Why Clutter Is Stressing You Out

Why is organization so important anyway? There are so many reasons to put off getting organized and cutting clutter in your home. I know I have many excuses like “I’ll do it tomorrow”, “I’m too tired”, and “I might use these things some other time.” But studies have shown that organization is important for our mental health. Did you know that? I sure didn’t!

Clutter Overwhelms Us: According to Psychology Today, “clutter bombards our minds.” This is why you feel so much better when you walk into a tidy room compared to a cluttered room. Clutter overstimulates our senses (“visual, olfactory, and tactile”) giving us added stress.

Clutter Makes Us Feel Unfinished: Clutter tricks our brains into thinking that we still have work to be done. This prevents us from relaxing, both physically and mentally. When a space is cluttered, we may also feel a little guilty for not cutting clutter.

Clutter Is Frustrating: When our homes are cluttered, it’s easy to become frustrated when we can’t find that certain item we are looking for. This frustration can quickly build causing more stress. We also spend more money when our homes are cluttered. When we can’t find what we are looking for, we tend to just buy a replacement.

Benefits of Cutting Clutter: Through cutting clutter in your home and life, it’s easier for your brain and body to relax because the number of distractions will be reduced. You will find that your frustration with trying to find missing items will quickly disappear because everything will have a specific place. Organization eliminates that guilty feeling you have when you look around your home and see clutter building up.

Cutting clutter from your life or home can be difficult, but it will make you healthier and happier in the long-run. Take a few minutes every day to work on one area at a time. Don’t try to tackle your whole home at once. Try breaking it up into smaller, more manageable bites! Invite your family to help you clear the clutter with you. You’ll be surprised how good you feel when you’re done.

Source: Psychology Today

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