If that pile of paperwork on the counter, mound of dirty laundry, and your overflowing junk drawers are making you feel anxious and overwhelmed...your mess could be causing you more stress than you realize. Many reports even show that clutter has a negative impact on your mental well-being. With the pandemic still looming and families spending more and more time at home, we are consuming much faster than we're purging. And with same day delivery, even hourly delivery it's hard not to get inundated with STUFF! However, all this stuff is causing a negative affect on our health. One study found a correlation between procrastination and clutter. It can also affect physical health. Those surrounded by clutter during the day experienced increased levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol. In this case, which specifically examined married couples, women perceived more clutter and therefore more stress.
Although everyone perceives clutter, and too much clutter differently, what is constant, is that when people perceive clutter, they feel stress, and when people procrastinate, they’re likely to build up greater amounts of clutter—making them even more stressed.
Don't worry though, if you can start to control your clutter, you’ll instantly feel better and your home will look better too! Take one space or room at a time to not overwhelm yourselves, and if you need some inspiration, check out my favorite clutter containment items below for every space in your home! Happy Organizing,
*studies quoted from @domino
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