Clutter & Anxiety

Its not just you, millions of people around the world find that physical clutter in the home, causes anxiety. According to Psychologist, Sherrie Bourg Carter, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workspaces 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.”




Below are 8 major reasons why Carter believes this:



  • Clutter overwhelms us because it causes excessive stimuli so our senses go into overdrive
  • It distracts us from other things we’d like to focus on
  • It makes it harder to mentally and physically relax
  • It signals to our minds that our work is never done
  • It also causes anxiety because we have to think about how we are going to clean everything up
  • It can impede productivity and creativity
  • It makes it harder for us to find what we need and takes up space for doing other necessary things on our list


The Clutter Effect

There is research that suggests that when you do take the time to declutter or streamline your surroundings, whether it be your workspace, living space, etc it can help clear up your mind. You may find your equally cluttered thoughts are traded in for relief and happieness. Along with a cluttered space, hoarding and holding onto things you dont want to let go of, stuffing them into any area you can find, this leaves you victim to “The Clutter Effect.”  “The Clutter Effect” is when you experience stress, anxiety and are overwhelmed due to the cluttered environment to the point your quality of life can be threatened and your mental and emotional health can struggle.


The good news?

Stress and anxiety caused by clutter can be eliminated. Here are some tips to help you conquer the clutter in your own home:

  1. Clean up your mess right after you make it. If it is going to take less than 2 minutes, do it right away.
  2. Get your whole family in on helping declutter the home. Explain that ensued toys, stuffies or clothing is going to other families in need.
  3. Give everything a home. Group like items together. Items that are used more frequently keep more accessible, items that are not, don’t need the prime real estate in your home.


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