Clutter & Depression go hand in hand. When clutter is weighing you down with the toys in the living room, beds unmade, dishes left in the sink… these things make us feel mentally cluttered. It makes our homes look messy and it makes our emotions feel messy.
Clutter & Depression go hand in hand
In the book Life at Home in The Twenty-First Century (This book was based on a rigorous, nine-year project at UCLA where middle-aged Americans are studied, watching how they use the space & things in their home), it states that clutter affects our mood. I couldn’t agree more. It affects our mood and how we feel about ourselves. This clutter, which is mostly things that we don’t even use, is weighing us down.
In the book, they found that there is a connection between the objects in the house & the stress hormone levels. More Clutter = More Stress. (Women were far more stressed by it than men).
Why? Women are judging themselves and others on the cleanliness of their home. In their minds, a clean home meant a happy home. It made them feel accomplished and put together to have a well-maintained clean home.
When we start to have too much stuff, it can really put a weight on us. An emotional weight, but still a weight. It makes us feel like we have a never-ending list of things to do.
It makes us feel frazzled and in disarray. It makes our tempers high and our patience low. Do you find yourself reprimanding your kids for not cleaning up? Or for no reason at all? It is because you are overwhelmed by the mess of it all, but having too much stuff. Do you know who feels our stress the most? Our kids. (It’s proven)
Why Does Clutter Make Us Stressed?
If you are thinking about how your house is cluttered… this is the time that you aren’t spending LIVING YOUR LIFE. Once you are able to free yourself from the burden of these extra physical things, the ones that seem tie us down, we can let them go and have more time to spend on enjoying life.
Your home is where you should go to relax. You can walk into a clean, fresh, sunlit home. You can walk into a home that welcomes you and invites you to feel joyful, renewed and calm. We are going to get there. You can start by decluttering your home.
What Can You Do About It?
If you feel like your clutter is causing you stress, what are you going to do about it?
You need to get organized. I have written a declutter course on how to declutter, clean & organize your home because I wholeheartedly believe that being organized saves my sanity. I’ve realized that you can not organize clutter. You have got to just get rid of it.
Did you know that over the course of our lives, we will spend an average of 3,680 hours (153 days) searching for misplaced items. This study found we lose around nine items every day (which ends up being 198,743 items over the course of our lives.) The items on the top of the list are keys, phones, glasses and papers. – Research & numbers comes from The Daily Mail
You probably have too much stuff. Most of us do.
You can sign up here for this Declutter Course & together we will clear your home of clutter! It’s the best thing I’ve ever done and thankfully it’s a way that others are able to declutter their homes, as well.
Why do people have SO much stuff in their homes? There are usually four reasons:
1- Sentiment: We don’t want to get rid of it and risk hurting someone’s feelings.
2- Fear Of Needing It: What if we want it ONE day? Will it come back into style? What if I want to make that fancy meal with that fancy appliance?
3- We have ‘backups’. I literally had two crock-pots for about three years. I had five cookie sheets… which was more than was even able to fit into the oven at one time. Why? It was my back-up.
4. Aesthetics: We keep things to make our house look “beautiful” but we end up keeping more than we actually want (and it makes us feel worse because it clutters our homes.)
ARE YOU READY TO DECLUTTER? YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS:
1- START MY free week-long declutter e-mail series to get started.
Every day I will e-mail you a “to-do” idea and together we will be decluttering your home. It is completely free. You will recieve an email from me every day.
2- DIVE INTO MY Whole-House Declutter Course. You will deeply declutter & organize your whole home with my help. It starts today, so join soon!
No matter which option you pick, remember that you can’t just push your clutter under the rug. You’ve got to get rid of that clutter and there is no time like the present!
Don’t be afraid to let go of things in your home… they are just things. The people in your life matter more and when you get rid of the things in your home, you gain time. You will stop looking for things, stop spending hours cleaning things, stop organizing the moving things. This will save you so much time and you can finally spend that time on the things that really matter to you.
ps- You are welcome to download this free cleaning PRINTABLE schedule for each room of your home. It’s free. I will e-mail it to you along with declutter tips.
Are you ready to move on? Read this next post…
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