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Scientific Evidence Has Established That Clutter Causes Anxiety and Impacts Your Emotional Health

By Andrew Alpin, 11 May 2018

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For those believing in the power of energy and vibrations both good and bad, clutter they say can impact a home with negative energy. That may lead to various problems like stress, tension and anxiety. But regardless of this, clutter certainly makes your home look untidy and an eyesore.

1What is clutter?

Clutter can be called so many things. The most basic definition of clutter could be an “untidy mass of things lying around”. There are many people or rather most people who like a neat and tidy home but on the other hand, there are quite a few who live in a messy and unkempt environment. How do they do it? 

What is clutter

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2Clutter can impact your mental state of mind

Clutter just doesn’t work for some who require that meticulous environment to work be it at home or work. Research now shows that clutter can actually impact your mental state of mind and mental stability and is more of a problem than you think. 

Clutter can impact your mental state of mind

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3Clutter increases stress hormones

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Research at the Center of Everyday lives and families at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) found that there is a chemical relationship between clutter, anxiety and, stress. It thus seems that the wellness gurus and Feng Shui experts were right after all. The study observed that women whose homes were cluttered displayed higher than average levels of cortisol which is the stress hormone. 

Clutter increases stress hormones

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4Clutter reduces your power of concentration

Another study at Princeton found that when people worked in a cluttered environment, it had negative effects and reduced the ability to focus, concentrate and process information. These in turn lead to stressful conditions. 

Clutter reduces your power of concentration

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5Studies also found clutter has a negative effect and causes anxiety

Psychologists are now agreeing that clutter is a huge source of anxiety in people. Sherrie Borg Carter a psychologist and writer at Psychology Today agreed that clutter or a messy home and work environment leads to additional stress where clutter itself was a prominent source of stress

Clutter has a negative effect and causes anxiety

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