• Lahni Carney

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...

Overwhelming clutter

This kind of mess can start to wear on your mental state.

You're not going crazy.

You're not alone.

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.