If your New Year’s resolution is for better health, start with your storage closet.
If you’re the type that keeps making the same resolution, year after year, to get in shape or eat better, maybe you should look to your environment first. Clearing out the clutter from your house and office can have profound results on your health and well being. Here’s a few reasons why you should add “get home storage under control” to your 2015 list of resolutions.
1) Improve your focus: Researchers at Princeton have found that clutter is distracting. Improve your focus and open your neural pathways by uncluttering where you do your work, or where you live.
2) Decrease your stress: In a study by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families, the researchers found a link between stress hormones and a density of household objects. The higher the density of stuff, the more stress. Interestingly, the study found that the correlation between too much stuff and stress hormones was only found in women. Men were not affected by the mess.
3) Open your lungs: Researchers at the University of Arizona report in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology that household dust can contain many contaminants, such as arsenic, lead, mold and fecal matter (from dust mites) and even the pesticide DDT. If you have a lot of clutter, you probably can not clean as well or thoroughly, and dust accumulates. The contaminants in the dust can exacerbate Asthma and other breathing problems.
These are just a few reasons why you should work on your closet storage this winter, on your way to a healthier 2015. Tackle one closet at a time, and revisit new storage solutions.