It’s Not Just the Clutter

If you have clutter, do you think the only issue before you is the fact that you’re looking at piles of stuff? I’m here to tell you that it’s about much more than that. Clutter and piles bring with them a host of problems and getting rid of them brings on a host of positive outcomes. One time, I worked with a client who told me that the week we purged and organized her home office, she lost seven pounds. Not seven pounds of clutter but seven pounds from her body. I believe she thought I would think that what she was telling me was crazy, but it wasn’t one bit crazy to me. I believe it’s 100% true. When we’re surrounded by clutter, it can take an emotional and mental toll on us. Knowing it hasn’t been taken care of can bring on guilt and embarrassment. Every time you walk past that area or many areas of your home with clutter, it can nag at you somewhere in the back of your mind. You should be taking care of this your inner voice may tell you. If you’re losing things, spending money replacing things, losing checks, losing out on business due to disorganization or arguing with family members over the “mess,” it brings extra stress that we don’t need.  Stress does a lot of bad things to our bodies, including creating excess cortisol-a stress hormone. Too much cortisol has the potential to wreak havoc in our bodies, including weight gain. So, ya, I do believe my client.

I encourage you to take care of clutter now to improve your home life as well as your mental and physical well-being. You’re scale may just be waiting to go down too!

Courtesy of my Efficient Organization column in the Lake Stevens Ledger.

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