Tell me – what is it about a chaotic and disorderly house or office desk that causes stress and anxiety? And not just because you can’t find your keys or your sticky notes, but just in general. Well, we all know how a mess can certainly rub us the wrong way despite the fact that, half the time, we are the ones actually causing it. Interestingly, there’s a recent study that answers that. It shows how mess and clutter can affect different areas of our life, revealing fascinating results such as being more likely to be creative if you work at a messy desk, or being more likely to be generous if otherwise, and even being more likely to make healthy choices if you are neat and tidy.
Find Out How Clutter Could Have a Negative Impact on Your Daily Life
Here are some of the negative effects of clutter that you ought to watch out for:
- Clutter can make you feel tired and even cause for you to procrastinate. Most of those who have clutter can’t find the energy to begin to clear it. Tiredness and lethargy is actually caused by the stagnant energy that stacks up around the mess. Worse, if you have a lot of muddle at home or in your office, you will tend to put off doing things until the next day.
- Clutter can congest your body and confuse you. When there’s a lot to tidy yup, the energy around you gets choked-up, and so does your body. Perhaps you have noticed how clutterbugs usually do not get enough exercise, have dull complexions, are often constipated, and show no vitality in their appearance. Also, having clutter can contribute to lack of clarity about what you are doing in general. You get confused and it’s only when you start clearing all the mess that you actually start to think more clearly thereby making decisions become easier.
- Clutter can affect the way people act towards you and it can lead to disharmony, too. People generally treat others by the way they treat themselves. So if you “let yourself go” and allow all those mundane junk to mount up around you, you end up attracting people who will mistreat you in some way because subconsciously, you feel that is okay and it is what you deserve. Besides, we all know how clutter can also be a major cause of arguments not just in families and between housemates, but also among co-workers, and business partners. If you are content living or working knee-deep in those chaotic stuff and the people around you do not, their lifestyle will most likely not impede your progress, but yours will absolutely hinder theirs.
- Clutter can dull your enjoyment of life, and worse, depress you. Just as untidiness fades the atmosphere in your home or office, it also mutes your ability to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. Disorder will only keep fresh winds of inspiration to enter your space and your existence. Not only that, the dormant energy of clutter will pull you down and make you feel unhappy or dejected. Feelings of hopelessness are worsened by clutter and can be alleviated to some extent by clearing it.
- Clutter can distract you from focusing on things that matter. Do you own your stuff or does it own you? Remember that everything you are in possession of has a call on your attention, so the more mess you have, the more your energy is wasted and tied up in mundane things. By clearing out all those junks, you give yourself an opportunity to embrace the freedom made available to put the more important things in your life in perspective instead of constantly mixed up in the details of daily maintenance.