I recently posted the following article, by Lisa Kaplan Gordon, on my social media sites and have been pondering the connection between clutter and mental health in the days since.
Is every cluttered house a result of depression? Is every depressed person’s home cluttered? Of course not. However, I strongly believe there is a connection between the two. In my 13+ years of organizing, I can honestly say I see it quite often. If not actual depression, then definitely anxiety.
The article contains some great steps to start tackling the clutter in small ways and that’s the key, start small. But I maintain that even before you start touching cluttered counters, cabinets and closets all over your home, you need to take a step back and visualize. What do you want the space to look like? What would be calming for you? Believe it or not, it may not be an entirely cleared off, clutter-free environment. Many people find comfort in having objects out. The next step is to figure out ways to make the de-cluttering process more enjoyable. Light a candle, turn on the music, dance around while you work, put out the chocolate, whatever it takes for you to feel good and be ready to create the more relaxing environment you are craving.