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.
Declutter your house, a little at a time. I have a full-blown declutter course, if you are ready to jump in! You can start today & have your entire house decluttered before you know it. If you don’t know where to begin or if you’ve been putting it off, this is for you. Find out more here.