Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.
Why does mess lead to so much stress?
Fortunately, unlike other more commonly recognized sources of stress (e.g., our jobs, our relationships), clutter is one of the easiest life stressors to fix. Here are a few ideas:
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that clutter doesn't only apply to our physical environment. Mental clutter can be just as stressful, if not more stressful than physical clutter. Although there is an entire article (at least) of suggestions I could offer for mental de-cluttering, one of the most basic and useful tips I can offer on mental de-cluttering is to focus on one project at a time without distractions such as cell phones, emails, and other electronic gadgets. You'll be amazed at how much more you'll accomplish when you focus on a project without allowing anything else to get in the way. And while I recognize that's hard to accomplish in today's day and age, it is do-able—and I think you'll agree, well worth the effort once you see how much you get done and how great you feel about it once the task is done.
© 2012 Sherrie Bourg Carter, All Rights Reserved
Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout (Prometheus Books, 2011).