The leaning tower of pot lids that spills every time you open the cabinet door, that stash of unworn shirts taking up precious real estate in the back of your closet, the intimidating mountain of papers obstructing the view of your desk: clutter: It happens to the best of us.
But if you think clutter is just a physical nuisance, it’s not. Studies show that sheer accumulation of stuff also takes a toll on our everyday lives.
All that mess can prevent us from relaxing and wreak havoc on our day-to-day mood. Too much clutter can also threaten our safety, seep into our professional lives, derail our careers, and drag us into debt.
And it’s not just us – that chaos can affect our loved ones, too. Those with hoarding disorder have significantly high divorce rates. And children especially are sensitive to severe clutter, which can continue to distress them even outside the home.
Curious to learn more about clutter’s negative impact on your life?
Take a look at the below infographic from full-service storage startup MakeSpace. They analyzed various international studies, and also interviewed psychotherapists and physicians.
The result: A comprehensive look at the very real, very tangible effects that clutter can have on all aspects of your life.