Do you ever feel like life is happening so fast and the moment you stop to look at your home you wonder, “how did I let it get to this point?” What about your calendar: Is it filled with appointments stretching indefinitely into the future? Have you gotten to the point where there is too much stuff?
Physical and mental clutter can interrupt your flow — both your ability to move and your ability to think – or what I like to refer to as, the inner and outer clutter. It turns out that your well-being could also become victim to what we might call the “clutter effect.” A collection of recent studies on stress, life satisfaction, physical health, and cognition all speak to the value of streamlining. Furthermore, Psychology Today stated recent study on perceptions of the environment and well-being examined the set of relationships among clutter in the home and subjective well-being…The underlying premise of the study was that because many people identify so closely with their home environments, the extent to which it’s cluttered can interfere with the pleasure they experience when being in that environment. Clutter can impact your ability to focus on daily tasks and diminish your productivity levels.
Cluttered homes often contain more dust, understandably, which can cause breathing issues. As the clutter builds, more dust is generated. The harder it gets to access different areas of the home to clean, the more serious these respiratory issues become. This creates the ideal living environment for pests like dust mites. Decluttering is truly important for your health long term!
Living in clutter impedes your identification with your home, which should be a retreat from the outside world and a place to feel pride. If you can’t feel relaxed in your home, then something isn’t right. Interestingly, “Mental clutter” is a state of mind in which you can't inhibit irrelevant information. University of Toronto's Lynn Hasher proposed that mental clutter is one of the prime suspects in the cause of age-related memory losses. As a result, you’ll be incapacitated when it comes to short-term memory tasks, and even in longer-range mental exercises when you have to come up with information you should know, such as names of people, that you can no longer find within your disorganized repository of knowledge.
Fortunately, there are solutions and resources available. Whether you want help with decluttering, organizing, and/or making a major shift in your own clutter and disorganized habits, Get Sorted, a professional decluttering and organizing service has the tools and expertise to make it happen!
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Amer, T., Campbell, K. L., & Hasher, L. (2016). Cognitive control as a double-edged sword. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 20(12), 905-915. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2016.10.002
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As an enthusiastic professional organizing expert, Kelsey aims to help people release their limiting beliefs and emotions surrounding clutter. With a degree in Social Work and a background in visual arts, Get Sorted is the perfect blend of Kelsey’s strengths, and she is thrilled to bring the joy of uncluttered living to Toronto.