The clutter that surrounds us is actually one of the biggest causes of stress in our lives. Whether at home or at work, seeing stacks of work to do, piles of clothes, unopened junk mail, loads of laundry, a messy desk, and other chaos really causes most people to feel anxious and overwhelmed, sometimes even depressed. It's hard to achieve a sense of calm when there's disorder all around, in the form of physical eyesores or the subtle kind that wreaks havoc on your mind. That's why it's important to take reign of the clutter in your life. Taking steps to get control of the disorder is the start of creating peace and calm. Read on to learn more.
An article on WebMD revealed that a cluttered space can be damaging to physical and mental health, increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol, can make you feel less satisfied with your life, make it harder for your brain to focus, can increase allergy symptoms, linked to depression, anxiety, binge eating, weight gain, insomnia, and more.
Clutter and Stress
Each person's definition of clutter is different. We all have our comfort level when it comes to the amount of stuff we want to have around us and to enter our lives. However, it's when you begin to have a negative reaction to all of this input that it becomes a problem. At this individualized and personal point, you're dealing with clutter. Usually, this breaking point arrives because your life is affected due to the amount of mess you're facing. Whether you're feeling closed in and agitated or you're physically constrained by the mess, you have a problem that needs to be addressed.
Benefits of Clutter Control
There are loads of good things that come from controlling the clutter in your world. You'll likely feel an increased sense of energy because you'll spend less time looking for things you've misplaced and will no longer feel as overwhelmed emotionally by your stuff. This can lead to greater productivity and getting more done. It's even been shown that folks begin to make improvements in other areas of their lives such as diet and exercise once the "weight" of excess clutter is lifted from them. Taking action in this one aspect of your life can have tremendous impact on other areas. Finally, you'll be much closer to achieving the calm you seek once you start to pare things down.
How to Get Started
The hardest part of freeing your life of clutter is getting started. This is especially true if you've lived in chaos for a long time. The good news is that this problem is relatively easy to tackle once you overcome your initial reluctance. The best place to start is the one that is causing you the most stress. For example, if coming home to your messy living room makes the idea of relaxing impossible; begin to clear things out in that room. Having a place to unwind at the end of the day might just be the catalyst you need to motivate you toward clearing out other cluttered places. It's also a good idea to enlist help in order to make the process more manageable and less overwhelming. Have your family or roommate pitch in or consider hiring a professional organizer if you live alone. Finally, get rid of anything you honestly don't use and find a "home" for everything else. When you cut down on the amount of stuff and put things in their place, you'll find life becomes a whole lot less hectic.
Now that you have a better idea about the impact clutter can have on your stress levels, you can start to make some changes of your own.