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“A junk room is the most important thing”: But a psychologist also makes it clear that order can make you happy


Tidying up is a good way of creating order in your home, but also in your head. But what is the best way to proceed? A psychologist gives answers.

Tidying up is a good way of creating order in your home, but also in your head.

But what is the best way to proceed?

A psychologist gives answers.

Do you live according to the motto “order is half life”?

Then the current “clean-up hype” will certainly suit you.

Not least because of the book author and lifestyle consultant Marie Kondō, tidying up has become more important.

For some, it has even become something of a favorite pastime.

A Japanese proverb says “

The disorder in the room corresponds to the disorder in the heart

” - and this can be quickly eliminated by mucking out and tidying up *, according to the assumption of some self-appointed tidying coaches.

Many psychologists are also concerned with the effect that order has on the human psyche.

This includes the psychological psychotherapist Ben Naoua.

In an interview with Welt, he answered why not every area of ​​the apartment has to be tidy.


Mucking out and creating new order in the household: an undertaking that involves some work - but is rewarded with feelings of happiness.

© Christophe Gateau / dpa

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"You can just throw everything in and it will be cleaned up in ten minutes"

According to Naoua, excessive perfectionism in housekeeping is not necessary. “A junk room is the most important thing in every apartment!” He says in an interview with

: “

You can just throw everything in and it will be tidied up in ten minutes

. That might sound wrong at first, but it's the same with our psyche. There are tidy rooms that we present to the outside world. And there are the messy places in our subconscious: the bad parts, our difficult traits and problems ”. If everyone showed these traits permanently, normal coexistence would not be possible, the psychologist continues. You just have to know that this chamber exists - and you should muck it out once a year.

Because who tidies up, also brings about a process of order in the head


“By tidying up, we can create order in ourselves again,” says Ben Naoua.

Feelings of happiness can also arise when we pull ourselves up and finally start clearing out the basement.

The so-called flow effect can also set in during the tidying up.

Namely when you forget the time completely absorbed in creating order and completely get absorbed in the activity.

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List of rubric lists: © Christophe Gateau

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2021-10-15

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