Why mess causes stress & tips to reduce it

stressYou ever wonder why you feel anxious every time you walk into that overfilled garage, or why your stress level increases when you fumble through that guest room you’ve used for storage? Not all causes of stress are within our control. The good news is, this one is! Clutter in our outer environment directly impacts how we think, feel, and function.

Here are a few examples of how clutter causes stress (you can read more ways mess causes stress in this article):


  • overloads our senses
  • causes distraction and pulls our focus
  • makes it harder to relax
  • sends the signal to our brain that we’ve left tasks unfinished
  • generates feelings of guilt / embarrassment

You can address clutter in your home by taking it one step at a time. You might find these tips helpful as you tackle your next decluttering project:

  • Make it a family project! Start in one area that you know you can complete so you can celebrate your successes together.
  • Define specific places for your most common items so they’re easy to find and easy to get to.
  • Don’t use it/want it/need it? Toss it, donate it, or sell it.
  • Get in the habit of putting things back where they belong.
  • Play some of your favorite music and make cleaning and decluttering more fun!

Read the full article: Why Mess Causes Stress – 8 Reasons, 8 Remedies