Eileen Mulligan, a counselor and life coach, says that stress warps your judgment. “Strong feelings…can seriously distort decision making,” she writes. “Find ways to reduce stress before making decisions.” One way you can reduce stress is to reduce clutter.
I admit it; I can’t think when things around me are in disorder. And I have trouble believing people who claim that clutter doesn’t affect them at all. When things are a mess, your brain can’t make sense of the visual landscape – you literally have too much information in front of you. This visual static keeps your brain from working on problems efficiently. For some people, this produces a sort of numbness – they feel like their brain is wrapped in a thick blanket. For others, it’s an irritant- they feel constantly strung out and stressed without knowing exactly why. Either way, the clutter has got to go.
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