Reduce Clutter

Clutter and stress

Do these images stress you out?
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For most people, they do. This is because clutter is linked with stress.  A stress survey conducted on behalf of the Huffington Post revealed home organization is one of the most common stress triggers. 84 percent of those polled worry their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and 87 percent of the women polled experience anxiety over maintaining their homes.


When you leave a room, clean up after your mess, to save a headache later. Also have a place where everything belongs. If you cannot store it, then get rid of it. If you find that you are no longer using items anymore, consider donating them to someone else who will use the item more often.

Clutter, both mental and physical, can do a number on our productivity and eat away at our time. Think of all the minutes we waste looking for items that aren’t where they should be. Plus the sheer stress of a cluttered life means we may miss deadlines, work longer hours, and lose important stuff. Clutter equals stress.

Some other tips: Instead of focusing on stuff, focus on function of the room. If it is a play room, then there will be a lot of toys for example. Think of a system to keep them all organized. In another room, maybe the intention is “office” but it has become cluttered to the point of almost no return. In this case, remove items that are not meant for the “office.” Place items in a storage room or donate the items that are no longer in regular use.

Some great questions to ask yourself are:

  • Do you like to have your home neat enough to have drop-in company? Are you happy to be company-ready after 15 minutes of cleaning?
  • Is  your home organized enough that you can generally find everything you’re looking for without having to search?
  •  Can you truly relax in your home, or is it an energy drain (feel stressful)?