How does clutter affect our wellbeing?
In recent years, a number of scientific research has been conducted on the effects of clutter on mental health, personal relationships, and even our attitude towards food!
The results show that excessive clutter can cause feelings of ‘stressed’, ‘imprisoned’ and ‘depressed’.
One study shows that people make unhealthier food choices if you’re in a kitchen that’s cluttered, messy, and disorganised. Read more about the study here.
Another study found that in couples who lived in ‘cluttered’ homes, the female partner exhibited higher levels of cortisol i.e. a stress hormone.
According to the New York Times, clutter creates inefficiency and procrastination. If you’re finding yourself constantly leaving it to the last minute to lodge your tax return, or completing an assignment, it could be because of clutter. The idea of sorting through all your paperwork is simply too overwhelming and daunting that you want to delay it for as long as possible.
Clutter also deters the achievement of many personal goals. From personal experience, if I wake to a messy kitchen, then I’m much less likely to feel energised about the day because I started the day by cleaning the mess from last night!