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Is clutter stealing your joy?

The best part of being a professional organizer is we get to see the joy brought back into a person’s home. When I get that call from clients they are overwhelmed, defeated, and looking for a better way to live. By the time we are done, the joy that we see in our clients is what keeps us going. We have seen parents get more time back with their kids, clients pick back up a hobby they loved, make their health a priority, and we have even had a client get out of debt.

You may have gotten so used to living with clutter that you don’t realize the impact it is having one your stress level and the energy it is draining from you.

The New York Times reported on a study conducted by a group of psychologist on the impact clutter has on your well-being. Here is what one doctor had to say.

Dr. Ferrari was part of a research team that questioned three groups of adults about clutter and life satisfaction: college students; young adults in their 20s and 30s; and older adults, most in their 50s.

The researchers measured participants’ general well-being in relation to how clutter might be affecting their lives, asking them to answer questions such as “the clutter in my home upsets me” and “I have to move things in order to accomplish tasks in my home.”

The study, published in Current Psychology, found a substantial link between procrastination and clutter problems in all the age groups. Frustration with clutter tended to increase with age. Among older adults, clutter problems were also associated with life dissatisfaction.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence that clutter can negatively impact mental well-being, particularly among women. Clutter can also induce a physiological response, including increased levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.

What are signs that you have too much clutter?

  1. Do you have to move things in order to accomplish a task?

  2. Do you find that you often buy things you already own?

  3. Do a lot of clothes in your closet still have tags on them?

  4. Are your closets unusable because they are so full?

  5. Are you constantly misplacing items because they don’t have a proper home?

  6. Do you own a storage unit?

Over the next few weeks, I will share with you on how to tackle the clutter. Or you can call us for a free over the phone estimate and learn how our team can help you.

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