This Is What It Means If A Messy Room Stresses You Out

Marie Kondo is a professional organizer who’s gained popularity through her Netflix show and inspired people all over the place to de-clutter. She’s had such an impact that charity groups are reporting a significant increase in donations year over year– St. Vincent de Paul reports that donations are up 38 percent in that period. But though it’s a trend now, it’s not new that some people are negatively affected by clutter psychologically. Psychologist Libby Sander writes for Mean’s Health that a 2011 neuroscience study found that clearing clutter from the home and work environment resulted in a better ability to focus and process information, as well as increased productivity. Similarly, a 2009 study found that higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol were detected in mothers whose home environment was cluttered. In addition, people who sleep in cluttered rooms are more likely to have sleep problems, and multiple studies have found a link between clutter and poor eating choices. Sander writes, “The findings suggested neat, ordered environments make us more likely to conform to expectations and play it safe, while messy ones move us to break with the norm and look at things in a new way.”
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Men’s Health