Episode 4 – Clutter in your home? What does the science say?

Aleena and Janine open this episode by chatting about how physics may partly explain your messy house. They go deeper into the scientific literature about clutter in your home – how bad is it really? And what can you do about it? Do Marie Kondo’s methods really work? What does ‘sparking joy’ even mean?! They are well placed to chat about all of this as they recently (and finally) cleared their remaining stuff out of the childhood home (it only took them 20 years!). And of course they found quite a few items that speak to their longstanding inner squares…

Thermodynamics, order, disorder, chaos! What does it all mean?

Clutter really does reduce our wellbeing

Our homes are physical places, but they are also much more than that. Together with our stuff, homes are an extension of our psychological selves. But sometimes we may start to accumulate so called ‘clutter’ – an overabundance of possessions that increases chaos and disorder in our homes. How does this affect us? By surveying adults with mild to severe issues with clutter in their homes, researchers confirmed that clutter does reduce the connection we have with our home and our overall levels of wellbeing.

The KonMariTM method of decluttering – does it really make you happy?

Wait, who even is Marie Kondo?

Unnecessary tangent…

What brought out our inner square?

It was a bit of a joint storytelling exercise this episode, as Aleena and Janine recently went to their childhood home to finally clear out stuff they had left behind. Sincere apologies to their father for taking almost 20 years to finally do this.

So… what did they find? Aleena’s obsession with housing every single university assignment in its own new plastic-bound folder, Janine’s mini-tape recorder which ensured she never missed a beat in lectures (there was a time before recorded lectures people!), and Aleena’s recollection of being dragged to university for the day by Janine “to experience how cool it is”, only to become stuck in a one-hour lecture about seagrass… which Janine found fascinating and absorbing, while Aleena was left questioning her future.

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