Our homes are supposed to be our safe spaces and if things are not as we feel they should be, our safe spaces become compromised. For instance, if you are someone who keeps things tidy, living with those who clutter everything up and refuse to pick up after themselves can seriously cause you some negative emotions and side effects to come forth. 

Because clutter tends to make us feel overwhelmed and bombards our minds in general. The more clutter there is around us the more stimulated we are all the while trying to wind down. For this reason, it makes relaxing and calming down, hard. The more clutter there is around us the more stressed and anxious we will feel because of the lack of end that seems to be associated with it. We can’t get to what we need, and we don’t know how to find the time to get done what we truly feel we need to.

According to a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago whose name is Joseph Ferrari clutter is something that brings chaos to our living spaces and can put us in a very negative mindset. Its impact takes a serious toll on a person’s emotional wellbeing and can make things within their personal lives seem much worse than they might actually be.

Dr. Ferarri, according to NYTimes, has actually worked on studies covering this kind of topic and through one of his more recent ones he was able to find that there is also a serious link between clutter and procrastination among all age groups.

NYTimes wrote as follows in regards to these findings and Dr. Ferarri’s work:

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 findings add to a growing body of evidence that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, particularly among women. Clutter can also induce a physiological response, including increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

 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.”

The study, published in Current Psychology, found a substantial link between procrastination and clutter problems in all the age groups. Frustration with clutter tended to increase with age. Among older adults, clutter problems were also associated with life dissatisfaction.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, particularly among women. Clutter can also induce a physiological response, including increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

The more attention we place on how we handle clutter and how we remove it from our lives the easier it will become to remove stress from our lives. You shouldn’t feel bad asking for help when it comes to tackling those huge cluttered situations if you can’t do it by yourself your support team will be there for you. While it might seem hard to avoid clutter altogether if you keep things in their places things are not as complicated as they might appear.

How do you feel about clutter? Does a cluttered space stress you out or are you one of the few who are somehow not bothered? I for one cannot handle clutter in the least bit.

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