Reduce Stress By Reducing Clutter

November 22, 2019

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The holidays can be stressful enough, so if you want to lower your stress level, you need to get rid of the clutter. Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter explains why:

  • Clutter serves as excessive visual, olfactory and tactile stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime by focusing on items that are unimportant in that moment.
  • Clutter can distract our minds away from what we are trying to focus on.
  • Messes make it more difficult for us to relax mentally, emotionally and physically.
  • Clutter signals to our brains that our work is not finished, keeping us from resting.
  • Anxiety can set in when viewing clutter as we’re not sure how much more effort it will take to eventually get it all cleaned up.
  • Clutter can make us feel guilty for not being “more organized,” and also embarrassed, especially when someone pays us an unexpected visit at home or at work.
  • Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by draining valuable energy and focus away from our quiet times of reflection and problem solving.
  • Clutter can lead to frustration when we are unable to find items that we need quickly due to the mess.

So do yourself a favor before you start putting out those holiday decorations, and get organized. You'll feel better.