If you’ve been binge watching the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” like the rest of us, you’re probably at least thinking about trying to clear the clutter from your home. Unless you’re a minimalist, you probably have a bunch of disorganized stuff in your space but living in that clutter can be stressful for your brain. So if you need a little motivation to clear the clutter in your place, here you go:
- You’re overloaded by stimuli – When there’s a lot of stuff in the area you can see, it causes our senses to work overtime. So basically, too much clutter overwhelms the brain.
- Your stress levels skyrocket – There’s a link between living in clutter and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. A study found that for heterosexual couples who live in cluttered spaces, women tend to have higher cortisol levels than normal and so did the men who did the housework.
- Your judgment becomes less reliable – Another study found that our brains work differently when we try to make judgments in cluttered spaces, we tend to make the wrong call and are less confident in our choice than we should be.