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Clutter and Stress: 8 Reasons Clutter Stresses You Out

Clutter and Stress: 8 Reasons Clutter Stresses You Out

There is a strong correlation between clutter and stress. In fact, clutter can add stress to your life in a variety of different ways.

Today’s post will explore some of the ways clutter might be stressing you out. Knowing why clutter is adding stress to your life is a great way to motivate and inspire yourself to take action and do something about it.

Decluttering will not solve all your problems or remove all stress from your life. But it will remove the stress caused by clutter and too much stuff. Which is a great way to reduce your stress levels overall and make your life a little easier.

Clutter & Stress: 8 Reasons Clutter Stresses You Out

Clutter and stress: 8 reasons clutter is causing stress

1. Clutter is overstimulating

Clutter bombards your mind with a lot of stimulation and information to take in. When there’s a lot of clutter, all this stimulation and information can overstimulate and overwhelm your mind.

Overstimulation makes it difficult to concentrate, focus and be productive. As well as make you feel anxious, unsettled and overwhelmed.

2. Clutter raises cortisol levels

Studies have shown a link between cluttered environments and increased cortisol levels, particularly in women. Cortisol is a hormone associated with stress.

Clutter affects women more significantly likely due to societal roles and expectations, where women tend to feel greater responsibility for maintaining the home.

Clutter is always sending you messages. Telling you there’s more that needs to be done. Making you feel guilty for overspending, overbuying, or not being able to keep up with your home. Making it difficult to find and keep track of things. Not to mention the sentimental and emotional attachments you feel for your stuff, which can make letting go challenging.

Another significant reason clutter can raise cortisol and stress levels is that a cluttered home makes you feel a loss of control. Making your home feel out of control and reminding you of the work that would be required to restore order.

3. Clutter reminds you there’s always more to do

As mentioned, clutter is always sending you messages. And one loud message clutter is sending you is that there is still more to do in your home. It reminds you that your work isn’t done, there’s still more to do.

This can feel really overwhelming. And makes it difficult to rest or relax in your home – both physically and mentally.

4. Clutter makes cleaning more difficult

Not only does clutter make you feel like there’s always more to do, but it truly adds to your workload as well.

Cleaning is more difficult in a cluttered home. There’s more stuff to clean and more stuff to clean around. Making the task of cleaning your house more time and energy-consuming, frustrating and stressful.

5. Clutter is distracting

When your home is cluttered, all the clutter is constantly competing for your attention. Making it difficult to prioritize where your attention is going with so many distractions.

Clutter can keep your focus from where you want it to go. Distracting you from focusing on what is important or matters most to you.

6. Clutter causes decision fatigue

A cluttered home can also cause decision fatigue. When there are too many options, it means you’re making extra decisions throughout the day. Often to the point where you become exhausted and decision fatigue sets in. Meaning the quality of your decision-making abilities starts to decline.

Clutter means you’re wasting your stronger decision-making abilities on less important decisions. Simplifying means you have fewer options to decide between and can help reduce decision fatigue.

7. Clutter can trigger feelings of guilt

There are so many ways clutter can trigger feelings of guilt, which can be stressful and discouraging.

For example, you might feel guilty that your home is cluttered and feels out of control. Feeling like you should be able to stay more organized at home.

You might also feel guilty when you see all the clutter you spent money on but don’t use or love. You might feel guilty about gifts you don’t use or love but keep because you feel obligated, then stressed out because of the clutter in your home.

Read more about clutter and guilt here.

8. Outer order leads to inner calm

When your home is cluttered, messy or out of control, you tend to feel stressed, overwhelmed and out of control as well.

When your home is tidy, organized and clutter-free, you tend to feel more settled, peaceful and calm.

The state of your home often reflects the way you feel inside and vice versa. People tend to feel better in a tidy and orderly space. Creating order in your home can often help create order in your mind and life as well.

Clutter and stress: what to do about it

As you can see, there are a variety of ways clutter can cause stress in your life. Now that you know some of the ways clutter might be contributing to stress in your life, it’s time to take action and do something about it!

Here are a few ways to take action to reduce the clutter and stress in your home and life.

Take action

The first thing is recognizing that if your home is cluttered, you can do something about it. Your home doesn’t have to stay cluttered; you can take action, make changes and change the way your home feels.

Start small

You don’t need to try decluttering your entire house all at once. In fact, that’s a good way to get overwhelmed and burn yourself out.

Instead, start small and tackle one small decluttering project at a time. Try decluttering one drawer, one shelf, one cupboard, one pile, one box, etc. at a time. Small decluttering projects, repeated often, add up and will make a big difference in how your home looks, feels and functions over time.

Be consistent

The best thing you can do when you’re decluttering is to be consistent. Always be on the lookout for clutter you can remove from your home. Work on small decluttering projects consistently, aiming to do some decluttering every day.

Consistent decluttering is key if you want to clear the clutter from your home.

Find homes for everything

One of the best ways to create order in your home is by finding places or designated homes to keep everything you own. When everything has a home, items are less likely to get left out, floating around the floors and surfaces of your home causing mess and clutter.

Get rid of what you don’t use or need so you can easily find homes for the items you do use, need and love.

Clutter and stress: don’t let clutter and stress take over your home and life

I hope today’s post will help you see the connection between clutter and stress. If you don’t feel peaceful and calm in your home, that’s a good sign that it’s time to do some decluttering.

Recognize the ways clutter is causing stress for you, then take action to clear the clutter and create a more peaceful, less stressful home.

Do you notice a correlation between clutter in your home and stress? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Clutter & Stress: 8 Reasons Clutter Stresses You Out

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Monday 17th of June 2024

Your post has great insight as to why so many women are feeling overwhelmed these days. Too many choices, too much pressure to do more, own more, less time for what matters.

Thank you for sharing. Your expertise is greatly appreciated.

Simple Lionheart Life

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

I'm glad you enjoyed the post and definitely agree with what you said. There is "too much" of a lot of things these days. Thanks for reading :)

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