Did you know?
There’s a professional rating scorecard for how clutter affects your well-being.
Have you ever wondered:
“How much does my clutter really affect me?”
This isn’t just about overflowing, unsafe homes like the show Hoarders.
The REALITY: Our homes are very much a measuring stick of how we live.
How much we invest in our homes to improve how we think, feel, and do life has been shown to be closely tied to our well-being and mental health.1
Clutter impacts anyone who feels overwhelmed by stuff in their space!
Do you know how much your clutter impacts you?
You might be surprised.
As professional organizers, we stay current on research and best practices to maximize your benefits from decluttering and organization.
These questions were developed by the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), and have been used in several studies linking decluttering and organizing to higher levels of well-being.2
We often think of clutter as “too many” things.
But the impact of clutter is a very unique experience.
Clutter is a personal and subjective experience of objects that inhibits the creation of self-identity and creates a stressful environment for the occupant(s).3
This is how a couple living in the same home can have very different opinions on clutter.
Stuff only becomes clutter when it starts to negatively impact your peace and productivity.
The first step in organizing your space and living your best life is: decluttering!
Clutter becomes chaos. It weighs on people emotionally and mentally.
Several studies have shown that decluttering is associated with joy, release, and happiness.3 4
Decluttering has been shown to improve sleep5, which is a big factor in brain performance, mood, and health.
When you’re able to manage clutter, your home environment can enhance your life instead of holding you back. A home that feels grounding, restoring, and nurturing unlocks your ability to focus on more important things like life goals and personal well-being.
Clutter creates a stressful environment.4
Seeing mess and unfinished tasks at home creates a lot of anxiety.
Feeling shame about all the things you “should” be doing around your house can be paralyzing.
Taking back your space through decluttering and organizing decreases your stress.
Thinking, reasoning, and remembering – these are all harder to do in a cluttered environment.
A few studies on children have shown that clutter affects performance on thinking tasks and increases behavioral problems.6 7
One study showed that people were more vulnerable to making unhealthy food choices when sitting in a cluttered, chaotic kitchen vs. an organized kitchen. 8
Decluttering frees up our minds to focus more clearly and make better choices.
The next step is to get organized!
Decluttering removes items that are no longer serving you.
Organizing takes it to the next level to maximize the functionality of your space.
Decluttering is a skill that can be learned and developed.
We transform spaces AND pass along skills.
We make sure our clients can declutter and organize spaces long after our services.
Get started today with our guide to Declutter + Organize in 3 Steps.
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At Joyful Spaces, we provide low-stress organizing sessions in Colorado Springs to help you conquer your clutter, and transform your space to make it creatively efficient, so you can get back to what you actually love!
We know that you want to be an organized person who has it all together.
In order to do that, you need to less stress from mess.
The problem is — you're surrounded by clutter, which makes you feel overwhelmed. We believe that getting your space organized shouldn't be so hard.
You shouldn't have to do it alone either!