House A Mess? The Psychological Reason Your House Stays Messy


Keeping a house clean and organized is frustratingly difficult. If you’re amongst the many that have a bedroom that looks like a bomb went off in it, here’s what the experts say is going on.

The Cleaning ‘High’ Fades Fast.Putting your clothes in your hamper feels good, but it’s not exactly day two of Coachella. TherapistKate Eckesays “you get an initial burst of energy when you first put things in order, but people don’t follow through if they don’t value it.” But instead of ‘chasing the dragon’ of a fully clean home, you could ‘microdose’ by completing small tasks like emptying the dishwasher.

Self Esteem. Psychotherapist Kelly Keck says “there is a sense of satisfaction or a promise for progress if a space is considered organized.” Which is something you’re more likely to be into if you’re not feeling low. People that feel bad about themselves don’t have a built-in attachment to order and don’t feel the need to keep up with it. So until you start liking yourself more, you’re not going to have an immaculately clean home.

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