How clutter causes stress

I’m sure you can relate to that headline. In fact, I experienced stress sharing a workspace many years ago, which ended with me working somewhere else.

Here is the article I picked up from Rubbish Taxi. They asked me politely if I would share it here. I admit I had never heard about this organization before, but if you read their blog, this is how they introduce themselves.

“Our mission is to make friendly, honest and reliable our way of doing business. To deliver the best experience for our customers. To remain a beacon of innovation and success when it comes to recycling. To make a difference. Changing the world one load at a time.”

And here is the article, if you are interested, in preventing stress!

Modern living has plenty of advantages, for certain. The pace of life is faster than we have ever been used to, with our schedules having gotten easier than ever to manage and pack and fill. Stress is certainly a byproduct of this modern lifestyle, of course, and as such we have had to adapt to any number of sources of this stress. Getting by in the modern age has called for us to learn as much as we can about juggling the tasks we cover in a day, as well as find a healthier lifestyle to balance things out in general.

There are many ways that clutter raises our stress levels – both a little and a lot at a time.

  • Practically speaking, clutter is frustrating. When a workplace or room that is supposed to be orderly and neat isn’t, it’s harder to find things, and sometimes when you finally locate the stapler it becomes sheer hell trying to dig out the box of staple wire. Keys, both solo and on more visible key rings, get swallowed whole by the clutter on the desk. When we can’t get work done because we can’t find the things we need to do the work with, clutter is getting in the way of our accomplishing much – and the feeling of something so insignificant having such a profoundly problematic effect is difficult to put up with.
  • Clutter represents work that is undone. At the very least, it’s the work of putting things in order that we obviously have yet to complete – and this only escalates when the clutter actually, literally is made up of work items that haven’t gotten addressed. That book you meant to read. The notes you were supposed to arrange and compile. All of this is very visually accessible – and unavoidable, in most cases – to you even when you think you’re just sitting there looking at it, making the nagging sensation of guilt and feeling trapped more and more clearly felt as time passes.

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