Clutter does not just look untidy, but it can also impact your life. Many of us have some sort of clutter within our homes, but clutter accumulation can begin to affect our lives in various manners. How can a cluttered home affect you?
Clutter can take control of your home. In addition to the visual impact of clutter, the presence of clutter can also present various physical obstacles that can pose a danger to those who come across it. If scattered across the floor, clutter can pose as tripping hazards. If clutter has been piling up, objects can potentially collapse and harm anyone who is in its path. An abundance of clutter can begin to obstruct pathways and entrances/exits, which can be dangerous in emergency situations. In the case of a fire, such obstructions can prevent residents from escaping and/or prevent emergency personnel from safely entering or maneuvering.
Not only does clutter affect you physically, but it can also have a psychological affect. Clutter can actually affect an individual’s cognitive behavior. When clutter is present, it can easily distract people and make the ability to focus and process information more difficult to accomplish. Struggling to focus can result in a decrease in task performance and an increase in stress and anxiety. Coping with the emotional hindrances and struggle to work can result in fatigue, which will only contribute to the stresses.
Accumulating clutter can be costly. Purchasing new items will add up, and with an abundance of items, additional storage may be necessary. The costs of various organizers, files, and storage solutions can add up and if storage units are required to house excess clutter, it can be a steep expense. The amount of space lost also has a financial toll. When rooms are crowded with clutter and you are unable to use the room’s intended function, you are actually losing out on money because you are spending more than what you actually utilize. When you own excess items, it can be easy to lose items. If you have difficulty finding a lost item or even forget you already own it, this can result in you spending more to purchase a replacement. If you lose important items such as bills, this can cause you to accrue late fees.
Clutter can also result in lost time. Have you ever tried one of those search and find puzzles to find an item (or person, in the case of Where’s Waldo?) in a crowded image? It takes time, and that is what it is like to search for a specific item within a cluttered residence. Think about how long it takes to search for an item among many or how much extra time it takes you to complete a task because you are so distracted by your surroundings.
Clutter can impact various aspects of life so it is important to address the clutter before it takes a toll. Try to be aware of your spending habits and your belongings so as to avoid purchasing too many items. Also remember that it is easier to maintain a residence than to try to fix it. If you consistently clean and organize, it will be easier than completely attempting to declutter and restore your property after excessive clutter conditions have been achieved. If your property already has too much clutter and is too overwhelming to address yourself, seek the help of a qualified professional, such as Address Our Mess, to help you sort, organize, clean, and declutter. Don’t let clutter control your life; take control of clutter.