“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.” – Psychologist, Sherrie Bourg Carter
Why is clutter so stressful and anxiety-inducing? There are 8 main reasons:
1. It makes us feel overwhelmed and exposes us to unimportant stimuli, which makes our senses work extra hard.
2. It takes our attention away from more important things.
3. It makes harder for us to relax– both mentally and physically.
4. It signals to our brains that our work is never finished.
5. It makes us think about how we are going to clean up the mess.
6. It makes us feel guilty for not being more organized and embarrassed.
7. It hinders our creativity and productivity.
8. It frustrates us because it is difficult to find what we need.
Luckily, clutter can be easily fixed.
Here’s how you can effectively do that:
1. If your house is out-of-control cluttered, and you don’t live alone, don’t try to clean up the whole mess yourself! Get the family involved in decluttering. It will make everyone feel better.
2. Prevent clutter by creating specified places for things that you use often.
3. Get rid of things you don’t use, need, or want.
4. Put things back in their designated places after using them.
5. Don’t let your papers turn into piles.
6. Don’t forget to make it fun! Play music while you clean up and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment after you’ve finished tidying up.