By Dorothy L. Clear, Certified Professional Organizer
Do you know the definition of irony? Here’s an example. I was working with a client that uses an air purifier in the bedroom because of allergies. Since there is an air purifier to help relieve allergies, you would assume that the client would dust and vacuum on a regular basis. But, that wasn’t the case. So, let’s work backward here. There was dust on all the surfaces, dust bunnies on the closet floor, and I don’t know how long it had been since anyone cleaned under the bed. Why not clean to help eliminate allergens from the environment so you either don’t need the air purifier, or so the air purifier doesn’t have to work so hard? A clean environment in conjunction with a purifier seems ideal.
Well, let me tell you about these homeowners. They were a young couple, with two small children, who both work outside the home. Time is their major issue. Because of time constraints, there is clutter. Clutter makes cleaning more time consuming. Other things, like keeping up with the laundry becomes more important than cleaning. Therefore, the dust builds up. Then, an air purifier becomes an easy fix. There are many health benefits, both physically and mentally, to living an organized life. Less clutter means less clean up time, better breathing, and lower anxiety levels. According to the National Soap and Detergent Association, getting rid of clutter eliminates 40 percent of housework in the average home.
According to Doug Kaup, in an article entitled Indoor Air Quality and Carpets, on the website Breathe Pennsylvania, “…you could control your allergies in the home if you control your Indoor Air Quality. You might be surprised to know that the biggest culprit is your carpet. Switching to solid flooring and using washable area rugs is the best way to control severe allergy symptoms. Assuming those symptoms are directly related to carpet issues.”
In a blog post from May 2013 on Huffpost, Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc, wrote, “When life becomes messy or disorderly, our physical as well as mental/emotional health can also get muddled and we become less energetic and less efficient. As an integrative physician, I find that when patients describe their lives as messy, disorganized, or inefficient, they often experience symptoms of bloating, congestion, inflammation, and poor digestion. If left untreated, these symptoms can progress to more serious health conditions. When people clear their clutter, discard unnecessary items, and detoxify their surroundings, the spaciousness and resulting efficiency they create can offer more energy, in addition to improved digestion, detoxification, and overall vitality.”
So, the answer is a resounding, yes! Being organized is good for your health! If your health is a priority then an organized home should be also.
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