A Tidy Home for A Relaxed Mind: The Effects Cleaning Can Have On Your Brain

Jun 10, 2019

Health & Lifestyle | Daniela Pisciottano


Have you ever come home from a stressful day at work and sat on your bed in frustration? There is nothing worse than feeling stressed and helpless but there is always a solution.

A study by psychologist Michael Tompkins has found that conducting “Mastery activities” can have positive effects on our brain, therefore relieving us from some of the stress accumulated during the day.

So, what are these Mastery activities?

When referring to mastery activities, psychologist Michael Tompkins talks about all those tasks that aren’t exactly fun but that will leave you with a great sense of accomplishment once you’re done. One of these is tidying up.

Tompkins talks about these tasks in relation to the famous Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, a series that took the world by storm, inspiring people everywhere to start going through every single drawer in the house to declutter it.

The psychological explanation behind the satisfaction that comes after tidying up is perhaps the reason why this show became so popular and we can see why.

A tidy house can instantly boost your mood and, whether you’re a lover of minimalism or you like to collect a few things, nothing should stop you from keeping all your possessions tidy.

When they say “tidy house, tidy mind” they are not lying; while this might not be the most enthusiastic activity to do in your free time, enjoying a glass of wine has a whole different flavour after you’re done tidying up!


Not being able to find what you’re looking for will only add more stress to your already stressful routine and de-cluttering is the key to avoiding it. Start from your wardrobe and work your way through the house. You might decide to get it all done in one day – perhaps on your day off – o to do one room per day, either way, make sure you leave enough time to finish whatever you started.

Leaving things half way will only add one more thing to your "mental to-do list" and that's not what you're looking for.

Make sure you get rid of everything you don’t need, like or want and don't forget to clear up your desk if you work from home. A messy workspace is the cause of distractions and it can lead you to be less productive. Make sure that space is tidy and free from anything that could cause a disturbance and enjoy your newly-found peace of mind!


A tidy house might not be the answer to all your problems but it can definitely help you feel better when you put your feet up and have a look around you after a long, stressful day.


Pictures: Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels

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