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The physical, ‘tangible’ benefits of decluttering are obvious to anyone who sees them—a clean coffee table here, some neat and tidy wall shelves there—but there’s actually a lot of more subtle benefits that decluttering can bring you.

Namely, to your health and well-being. A lot of studies over the past few years have shown that living in a space without a lot of excess clutter and chaos can, over time, lead to a lot of benefits to your health, both mental and physical.

If you’ve been feeling a little more stressed out than usual, here’s a few ways that cleaning up around your house can be just the solution you needed:


Better sleep

Having less visible clutter in your bedroom can actually lead to a better night’s sleep. Studies have indicated that having a lot of visual stimulation in your bedroom can increase stress levels and prevent a restful night’s sleep. This goes beyond just not using your phone right before bedtime (although that’s always a good call). By decluttering your bedroom, you can prevent your brain from working overtime by responding to the things in your bedroom. Start by clearing everything you absolutely don’t need off your nightstands and making sure the drawers on your dressers are closed all the way. This will prevent your brain from thinking it has something else to be doing and help you relax when it’s actually time for sleep. (And put the phone down!)


Better diet

Believe it or not, having less visible clutter in your kitchen may inspire you to eat healthier. A study from Cornell University found that when messes in the kitchen are out of control, respondents were more likely to turn to high-calorie snacks before (and sometimes after) dinner. This research echoes findings from a 2013 study where subjects in a cleaner room turned to healthier snacks than those in a more cluttered environment. What does this all mean for you? Try to get your kitchen under control! Set up some pantry organizers and other countertop organizers to help reduce the feeling of ‘chaos’ in your kitchen and you might find yourself wanting less to eat after all.


Reduced anxiety

We all deal with a little anxiety sometimes, some of us more than others, but much like sleeping habits a lot of it can be linked to our environment. Psychologists believe that a lot of root causes of anxiety stem from feeling like you have unfinished business or something else that needs attending to. By leaving a lot of clutter around you house, you may be inadvertently fostering those feelings and causing yourself to be more stressed out than you need to be. The next time you start feeling antsy about how messy your house has gotten, take a second to tidy up whatever room you’re in—those feelings might just fade away.


Increased productivity

In a similar vein, having clean areas around your house will help you get more done period. By reducing the amount of objects in your field of vision, you can better concentrate on more than one thing at a time. Similar to the sleep example, having too much stuff in a given area will overload your visual cortex and hamper your ability to process information, leading to that old ‘scatterbrained’ feeling. Wherever it is you need to concentrate, like your home office desk or simply wherever you watch movies, try to keep it as decluttered as possible to help you get more done. (It also won’t hurt to be able to find your stuff more easily!)


Try a few of these decluttering strategies and see if your feelings of stress start to go down. You might just surprise yourself!

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