Are you a pack rat? Do you have clothes in your house that you haven’t worn in over 5 years? Have you accumulated items in your life that you can’t remember where they came from? Clutter can lead to anxiety. A lot of “stuff” leads to over stimulation and over stimulation creates the conditions by which your brain has to many inputs. You being to have intrusive thoughts, you begin to think about the items, when the items are around…
From the article: “On a practical level, “the disorganization and chaos that clutter creates can make it more difficult to accomplish daily life tasks,” says Catherine Roster, Ph.D., a professor at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, and co-author of a 2016 study on the impact of our messy ways. What’s more, “clutter can increase negative emotions, such as feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or even embarrassed.” It can even induce a spike in cortisol, a stress hormone.”
There it is again our old friend cortisol. Clutter or “stuff” can be anything really. Your clutter might be different than mine, as an example someone you know may have 3-4 cars in their driveway they just “like to fix them” or you may know someone who has a house full of nick knacks. In the extreme you have hoarders who accumulates so much clutter that it literally takes over their living space. Ideally this doesn’t affect you.
Many people do not have this issue, but if you find yourself “collecting” things it might be time to take a hard look at your possessions. This isn’t minimalist post, you are entitled to have whatever you want if you aren’t harming other people. That said, when the season change it’s a great time to look at what you have. I will give you an example I have sports gear in my house. Basketballs, golf clubs, etc.
I have to much and it takes up real-estate in my house that could be used for something else or nothing at all. I don’t suffer from this particular anxiety but ideally, I should go through those items and give away the ones I don’t use any more. Removing items from your living space you no longer use (like old clothes) can reduce your stress from clutter but also increase your giving spirit which is a good thing.
Think about it, how many of the things that you have do you actually use? Do you even know how many possessions you have?