Negative side effects of clutter

The ‘Clutter Series’, Part 2 – The negative side effects of clutter


The ‘Clutter Series’ discusses important aspects of the clutter in our homes and minds, including the close relationship between clutter and our general wellbeing.

Click here to read a summary of the main insights of this series.

What are the negative side-effects of clutter?

If we struggle to make let-go decisions, if we keep belongings that no longer serve us, we end up with clutter. We get surrounded by things that we no longer need, use, love.

Having too much clutter in our home creates clutter in our mind, too, and can make our life unnecessarily difficult and frustrating.

Clutter steals our energy, it limits our personal potential, and decreases our decision-making ability – we tend to feel stuck, overwhelmed and stressed.

We often struggle to take action to change our life to the better.

Living in a cluttered environment can be very harmful to our general well-being, mental health and social relationships.

These are just some of the many negative side-effects of clutter:

      • It’s tough to feel energised and excited when clutter pulls us down.
      • It’s tough to gratefully appreciate what we value and love if it’s hidden under layers of other stuff.
      • It’s tough to get active and take control when we feel encircled and besieged by an ‘army’ of clutter piles.
      • It’s tough to focus on projects and tasks when the clutter around us suppresses our attention and creativity.
      • It’s tough to engage with family and friends when our clutter leaves no space to entertain them.
      • It’s tough to sit back and just relax when our clutter stares at us and makes us feel lazy and guilty.

During major life transitions, getting rid of clutter becomes an absolute necessity: 

Change needs space: We have to be willing to let go of the old to make space for the new.

However, our physical and emotional clutter is very powerful in holding us back.

To move forward, into a new phase of our life, we need to make sure that we are no longer surrounded by stuff that’s related to the past and no longer of value to us.

We have to LET GO to MOVE ON!

Take the first step of your mind- (and life-) decluttering journey today.

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