How clutter affects children
I’ve always wondered how does clutter has affected me…and my son? So this month we wanted to start our blogs with this topic because I am seriously getting rid of everything I don’t need. My goal is to make my home more ‘Zen-like’. Yes, that’s right, I want to be in harmony with the spaces at home and at the office. When my home and office are messy I feel clouds hovering over my head – like a head-cloud, its quite stressful. Although I don’t have much I still think there is a lot that I have collected over the years that have to go to a donation center –asap!
We already know from previous research that a dirty home or office (or car) affects your stress level. But I wanted to know, does it affect me because I am old or is my son, Tyler, too affected because of unnecessary clutter at home?
In the NY Times, an article from 2008 indicates that getting organized is good for both your mind and body –reducing risks of falls, helping eliminate germs and making it easier to find things like medicine and exercise gear. The article goes on to indicate that many people think of clutter as a space / house problem so they buy storage containers to store things when in reality the problem is a behavioral. It requires a person to change their behaviors.
“Excessive clutter and disorganization are often symptoms of a bigger health problem. People who have suffered an emotional trauma or a brain injury often find housecleaning an insurmountable task. Attention deficit disorder, depression, chronic pain and grief can prevent people from getting organized or lead to a buildup of clutter. At its most extreme, chronic disorganization is called hoarding, a condition many experts believe is a mental illness in its own right, although psychiatrists have yet to formally recognize it. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/01/health/01well.html?_r=0
How does clutter then affects our children?
Children bloom on routine and structure, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ HealthyChildren.org website. Kids rely on things happening the way they have been taught they will and they flourish best in those kinds of situations. A chaotic house obstructs that feeling of stableness as the clutter gets in the way of the daily routine.
A messy house can have several negative effects on children, such as: different health conditions due to an unhygienic place, no freedom in inviting someone over last minute, restricted ability to focus, unable to find important items and learned almost inherited untidiness from their parents. Disorder will make your children distracted and unable to process information as well as they would in an organized, and undisturbed environment.
So What’s Really The Top Issues with Clutter? According to Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. on Psychology Today, clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important. read her full article here.