12 Surprising Ways Clutter Is Ruining Your Life

12 Surprising Ways Clutter Is Ruining Your Life

 

Why do we hang onto clutter?

For some, it’s sentimental reasons.  Shelves of books that remind us of a favorite university course. Hanging ornaments that were a misguided gift from relatives. Cherishing baby clothes that once fit our now-grown children.

Or could it be, as some studies suggest, related to fear. Fear of deprivation, fear of regret, fear that someday those harem pants will come back in style?

Either way, we all benefit from striking more balance. A happy medium between holding onto, and releasing, all the miscellanea in our lives.

Since clutter, it’s been shown time and again, can cause serious harm.

Life gets harder when clutter overtakes us. Everything takes longer. Getting ready in the morning becomes a struggle when you’re battling a cramped closet. Packing for a trip becomes stressful when you can’t find your passport underneath a mountain of paperwork.

And it’s not just us. Piles of stuff take a toll on our loved ones, too. Those with hoarding disorder have higher divorce rates than those who do not hoard. And children especially are sensitive to extreme clutter, since it can severely distress them – even outside the home.

Curious to learn more about the negative impact of clutter on your life?

Take a look at the below clutter infographic from MakeSpace.
MakeSpace Clutter Infographic

When you’re ready to start your path to a clearer life, take a look at this room-by-room guide to thoughtful decluttering. Also consider joining the Tidy Mind Facebook group for support and inspiration. Positivity? That’s one thing we could all use more of.

Note: Although MakeSpace doesn’t serve the UK at this time, they are growing! In the meantime, stay tuned to makespace.com to see where they’re headed next. And hop over to the MakeSpace blog for super actionable tips on organizing everything in your home.

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