Clutter Is A Trigger Of Stress And Anxiety, Psychologists Say

Most of us are tied up with busy work schedules. So imagine you come home after having a rough day at work and you notice that your place has turned to a messy place. How do you feel when you notice something like this?


It’s never an easy task to handle your kids. Especially when you have kids more than one. So your kids make piles of clothes, toys and small gadgets’ are everywhere, a lot of dirty cups and dishes to wash and definitely your dog can help you with making the place even messier.

So it is a fair reason that you would get angry and go nuts instantly. However, if you are worried about this, please hold on! According to psychologists, they say that that cluttered space is a trigger of stress and anxiety.

“Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.” Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter says.

Why is mess stressful and anxiety-inducing?

According to psychology today, there are 8 main reasons for this:

1. Clutter bombards our minds with extreme stimuli causing our minds to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t essential or important.

2. Clutter confuses us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.

3. Clutter makes it more problematic to relax, both physically and mentally.

4. Clutter continuously signals to our brains that our work is not ever done.

5. Clutter makes us nervous because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through to the bottommost of the pile.

6. Clutter makes feelings of guilt and awkwardness, especially when others unpredictably drop by our homes or workspaces.

7. Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by occupying the open spaces that allow most people to think, brainstorm, and problem solve.

8. Clutter irritates us by avoiding us from locating what we need rapidly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the “pile” or keys swallowed up by the clutter).

Here’s how you can efficiently do that

1. Now you see that your hose is full of clutter, so if you feel like you need to clean it by yourself, it’s a wrong decision, you can always get the support from your family members for decluttering.

2. You can create specific places for the items that you use frequently. In this way, it is possible for you to prevent clutter and it makes your day easier.

3. You need to make sure that not to use things which you don’t need or want. It is better if you can recycle it, donate it, or just throw it so that those things are no longer occupies a place in your home.

4. You need to make it a practice that once you finished using something,place it back to its correct place right away, so you can prevent the clutter from piling up all over the house.

5. Another way to prevent clutter would be, making a pending folder, so this can assist you in two ways, one way would be it clear your workspace, and the other way is that it makes easier for you to find pending projects.

6. Avoid making papers turn into piles, so you can go through all your newspapers, magazines, menus, flyers, and mail and get rid of those you don’t need.

7. You’ll feel more satisfied when you tidy up your workspace after you’ve finished working. It gives you a really good feeling when you return to a clean space.

8. Finally, make it a fun base activity. As you’re decluttering your home, play your favorite songs. Therefore, you can clean the place while listening to some good music. It makes you more active and faster, the time will also pass more quickly.

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