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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.

Are you aware of the ways that clutter can affect your life?

How Clutter Affects Your Life

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 affects your life in more ways than you may realize.

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.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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7 years ago

clutter stresses me out.. my wife doesn’t like it when i declutter without her.. so i need to always run it by her.. lol

7 years ago

These is definitely some disorder in my house, but I blame it on the kids and always having to clean up other people’s messes. If I only had my own to clean up, it would all be perfect! LOL! At least I’m not a hoarder. I do love to get rid of things and free up space.

7 years ago

I like organized chaos. I always have a pile of mail, or coupons, or work papers sitting around. It may look messy to some but I know exactly what it is and where to find it!! LOL!!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
7 years ago

Clutter is one of the worst things for a home. It increases stress, and it makes everything harder.

Bri Radke
7 years ago

I always try to keep the stress level to a minimum, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. Thanks for sharing Rescue. I’ll definitely give it a try.

Chubskulit Rose
7 years ago

I agree 100% about de-cluttering. I can’t work or think straight when my desk is cluttered with my kids stuff. I always clean and organize first before I can work.

Donna Ward
7 years ago

I can soooo understand – and I always remind myself of Gestalt psychology which tells us to try and understand our ability to acquire and maintain meaningful perceptions in an apparently chaotic world. Keeping uncuttered in a chaotic world!

7 years ago

My entire house is somewhat organized chaos and I do feel the stress. Part of the stress comes from the fact that I can’t do anything about it because we just don’t have space. I can’t wait until we have our own place where we can organize and use space more efficiently!

7 years ago

Clutter is terrible. I’ve been trying to decltter for what seems like forever. It’s terrible and with a house of 8 I doubt there’s any escaping it!

Liz Mays
7 years ago

I didn’t realize there was so much surrounding a cluttered home. I can totally see how it could effect your behaviors and emotions.

Nina Say
7 years ago

Clutter is the worst thing in the entire world. It always depresses me when it just sits in the same spot forever.

Robin {Masshole Mommy}
Robin {Masshole Mommy}
7 years ago

It is definitely hard to look around at a cluttered house. I like to try to keep mine as clutter free as possible for peace of mind.

Ann Bacciaglia
Ann Bacciaglia
7 years ago

I have been de-cluttering my home for the last few weeks. I love how organized my house is getting.

7 years ago

Such a clean freak here, I can’t let things get too cluttered; it bothers me a lot!

Elizabeth O.
Elizabeth O.
7 years ago

It’s time for me to declutter again… I can’t believe how much trash I keep!

lisa @bitesforbabies
7 years ago

I can’t stand clutter plus I’m a little bit OCD. It literally drives me mad when I see clutter!!!

Cherri Megasko
7 years ago

Oh my goodness … this is so very true! Our circumstances have changed recently and as a result, housekeeping has fallen by the wayside. All the clutter just adds to the stress that resulted in clutter in the first place!

7 years ago

Oh man, I can tell you from experience that clutter is a killer for a person! lol, I used to have a lot of clutter… we combined 2 households of things when my husband and I got married and then accumulated a lot of his fathers stuff. Total craziness. I feel so much better now that we’ve gotten things under control 🙂

Mhie Lee
7 years ago

Organizing is one of the most important in my house,though having a kids around is impossible not see the clutters all over the house.

Creative Mama Renee
7 years ago

My desk is a mess too! I try to find time everyday to clean/organize one area of my living space daily (I have a 3 year old permabuddy so cleaning is a slow process…). Its a never-ending task of adulthood, right up there with laundry!

7 years ago

So important to declutter. I try to at least once a month.

Catherine S
Catherine S
7 years ago

I try to stay clutter free as much as I can. I bothers me to not have stuff in it place.

Ashleigh Walls
7 years ago

My boyfriend is the one who controls the messes. I hate things being messy but I cannot clean, it total drains me.

Adoring Family
7 years ago

I can see a direct correlation on how I am feeling physically and how my home looks as far as clutter goes. I think you made an excellent point there!

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies
7 years ago

Clutter certainly can have an effect on your life. I’ve realized that through time and am trying to cut things down.

April Decheine
7 years ago

I hate clutter, clutter makes us feel so overwhelmed. We moved to Florida and got rid of everything, so strange having no clutter.

7 years ago

Clutter piles up so quickly. I have cleared out my kids toys twice in the last couple of months. We still seem to be overrun with toys.

We did de-clutter my office and it feels like a breath of fresh air!