Clutter is something that a lot of people deal with and yet most do not realize the stress it could be causing in their lives. Sure, it might not seem like much or we might not think we have enough time to deal with it but if it’s holding us back and bringing us down something needs to be done about it.
According to Psychology Today, clutter in itself bombards our minds with excessive stimuli and that in itself makes our senses work overtime. When we’re surrounded by clutter it can be overwhelming and cause us to focus on that more-so than the things that matter. We in many cases are unable to properly relax and when our homes are cluttered the place we’re supposed to be able to wind down in becomes a place that does nothing more than wind us up.
Not only does clutter do those things but it also makes us feel guilty for not cleaning it up and anxious about how to get things done properly. Clutter isn’t something a lot of people realize can have such an impact on their lives. This meaning that many people under stress, as a result, aren’t sure where their pains are coming from and only digging themselves down deeper.
NY Times reported as follows on this topic just last year:
If you have to move things around in order to accomplish a task in your home or at your office or you feel overwhelmed by all your “things,” it’s a strong signal that clutter has prevailed. And it might be stressing you out more than you realize.
“Clutter is an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces,” said Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago who studies the causes of clutter and its impact on emotional well-being. And a cluttered home, researchers are learning, can be a stressful home.
Dr. Ferrari was part of a research team that questioned three groups of adults about clutter and life satisfaction: college students; young adults in their 20s and 30s; and older adults, most in their 50s.
The authors assessed volunteers’ tendency to procrastinate, asking them to respond to statements like “I pay bills on time” using a five-point scale, ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Procrastination is closely tied to clutter, because sorting through and tossing items is a task that many people find unpleasant and avoid. It takes time to file away important papers or sort through a dining room table buried under books.
The researchers also measured participants’ general well-being in relation to how clutter might be affecting their lives, asking them to answer questions such as “the clutter in my home upsets me” and “I have to move things in order to accomplish tasks in my home.”
Clutter in many ways has a serious negative impact on our lives and can leave us much more on edge than we need to be. Have you ever went to your desk and noticed that upon moving one thing to look for another you knocked over a few things and became so angry you forgot what you were looking for? If yes is your answer to this then clutter is controlling more of your life than you should be allowing it to.
Clutter is something that we find easy to get ourselves stuck inside but also not easy to get ourselves out of. While the first step to overcoming this kind of thing is to cut the clutter out and get things more organized, that’s easier said than done. For more information on this topic please check out the video below.