Clutter is an almost inevitable part of many households. It may come about as a result of things like time constraints, simple carelessness and inadequate cleaning practices. More than just making your home unsightly, however, clutter can also affect you in more subtle (yet no less alarming) ways. The question is: how?
To encourage a deeper understanding, it helps to know what “clutter” really means. In a nutshell, what one terms as clutter may seem like collections or plain keepsakes. Organizational expert Peter Walsh classifies clutter into two major types: “Memory” clutter which denotes things that helps us reminisce on noteworthy life events, and “Someday” clutter which denotes items you can’t throw away because you think you might need them someday.
You can only accumulate so much of any kind of clutter, however, before it starts to impact your everyday life and justify the need to pursue services like professional junk removal in Edmonton and elsewhere. There’s no discernible standard per se, but there are factors to consider that can help you determine if you need help: company (do you like your home clean enough to be ready for walk-in company?); organization (is your home organized enough that you can find what you’re looking for without searching?); and stress level (can you really relax in your home at all?).
Regardless of where you stand with these factors, if your clutter ever results in any of the following, then the junk may have already become too much for you handle:
Stress – This one often stems from an overall lack of organization. If there’s so much stuff just lying around, meager tasks like simply searching for shoes or important tax documents turn into tedious chores, which could eventually lead to stress. Prolonged stress can cripple your immunity, cause sleeplessness and even contribute to the development of conditions like heart disease, memory loss, and even cancer.
Weight Problems – It’s common for occupants of cluttered homes to be overweight, and the reason is simple: if certain areas like the kitchen are rendered dysfunctional by the mess, you’re more likely to order unhealthy takeout than prepare a more nutritious meal on your own.
Anxiety – With a cluttered space, you may feel extremely anxious at anticipating an unexpected visit since you’re ashamed of your home’s messy state. You can prevent this from happening by asking a local Edmonton junk removal firm like Bins By Jo for assistance.
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How Clutter Affects You, Care2.com, February 24, 2008