Your home should be your refuge. The place you come back to when you need to recharge after a day out in the trenches. It should be your place of calm.
Yet, when we are busy, stressed or are starting to have a decline in our mental health, our home becomes a reflection of that. It gets cluttered and that ends up making us feel even worse about ourselves and our situation.
Take a step back and look at the state of your house and see if it is telling you something. It could be saying you need to change your mental state and get on the right track. Whether it is student accommodation, or a big house, it shows that you have some things that need to be addressed.
In this article, we will go over some of the things a messy house says about your mental state and what you can do about it.
No decor or renovations
When your place still looks like you’ve just moved in years after you actually have, then it is a sign that you are waiting for your life to improve on its own. Bare walls with no pictures or paintings. Mismatched furniture. No real accessories and drapeless windows all add up to somebody in a mental limbo.
Even if you think you are not going to be living in that apartment forever, you need to decorate it and make it into your own little sanctuary. Start by adding accents that will improve your mood, like day and night blinds. If you can paint the walls, then add some color like warming burnt ochre. Otherwise, add some swaths of color with some accents like drapes and furniture.
Bring in some natural elements. Wood tables and chairs will add a calming effect to a room. And a water feature is a great way to put your mind in a relaxed state when you are home. Take a look at some of these indoor water fountain ideas to get some inspiration.
Dishes in the sink and greasy stove
Besides the fact that dirty dishes and food on the countertop is a breeding ground for pests, it indicates some signs of depression.
People that neglect their kitchen aren’t lazy. After all, nobody likes cleaning kitchens but people do it because it is not healthy to let it get dirty. If you feel like it isn’t important then this is a sure sign that you don’t value yourself.
One way out of that rut is to actually take some time to clean it and then maintain that. What may have started out as just a simple rut or seasonal affective disorder may turn worse by the fact that the dirty kitchen is turning into a source of anxiety.
Take a day, even if you have to use a sick day from work, to properly give it a good scrub down. Then set yourself up with a cleaning schedule so you can do a little at a time and not let it get out of hand again.