Why does mess lead to stress?

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Spring is here! I am loving the gorgeous cherry blossoms that seem to be everyone around Nashville (I took this picture in front of my son's elementary school). I hope you are able to get out into the sunshine and experience the newness of Spring. I find it a great de-stressor.

Speaking of stress...April is National Stress Awareness Month.  The dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.”

Stress and clutter -- why does mess create so much stress?

I recently read an article about this in Psychology Today. Click here for article. My take away from reading it (and I highly recommend you read it, too): Clutter distracts us from what is important.

In the article, Dr. Bourg Carter lists 8 reasons our mess leads to stress. While all the reasons are good, number 4 really resonates with me: "Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.” This sums it up perfectly. Clutter (whether in our minds or in our houses) gives us the constant, unsettled feeling of missing something. 

We all experience stress -- good and bad. How do we handle it?

Here are some healthy ways to deal with stress:

  • Exercise 

  • Eat healthy meals

  • Write in a journal

  • Breathe, breathe, breathe

  • Get enough sleep

  • Clear the clutter - mental and physical

If you want help clearing the physical clutter in your home, I'm here to walk alongside you.

Stephen Moseley