Clutter or excess things in our surroundings can play a significant role in how we feel and function at home and at work. Clutter competes for our attention, and is a significant source of stress, impacting our ability to focus and limiting our brain’s ability to process information, according to a study by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute.

Why does mess lead to so much stress?

Dr. Bourg Carter, the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout, provides some reasons in her article for Psychology Today:

  • Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.
  • Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.
  • Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
  • Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
  • Clutter makes us anxious because we’re never sure what it’s going to take to get through to the bottom of the pile.
  • Clutter creates feelings of guilt (“I should be more organized”) and embarrassment, especially when others unexpectedly drop by our homes or work spaces.
  • Clutter inhibits creativity and productivity by invading the open spaces that allow most people to think, brain storm, and problem solve.
  • Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly (e.g. files and paperwork lost in the “pile” or keys swallowed up by the clutter).

Messy homes make us feeling depressed, overwhelmed and anxious too. Any day is a good day to start to declutter your home.

How to declutter your home – simple and creative ways from leading experts

I’ve collected some useful and interesting advice from leading experts in this area to help you to declutter your home, so you can minimize stress, feel better and spend more time with your loved ones.

10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home | Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker

The Art of Decluttering | No Sidebar by Brian Gardner

Less stuff, more happiness | TED Talk – Ted Talk by Graham Hill

18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess | Zen Habits by Leo Babauta


Take some action today. Plan the next “decluttering home” day. Relax and enjoy simplified life!


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