Clutter Cause Stress And Anxiety, Psychologists Say

Picture you coming home, opening your door, and the first thing you see is your home mess.

The kids left there toys everywhere, dirty dishes all over the sink, split drinks and bread cramps on the table, most people feel stress and anxiety knowing that they will clean every mess, and will spend their free time for more work, instead of taking some rest.

Psychologists say that cluttered space is a trigger of stress and anxiety.

Clutter usually doesn’t recognize as a stress thing, Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter explains that; “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.”

Why does clutter lead to so much stress?

According to Carter, there are 8 specific reasons:

  • 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.

Fortunately, clutter is a simple kind of stress, as stated by Carter, here are some methods that will help with this kind of stress:

1.    Get The Family To Help

If there’s a huge mess in your house, get the family to help you with it, don’t do it by yourself, maybe start with a room and give each person a thing to do, and so on.

2.    Create Places For Frequently Used Items

Putting the important stuff that you use most of the time in a drawers or cabinets and creating a specific places for them, allows you to find what you want everyday easily

3.    Get Rid Of Things You Don’t Use

If you don’t use it at all recycle it or donate them, and if you use it rarely store them in the garage or a storage places, don’t let them be in your sight

4.    Put Things Back After Using Them

A very helpful habit, putting things back to where they belong immediately can be very effective.

5.    Make A Pending Folder

A pending folder for all the paper and the things that you’re working on, will help free up some space at your desk and make it easier to find what you want

6.    Don’t Let Papers Pile Up

Clean everything quickly and keep it organize, unfished things help with the stress.

7.    Tidy Up Your Workspace Before You Leave It

Cleaning your desk after finish work will give you good feeling and also when you retune back in the morning.

8. Make It Fun!

Listening to your favorite music, keeps your motivation up and make the time pass faster.

What do you think?

Written by Toly Khawas

Toly is an Interior Designer by day, writer by night and a full time artist.

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