the act of cleaning reduced stress levels by 20 percent and a made bed produced a sense of accomplishment.
Keeps your allergies at bay - The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology suggests that dust, outside pollen, dust mites, and pet hair can build up in uncleaned rooms quickly, causing a greater likelihood and intensity of allergies. This makes sense when considering the nightly hours of sleep that take place a room's environment bubble.
Helps you make healthy choices - A 2013 study tested the influence of a messy environment on participants' choices. It found that participants placed in an organized, clean room were more likely to choose healthy snacks and make positive life choices (like donating money) than those in a disorganized environment. This shows how cleaning your room can have immediate psychological benefits for the decisions in your life.
Makes you focused - If you have to think less about where things are located, it makes sense that you would be better focused on your immediate task. This was supported in a Princeton University study that found messy spaces decreased concentration levels for participants. An individual's natural susceptibility to distraction, though, may influence the impact of clutter on their concentration.
Rewards you with more time - Cleaning your room, and making things easier to find, gives you the most valuable resource of all, time. Ten minutes of tidying up pays dividends in time saved looking for items or in free movement around the room. While it may seem small, that time spent looking for items adds up and isn't so minimal when running five minutes late to work.
The time it takes to keep a room or house clean (once an initial decluttering has taken place) is exponentially worth the personal benefits. Not to mention, there is a bonus social reason for organizing your living space: a clean room makes people want to enter it, including yourself.
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