Staying organized improves people's quality of life.
Just looking at the word can cause a feeling of panic or anxiety. Clutter is something that goes deeper than simple disorganization or a need for spring cleaning; it has become a subject of study for neurologists, psychologists and wellness professionals.
Clutter is more than a messy house -- it's a collection of behaviors that lead to a disorganized lifestyle. It's also a psychological condition marked by the reluctance -- or inability -- to part with unnecessary belongings. When clutter starts to have an impact on psychological and physical health, it becomes a deeper issue than a few extra plastic totes can fix.
Clutter has emerged as a valid source of scientific inquiry. Studies have implicated clutter in depression, anxiety and other health effects, including a general dampening of brain function.
In a National Institution of Mental Health study, visual clutter was found to decrease short-term memory and lower attention span.
The influence of clutter even extends to weight and cardiovascular health. "People don't eat well because their kitchen isn't functional, and they don't sleep well when their bed is piled high with stuff," explained Lynne Johnson, a professional organizer and president of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. "Clutter is a contributing factor in noncompliance with taking meds and keeping appointments and exercising and all those things that contribute to having a healthy life."
Experts in organization and mental health agree that getting organized enhances all levels of health: physical, mental and emotional. READ MORE
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