Clutter in your house can affect your mood. It leads to stress and makes people see your family in a certain way!

Clutter is a Bummer

So I read (ok, skimmed) this interesting article on Facebook the other day…actually, I only read the title. And I’ve now formed an entire philosophy based on that article title. Does that make me a bad person? No, just normal, right?
The article was called “The Link Between Clutter and Depression” and the tagline said “It’s been proven – Clutter is a bummer.”
So it led me to question how I felt about that. I don’t often read articles (or titles) that make me delve into my psyche on clean houses, because then it makes me feel like my house isn’t clean enough. But this was an interesting analysis.
The article, put out by Houselogic, discusses a study done by UCLA; it followed 32 families in California and their relationship with all the stuff in their houses. There were some interesting points in it.

Women saw a clean house as a sign of a happy, successful family.

This is interesting, because it would seem the opposite would hold true, as well; that a messy or cluttered house is seen as a sign of an unhappy family. This gave me pause, and made me question what type of signal I’m throwing out there with the state of my house. My family is generally happy and successful, but is my house reflecting that? I’m not saying that people should judge based on the condition of the house, but since they’re going to anyway (I can’t stop that!) then am I projecting the image I want to?

The more items a family had in the house, the higher the levels of stress.

I believe this 100%. This week, my master bedroom still had a couple of Amazon boxes from Christmas in the corner, as well as a tub of Christmas wrapping paper and paraphernalia. (Yes, I realize Christmas was a month ago; don’t judge.) But I cleaned it up this week, vacuumed and generally straightened up the room. My mood immediately lifted and I remembered that my bedroom is much larger than it had been feeling lately. So while I hadn’t been emotionally FEELING stressed, I still felt better once my room was cleaner.

So what?

I found this article interesting because it’s just a reminder that I need to keep my home as clutter-free as possible. I’m not going to go around my house and throw away everything (that’s crazy talk!) but it sounds like it would be beneficial to me and my family to keep our home as neat as possible. I know that can be difficult (especially with children who think nothing of leaving things on the floor) but I’m going to work my way through cleaning up my clutter and keeping it cleaned. Who’s with me?

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Does clutter seem to affect you this way? Let me know in the comments!

4 Comments

  • Ana January 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    The clutter bug is real, especially being wah(ers). When the house is crazy cluttered, I am more likely to feel “scattered” and less at ease.

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  • Rabia @ The Liebers February 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

    There was a bin of clothes in my room for about two months that needed to go to the Salvation Army. I finally made a point of sticking it in the van, and suddenly I’m not tripping over it in the middle of the night anymore. I don’t know why I put it off so long!

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  • Dezerie Stevens July 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    UGH, yes I agree. we have been doing a remodel and I feel like we are living like hoarders for the past month and a half. I do agree that it has affected my mood. I am not only stressed but depressed and easily irritated. I can’t wait to have my clean house back!

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