Can clutter make you sick?
Whether you’ve got so much stuff in your garage that you can no longer park your car, or you pay your bills late and incur charges because you’ve overlooked them in your inbox… clutter can cost you dearly. And not only in financial terms. The health effects can also be significant.
Clutter causes stress over time because it’s energy sapping – it makes it difficult to focus and it’s draining because we never get around to sorting it out. The result is that the levels of the stress hormone cortisol increases in our bodies – literally working on our nerves because hormones are such powerful chemical compounds that they can change the structure of our brains.
This kind of stress causes tension among family members or housemates, and health problems that could be serious – high blood pressure, anxiety or depression, heart disease or stroke, reproductive health problems, breathing problems or lung conditions, muscle tension and more.
The health issues that come with clutter are even present at microscopic level. Dust accumulates on display items in your home, ends up on flat surfaces and shelves, or in hard-to-reach areas that are unlikely to be cleaned often. This is a problem because it contains tiny little microorganisms that are the most common reasons for allergies that afflict us no matter what time of year it is, and leads to lung conditions like asthma.
One solution is to de-clutter and create more space and fewer places for dust to accumulate. But belongings have a way of multiplying again quickly, so this is usually a temporary solution only.
A more long-term choice would be to change where and how you live. Millions of people the world over have been moving this way in recent years – choosing more compact places to live because it makes it easier to live without so many possessions, and simpler and cheaper to maintain. Smaller homes and apartments keep growing in popularity and this is true in South Africa as well. Property developers are meeting this demand and a number of projects are in the pipeline to address the need, especially in the Cape Town CBD.
The Amdec Group offers a choice of options for this type of new urban living. They build world-class developments like The Yacht Club in the Foreshore, and the upcoming Harbour Arch, which will be their most ambitious project to date – a R15 billion development that will alter the Cape Town skyline.
If you’d like to look into living or investing at Harbour Arch, please contact Ilze Müssmann on 087 809 0000 or email@example.com for more information about the Amdec Group’s developments.