Saturday, September 11, 2010

Clutter and Your Health

"Often people say that their homes aren't dirty, they're just cluttered. But clutter inhibits you from being able to clean your home well, as it is hard to clean behind and around things. Clutter promotes the buildup of dirt and allergens and increases your household's chances of respiratory problems. The health problems caused by clutter aren't just physical. In 1996, psychologists defined compulsive hoarding syndrome as a psychological disorder. In homes with severe cluttering, the residents nearly always suffer from anxiety or depression."

The previous paragraph was taken from the book "It's All Too Much," by Peter Walsh (professional Organizer from TLC's hit series "Clean Sweep"). Among many good ideas, this statement struck me to be the most profound in that I never considered how the act of acquiring more and more "stuff" as we seek to find satisfaction and security in our lives (aka: happiness) can actually become detrimental to our overall health & well-being.

This certainly made me examine my surroundings and re-evaluate the vision for the life I want to live. It seems to me that unburdening one's self from the "junk" of our lives only serves to improve it. Thereby giving us more freedom and energy to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life every day.

Remember, Wellness is not a luxury, it's a necessity.

Live Life Well,

John Aaron Villarreal

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