Many homeowners blame indoor pollutants on mildew, mold, cigarette smoke, pet dander, etc. indeed, these are all common forms of pollutants. However, typical household clutter may affect indoor air quality as well.
A cluttered space provides more surface area for pollen, dust, pollutants and other airborne particles to cling to. Excess clutter also means more hard-to-reach areas. Homeowners often ignore these spots, thus allowing more particles to accumulate over time.
A cluttered room also has less circulation. Of course, a clean air duct is essential for adequate circulation. However, even a clean ventilation system can only do so much if the room is littered with dust-covered junk.
Air quality aside, researchers have also linked clutter to numerous other health problems. Neuroscientists at Princeton University, for instance, discovered that clutter inhibits one’s ability to focus on cognitive tasks. If you believe in feng shui, some say that clutter also disrupts the flow of chi energy. Continue Reading →