Clutter is a Trigger of Stress & Anxiety -- why & how to fix it.
Updated: Nov 27, 2019
We've all been there. You come home at the end of the day and you're already feeling drained, but you walk into a mess.
Kid's toys scattered all over the floor, dirty clothes lying just outside the laundry bin (why not just in the actual bin??), dirty dishes overflowing from a previously empty sink...
This kind of mess can start to wear on your mental state.
You're not going crazy.
Like we discussed in The Duty to Declutter: Why Clutter is Effectively Ruining your Life, psychologist Sherry Carter claims that "clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes... messy homes and workplaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless and overwhelmed...."
Somehow though, most people don't seem to realize that clutter is at the root of why they're feeling so stressed out.
To refresh, Carter believes there are eight reasons why clutter is the cause of our anxiety.
1. Clutter makes us feel overwhelmed since it exposes us to a lot of unimportant stimuli, thereby causing our senses to work overtime.
2. It takes our attention away from things we should focus on (family, friends, making cookies).
3. It makes it more difficult for us to relax mentally and physically.
4. It signals to our brains that our work is never finished.
5. It makes us think about how we’re going to tidy up all the mess (this can be the overwhelming part).
6. It makes us feel guilty for not being more organized or embarrassed to invite people into our homes.
7. It hinders our productivity and creativity.
8. It frustrates us by making it more difficult for us to find what we need (causing time and money loss).
However, unlike some things in life that you don't have control over, clutter is something you can conquer.
We covered all of these things a few weeks ago... and now I want to dive into how to combat the clutter.
The best advice any professional organizer can give you: let someone help you.
You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed, unsure where to start... but you deserve the help!
Carter also suggests a few things:
1. If your house is full of stacks of clutter, don’t clean out things by yourself. Instead, hire a professional to come in.