• Lahni Carney

The Duty to Declutter: Why Clutter is Effectively Ruining your Life.

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Have you ever felt weighed down by all the clutter surrounding you? Studies now show that clutter in the home can be a huge factor in why anxiety has become such a large part of society.

May 2, 2019

Clutter has become such a large part of our lives.

Do you have a storage room that’s filled to the brim? A closet that’s overflowing with clothes (with the tags still on)?

If you feel you have to “re-organize” a space every few weeks, or you’re feeling overwhelmed with the amount of things piling up on your kitchen counter or in the nooks and crannies of your home, it’s a clear sign that clutter has taken over –and it may be causing you more anxiety than you realize.

As psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter explains in Psychology Today, “Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.”

Carter then goes on to explain WHY clutter has such a strong influence on our anxiety.

She states that clutter forces our senses to work overtime (sensory overload), distracts us from what we should be focusing on, and makes it more difficult to relax (physically and mentally).

Clutter also sends a signal to our brains that the day’s work is not yet finished — not only that, but the sight of clutter creates anxiety because of the sheer amount of it all can lead to feelings of guilt and embarrassment.