If my desk is messy, I can’t concentrate. If the lunch dishes aren’t put in the dishwasher, I can’t even think about making dinner!
You may not have this problem to the degree that I do, but no one is totally immune to this phenomena. Science has proven that being surrounded by clutter interferes with the brain’s ability to process information and is a continual source of stress.
You might think you happily coexist with that messy desk, but neither your brain nor science would agree with you!
What Science Has Found Out About Your Brain “On Clutter”
Using MRIs and other tools to track the brain’s response to “disorganized stimulus”, researchers at Princeton University decisively concluded that clutter affects your brain’s ability to concentrate and process information.
Having an organized environment can make you more focused and productive. You’ll remember information better. It can even improve your mood!
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Joyce Marter has this to say about the effects of clutter on your mental state:
“Our environment is a direct reflection of our internal mental health and vice versa. So, if our home is disorganized our minds may feel scattered as well. By purging unneeded items from our homes, it is like deleting files to create disk space on your computer. Suddenly, the whole operating system is more efficient. There is less stuff to manage, tasks take less time because you know where to find things, and this decreases stress and increases your effectiveness personally and professionally. Organization promotes serenity and wellness in your life.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
You can watch her video Clutter Affecting Your Mood? below.
This News is Not Really New
The Chinese have intuitively known this for thousands of years. They developed a system called feng shui to increase energy flow in buildings for improving the health and happiness of the inhabitants.
If you need some help getting organized, I recommend Organizing from the Inside Out. This excellent book deals with the nitty-gritty of exactly how to keep your home, office, and even your purse in order.
Scientists Find Physical Clutter Negatively Affects Your Ability to Focus, Process Information at Unclutterer.com
Clutter Affecting Your Mood? at CLTV.com
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