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Are You Surrounded and Stressed by Clutter?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Researchers questioned three groups of adults in different stages of their life to find out clutter’s effects across generations
  • A strong association was found between procrastination and clutter problems, and clutter problems also led to a significant decrease in satisfaction with life among older adults
  • Women living in cluttered homes had increased depressed mood over the course of the day, while the opposite held true for women with restorative homes
  • When you’re in an organized, uncluttered space, your brain has an easier time processing everything that’s there, which frees up space to focus on other things

When you look around your home, is your mind sidelined by stacks of papers, piles of toys, heaps of laundry and an array of random stuff cluttering up your countertops, desk, dressers and virtually any other flat surface? Clutter is not just an eyesore but something that can have a significant effect on your mind, mood and even your productivity.

You may intrinsically feel the weight of clutter when it surrounds you, but research also bears this out, putting into more concrete terms an otherwise subjective matter. The recent popularity of Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, and other decluttering methods is a testimony to the number of people who are affected by too much stuff — and desire to do away with it.


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