Think about walking into a spa for your massage appointment. The minute you walk through the door, you start to relax. By the time you've made it to the "quiet room," your shoulders might have dropped an inch from your ears. Now think about when you walk into your home. Do you feel the same sort of relaxation? Is your home peaceful and relaxing?
If your home doesn't make you feel calm, chances are your clutter is to blame.
Clutter is stressful. It's been scientifically proven to raise cortisol levels and have a negative effect on our overall sense of well-being. After 10 years of decluttering over 600 clients’ homes and offices, I can tell you I have definitely seen a direct correlation between clutter and stress. "The piles on the dining room table and kitchen counter feel like a constant to-do list." "When I open a closet and it’s crammed with stuff, I want to cry." "I have so much anxiety thinking about what if something happens to me and my family has to deal with this mess." I've heard these words over and over again. The good news is that it doesn't need to be this way.
Busting through stress doesn't mean you have to create a Pinterest-perfect home. This room-by-room decluttering guide makes it easy to tackle clutter and manage stress: