Can Cleaning Your Room Make You More Successful?

According to a recently published book, called "Success Unlimited", the answer is yes!

These findings are not as difficult to explain. It all comes down to clutter and its potential to hinder performance and success.

Remember when your grandparents fixed everything at home, reused and upcycled it, simply because goods were not that readily available to them? Our forebears had to make everything themselves and keep it, because it was crucial for their survival. According to Tunajek, a researcher in the field, we might be genetically programmed to do the same. The fact that during the last 30 years the size of the average American home has grown 53 percent only serves to prove it. To top that 25 percent of the homeowners with two-garage car units, use both units just for storage and park their cars on the driveway.

Keeping all these items and maintaining them can cost us more time, effort and money, which can be useful somewhere else. But even if you think you can succeed with your two garage units filled up to the brim (I'm sure you can), there is something else you should keep in mind. Author Lana Jane Fox, founder of I Hate Cleaning argues, that powerful emotions are lurking amid items we keep. The longer we keep them, the stronger the emotions may become. As we keep physical clutter before our eyes, our thoughts, lives and minds might become more disorganised and cluttered too.

Clutter and Health

Clutter can severely affect our health in many ways. Not only it puts pressure on the individual by taking up space and tires the eyes, but is also related to weight gain, fatigue and unhealthy lifestyle. Clutter is also considered as a cause for depression. Remember tokens from previous relationships or painful memories? Being constantly reminded about the past might drag you backwards.

According to Karen Kingston (1999): "Clutter is stuck energy. The word "clutter" derives from the Middle English word "clotter," which means to coagulate - and that's about as stuck as you can get.

On the other hand, according to a spokesperson from an inner west Sydney carpet cleaning company, merely getting rid of clutter will require energy to be used and calories burned! Plus, no one wants to work out in a cluttered and stuffy room, or a dirty, sweaty gym, right? Imagine doing yoga in a room that hasn't been vacuum cleaned in weeks! Sometimes your face comes closer to the carpets and floors. Carpets are the filters of a home, keeping the air fresh by trapping dust and dust particles inside the fibres. However, coming in contact with a dirty carpet during an exercise session can cause rashes on the skin. Needless to say it will also be detrimental to the quality of the air indoors.

Clutter and Time

Clutter is also responsible for huge wastes of our most precious and limited resources: time. Did you know that on average a person spends 15 minutes a day just looking for lost/misplaced items.

Really unfortunate individuals spend up to an hour a day looking for some of those 9 most commonly misplaced items, according to a research by esure (a British insurance company): smartphone, house keys, car keys, paper work, sunglasses/spectacles, purse/wallet, lip balm, hair brush, etc. The list goes on, but the picture rings true, it is how we lose precious time and sometimes money too.

25 percent of Americans admit to paying bills late with penalties, because they had their bills misplaced or disorganised and missed an important deadline. In addition, fifteen minutes a day equates to over 5,520 hours or 230 days over the course of a person's lifetime.To top that clutter is sometimes responsible for tension among families and couples.

Remember how many times your mum yelled at you for being untidy? Or maybe, recently you had a nervous break-down when your hubby didn't put his socks in the laundry basket for the 293902394 time? This wouldn't be a problem if we knew how to be on top of clutter. Clean spouses (especially male)who help keep the home in order are perceived as sexier, enjoy better love life and get along with their partners better. And we all know a happy marriage is the key to both success and personal happiness.

Bottom Line

Cleaning- Good! Clutter - Bad!

Clutter and dirt can ruin first impressions and hinder your potential to succeed. Removing clutter can not only feel deliberating, but empowering too. Washing away dirt is equivalent to wiping past transgressions away. You know the symbolic "hand washing"? Well, it has an effect on our thinking too!

I will end this with a favourite quote by Joshua Becker: ”There is more joy to be found in owning less than can ever be found in organizing more.”


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Nkwocha, K., 2015. Success Unlimited: The Key To Unlocking the Secrets To Success. Mithra Publishing, Chapter 15, p. 189.

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Kornrich, S., Brines, J. & Leupp K. (2013). Egalitarianism, Housework, and Sexual Frequency in Marriage. Am Sociol Rev. 78(1): 26–50.

Tunajek, S. (2009). A Place for Stuff: Clutter Can Be Hazardous to Your Health.

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