Decluttering and organization go hand in hand. I have talked about 7 Steps to Decluttering and this week, I want to talk about how clutter affects your life. I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a perfect homemaker… I’m more of what you would call a would-be homemaker or an uninspired homemaker. I’m also a very nostalgic and sentimental person, so sometimes letting go of things can be difficult.
My desk, as of this moment, is organized chaos. I know where stuff is but to the untrained eye… it’s a mess. I say this because it’s true and I also say this because it needs to get organized in a neater fashion. I’ll have another post about organizing your workspace in the future, so for now… let’s just say my desk needs some help.
I’m aware of the issue and I’ve been aware of the issue. I also know that having a more organized desk will only be more helpful to me in the future. But can clutter really affect your life?
Yes. It can.
6 Impactful Ways That Clutter Affects Your Life
How does your home make you feel when you walk in the door at the end of the day? Do you feel peaceful and glad to be at home because it is your sanctuary?
Alternatively, do you feel dread because there is a mountain of unfolded laundry in the chair, a stack of magazines spread all over the floor and a sink full of this morning’s dishes? Scientific reports claim the state of your house reflects the state of your mind. Disorganization and clutter indicate there is something out of balance.
The trick is learning what is off-kilter and how to set it straight.
Living in a cluttered home is stressful – for everyone. Mom is constantly pulled from what she needs to do to help someone find his or her homework. Dad is late for work because he cannot find his car keys. As the pressure to find those things that are lost mounts, so does the tension. Before too long, something or someone snaps.
Think about how you feel when you have misplaced something. You may berate yourself for being careless. You may feel frustrated and ready to give up. When your child comes in to ask a question, you may not respond in a loving manner and feelings are hurt.
Decluttering and organizing your home can help alleviate this problem.
Clutter drains you of energy and makes you feel tired. When you have to look at clutter, you most likely feel overwhelmed. You know you need to do something but you do not have the energy. Take time to clear the clutter from one small area.
It can help you and your family feel more energetic and more inspired to work on decluttering in other areas.
Did you know clutter could be making you sick physically? No one wants to think about it, but clutter can be the breeding ground for germs, dust, mold and mildew. It could even hide a problem with mice. If you do not believe clutter can make you sick, think of the stress mentioned above.
If you have too much stress, you may develop high blood pressure. Dust and mold can cause allergies or worse.
Clutter can also affect your body weight.
People with clutter are usually sedentary while those with an uncluttered home are active. Part of this may be because the clutter in the home makes it hard for you to move. You may also be using clutter, like being overweight, as a means to protect yourself.
Clutter keeps people at bay and so there is little chance that you will be hurt.
It pains me to admit it but at one point, this house was an absolute mess. Nowhere near what you see on Hoarders but it was bad. I’d love to point fingers and say that it was just my ex’s fault but it’s not. I was to blame for this as well. I had gotten to the point where there was only so much that I could do by myself and well, I let it go.
And continued to let it go.
I’ve vowed to myself that this will never happen again.