Cluttered House, Cluttered Mind: Why Mental Health Matters

Simply + Fiercely

Decluttering is simple in theory, but in reality, it’s an emotional drain. Usually, things get worse before they get better, and the whole process can add yet another layer of stress and anxiety to our busy lives.

If you can relate, keep reading because I want to offer a different approach. This perspective will not only help you to declutter but also relieve some of the mental load.

Clutter can increase stress levels by creating visual chaos and disrupting a person’s sense of control over their environment.

How does a cluttered house affect your mental health?

– A cluttered environment can increase cortisol levels, leading to depression or anxiety disorders. – Clutter can impact sleep quality, making it difficult to relax and fall asleep.

I’d argue that many people have a clutter problem in the first place because they’re struggling with mental health issues without proper support.

Does clutter in your mind create clutter in your home? In my experience, absolutely.

– Struggles with self-worth and self-acceptance. – Feeling unsafe in your home or body. – Unable to cope with stress or even past trauma.

Here are just a few examples that I’ve witnessed:

What are your first thoughts when you imagine someone with a lot of clutter? Whether it’s conscious or not, I’m willing to bet there are elements of judgement and negativity.

What does a cluttered home say about a person?

We project this outwards, towards other people with clutter, and these beliefs are also reflected back to ourselves. As a result, the chaos in our homes and lives is often accompanied by feelings of shame and judgement.

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