Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Research has shown that physical clutter affects our brain’s ability to concentrate and process information. Neuroscientists at Princeton University found that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.
A study by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) explored the relationship between 32 families and the thousands of objects in their homes and concluded that clutter has a strong effect on mood and self-esteem. The study found that the amount of stress the families experienced at home was directly proportional to the amount of stuff they possessed.
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