Is there a link between clutter & stress? Do you ever wonder how to declutter and why you feel the need to declutter?
“Dishes in the sink, toys throughout the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too.
At least that’s what researchers at UCLA discovered when they explored the relationship between 32 families and the objects in their homes. Our over-worked closets are overflowing with things we rarely touch. It turns out that clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem. CELF’s anthropologists, social scientists, and archaeologists found:
- The more stuff, the more stress women feel.
- The more dishes that pile up in the sink, the more anxious women feel.
- Even families that want to reduce clutter often are emotionally paralyzed when it comes to sorting and pitching objects. They either can’t break sentimental attachments to objects or believe their things have hidden monetary value.”
– House Logic
Does clutter cause stress? Does a messy room cause stress? Clutter & stress are linked… and now studies are giving us proof.
“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. 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.
Fortunately, unlike other more commonly recognized sources of stress, clutter is one of the easiest life stressors to fix.”
– Psychology Today
As a family of six, I know all about messes: toys, dishes in the sink, homework left on the counter and more. I have also learned how to stop these little messes, after recognizing that clutter does, in fact, cause me to feel stressed. I’ve even realized that when I yell, which I really try NOT to do, it is always when things aren’t as they should be: The dishwasher wasn’t unloaded, so now dishes are piling up in the sink. Shoes aren’t in the shoe basket, so now our son can’t find his shoes and we are going to be late. Homework was left on the counter, so now it has spaghetti sauce on it and that child is crying and angry with the person that spilled the sauce.
It’s an ongoing cycle… but there is a simple solution.
This is what I don’t want you to miss–>>> Last month, I received an e-mail from one of my good (blogging) friends, Rachel. She’s one of those friends that I wish I could see more often, but she lives many states away, so we make due with quick calls/messages.
She connected me with another blogger and said “Becky, I want you to meet Laura. She is planning a FREE online event called Get Organized HQ and we think you’d be a good fit.”
It turned out to be a perfect fit- It’s a free online event where different speakers will be showing you how they organize in their house. They are giving you step by step ideas on how to organize and streamline your life and home. These are all women who have figured it out & want to share it.
So… I joined them! I love sharing ways to organize because it keeps my life running smooth. With four kids – it’s just the way it has to be, or I’m sure I’d go crazy looking for things all the time. hahaha! I’m going to be talking about organizing those spaces in the home that tend to be “collect-everything” spaces.
If you’ve ever wanted to sit down and have coffee with someone (or 15 someones) to talk about some manageable steps you should take next to get your life and home running smoothly, this is going to be that time. :). I know many of the women in this, and they are all so sweet & helpful. Plus, they are all women who are busy like us, managing a lot of things at the same time.
Oh! Important –>> It’s only free for a few days, so grab it while you can.
I hope this was helpful! I signed up to hear what everyone else has to say, as well. 🙂