I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying. “A crowded house is a sign of a crowded mind.” But is this statement true? When a tidy and well-organised person suddenly stops caring about the condition of his home and becomes a messy person, it is usually indicative of something unusual that happens in this person’s life – fatigue and feelings of hopelessness or both. Critical signs of depression. When someone suffers from depression, routine tasks such as housekeeping are usually less important. Although a cluttered house may not necessarily be a sign of a cluttered mind, it can be one of the early depression symptoms.
Here are some traits that some people can recognise.
We do not assume that a cluttered room is a reason for a diagnosis, but there may be individuals with mental illness to explain the way they live. The collector wants the mess to such an extent that removing something can be psychologically harmful. If this is the case, one may want to seek help.
Creatively and productively busy
You may have heard this phrase uttered by a crowded person: “Do not clean up the mess. I know exactly where everything is.” We’re sure you’ve probably seen the cluttered rooms of someone who’s not lazy, quite the opposite. They can always work on something that excludes cleaning. And yet they also have a firm idea of their environment, where they are pretty organised despite all the confusion. So don’t be surprised if an /writer’s workspace/living space is full of paints and books. They are more interested in keeping their home full of ideas than tidying.
Depending on the levels of dirt, a messy room can also be considered a home. Research has found that people with more confusing living spaces are less likely to adhere to social norms about how a person should live, feeling less stressed by the need to maintain cleanliness in their interior. That is not true for everyone, but those who keep things messy probably either like it that way or do not worry about it.
Of course, if this is a child’s cluttered room, his parents likely asked him to clean it. And this child probably refuses to do so. If this child grows up and still lives in a cluttered room, he may have trouble following the rules and accepting orders, believing that this is his room and he will do whatever he wants with it. These people can apply the same habits by leaving garbage on the table after eating by refusing to clean up this mess.
Researchers have found that people in the cluttered room are more adept at solving puzzles and riddles. It again speaks of an environment in which they feel a calmer atmosphere, like a living space that is comfortable and cosy, not clean and tidy. We are sure that the mind feels less stressed to deal with a problem if it does not feel pressured to keep things tidy. It may explain why many gamers can be adept at video games but need to clean up their gaming zone.
The worst messes are those with food. Someone with a cluttered living space is likelier to wait to clean their dishes and leave food utensils still inlaid with food to dry. That carries the dangers of mould in the living area and attracts mice, which can easily break through your cluttered corners, leaving small pieces of debris and holes behind. And even if you like rodents, their presence can turn your living space into a nightmare of sights and smells. Not to mention the horrible fast food one eats with this messy lifestyle.
Open to new things
Another test of people in clean and people in cluttered rooms. The participants were given smoothie menus. The results were that those in the clean rooms preferred the more traditional smoothies, while the occupants of the cluttered rooms enjoyed some new choices. We’re still determining how reliable this study may have been, but we assume you can count on a messy person to choose something exotic for dinner outdoors, whatever it costs. The study may be trying to say more broadly that someone messy is likely to give new things a chance. However, cleaning their room may not be one of those things.
As we said, there is a chance that the inhabitant of the cluttered room will play differently from the rules of society. Denying their parents’ request to clean their room can lead to many things being denied, including making the bed or washing dishes. Reluctance to clean and organise can lead to a refusal of more, and one may refuse to maintain order in public places. They can also become very defensive about their living spaces.
On the other hand, a cluttered room can signal more generosity. A study found that those who live in a messy room are more likely to donate more to charity. With so much clutter around, one feels that there is too much, realising how lucky they are to have so many things while others have less. We are sure many people want to get all this rubbish out but have yet to reach the kitchen. But please, if you try to donate these dishes, wash them first!
Some people find it very difficult to say goodbye to the things they love. You’ve probably seen these homes: they have tea sets that no one uses, old furniture placed on the balcony, an old bicycle that no one has ridden for a long time, and other useless things.
At best, this behaviour indicates a conservative personality: they do not want to change things and try to hide from these changes. The worst-case scenario is when a person constantly brings useless things home. That is a sign of obsessive behaviour and neurosis. These people can’t stop piling up.
Not many individuals can say that they love cleaning. However, specific individuals disdain it so much that it’s frightening: they collect all the garbage on their balcony or put all the dirty dishes in the sink until they realise there are no clean dishes left.
Procrastination is an issue that many individuals have to manage. It often manifests in our daily tasks. And it seems more logical to do a little work regularly instead of doing a lot. But in fact, people use excuses like “I’m bored,” “I don’t have time now,” or “I’ll do it tomorrow.” If you notice that you sometimes procrastinate, try to start with small things. Wash your dishes immediately after eating, and take out the garbage daily – this forms a healthy habit of doing everything on time. You will need this habit in more critical aspects of your life, such as work or relationships with others.