Clean Spaces Bolster Focus

by Cassandra Tejeda


It was a daunting class project that taught me about the over consumption of humans and the catastrophic effects it has on our environment, so much so that we now have created a geological layer of junk called the Anthropocene.

The popular, even trendy solution to our population’s over-consumption is minimalism. Minimalism doesn’t only promise to help the environment, but promises mental focus and clarity.

Minimalism in simple terms means to live with the bare minimum. To each person that means a different thing.

The first state of minimalism is decluttering. The purpose of decluttering is to face your consumption.

During this stage of decluttering it pushes you to understand your consumption patterns because just decluttering doesn’t help but maintain that decluttered space is what you want to achieve overall.

At the core this lifestyle isn’t just solely for the environment but also the promise of a happier life. One of the big motivations for people to live more simply is regaining the space to focus on what they love.

When you declutter, you have less things to upkeep and clean and a more airy space to work at. Being in a space that is calm, clean and spacious lend to giving people focus. That’s why libraries are necessary for students.

To take the environment of a library is hard to achieve but when you decluttering your space you begin to create a space that is just as motivating and less distracting as the school library. Maybe even less distracting because there aren’t people around.

“I can not focus or do my homework in my room unless my room is clean,” says Genesis Villa who is majoring in social science at WCC.

Definitely decluttered, I don’t like messy environments. I find messy environments distracting and I end up cleaning instead of doing what I’m suppose to be doing,” says Ola Przytula, a environmental science major.

“I think a decluttered environment is very helpful! When my room or house is messy I feel claustrophobic and anxious,” said Annayjori Rozon, a WCC nursing student.

One student said the opposite.

“Well personally clutter doesn’t mess up my focus but noise does,” says Joanna Toaponte, a nursing student at WCC.

Students overall seem to prefer decluttered areas over messy ones when focusing on school work.

It’s really no surprise decluttering has become such a trend because it seems to have a calming effect on people.

The Princeton University of Neuroscience Institute published the results of a study they conducted in the Journal of Neuroscience saying, “Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.”

Clutter limits your ability to process information. The ability to adapt to a messy environment is possible but over all people are less focused in cluttered areas, so if you feeling a bit distracted and unfocused maybe decluttering might be an answer to your prayers.

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