If you’re sitting in the middle of your cluttered living room reading this, you’re probably at the point in your life where you sick of dealing with clutter, and are looking for a solution to your problem.
It might help you to know that you’ve come to the right place. Clutter isn’t just an eyesore, it’s an emotional mine field, that can cause more than just frustration.
CLUTTER WRECKS YOUR FOCUS
Clutter limits your brain’s ability to process information, and can make you feel distracted. In a study done at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, researchers found that clutter competes for your attention, and wears down your ability to focus. To do your best work, clear away the clutter before you start your task.
CLUTTER INCREASES STRESS
Overconsumption and its residual clutter make your stress hormones spike. In study from UCLA of Los Angeles families with homes that were filled with an abundance of toys and household items, found that 75% of the families couldn’t park their cars inside their garages because they were overloaded with stuff. The researchers also found that the mothers’ cortisol levels spiked when they were home dealing with their belongings, but dropped when they left.
Clutter overloads your senses, just like multitasking overloads your brain, causing you to be stressed out and anxious.
CLUTTER CONTRIBUTES TO PROCRASTINATION
Clutter is essentially, procrastination. It’s setting something down with the ‘intention’ of dealing with it later. If your office or home is cluttered, you’re most likely procrastinating with other things as well.
CLUTTER COSTS YOU TIME
Clutter robs you of time you could spend doing something else. Think of all the time you spend looking for that paper, or your keys. As a society, we collectively waste 9 million hours per day searching for misplaced items!
CLUTTER COSTS YOU MONEY
How many times have you re-purchased something, because you couldn’t find the last one you bought amongst all the clutter? Which, at the end of the day, causes MORE clutter! In addition, nearly a quarter of us of admit to paying late penalties because we’ve lost bills, according to the National Association of Professional Organizers.
CLUTTER IRRITATES ALLERGIES
Clutter makes it harder to clean your environment, which creates a germs that aggravate allergies and asthma. Things that collect dust also collect dust mites, according to the Mayo Clinic. These microscopic organisms can trigger allergy and asthma attacks.
CLUTTER CAN MAKE YOU OVERWEIGHT
A recent study showed that people with cluttered homes were 77 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.
Clutter increases your stress hormone, which can cause you to gain weight, it also represents bad habits that can transfer to your eating habits as well. After working with families who have overwhelming clutter, organizing expert Peter Walsh noticed a link between over-consumption of stuff and over-consumption of food. In his book, “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight“, Walsh arms you with a simple 6-week plan to clear your home of excess stuff, and your body of excess pounds.
CLUTTER KEEPS YOU FROM LIVING IN THE PRESENT
Clutter is also a way of holding onto the past. According to feng shui principles, clutter represents trapped energy, and it is believed that when you clear clutter, you release negative emotions, generate positive energy, and invite opportunity into your life.
In her book, “Feng Shui That Makes Sense“, author Cathleen McCandless takes you step-by-step through the process of using feng shui principles to create a home that will please your eye, relax your body, inspire your mind, and lift your spirit.