HOW TO DE-CLUTTER AND DO-UP YOUR HOME TO BENEFIT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

They say a tidy home equals a tidy mind – but so many of us are living in cluttered, cramped and unsuitable homes after having to re-arrange our spaces to become makeshift offices, schools, gyms and a host of other facilities to accommodate our tier-determined routines and lockdown lifestyles.

In fact, two thirds of us (66%) admit to having clutter in our homes, according to new research from Homebase, as the average home dedicates nearly 50 square feet to clutter they have accumulated – with 27.6 million homes in the UK, that’s the equivalent to over 17,000 football pitches worth of space in our homes lost to mess and clutter.

This clutter has had even more of an impact on our feelings and emotions during lockdown, leading some to feel like everything is getting on top of them (23%), causing them to be in a bad mood (22%) or even giving them anxiety (20%). What’s more, as a result of our homes having to become multi-functional and the clutter piling up, one in six (16%) people admit they have fallen out of love with their homes during lockdown and more than a quarter (29%) feel their home in its current state no longer works for them.

Much of this clutter has accumulated as we’ve spent more time than usual indoors, which has seen an increase in purchases. In fact, since March 2020, 40% of people across the UK have admitted to buying more items than usual, with many of us saying that we have been buying more to cheer ourselves up (46%), overcome boredom (35%), and to help us do new things at home (32%).

But it’s not only lockdown-induced ‘boredom buying’ that’s led us to buy and hoard more in our homes. Many of us have been splashing out on items to improve our spaces and make us feel good. A quarter of people (25%) have bought furniture since we went into lockdown in March, while a further 25% have invested in some new plants and 16% have purchased equipment to work from home.

When it comes to renovating or revamping our homes accordingly, 38% of us want to prioritise storage for our hobbies which has become important to them in the last six months and 21% say doing-up our homes for the benefit of our mental health will be a priority for them in 2021.