How Clutter Affects You

Most people have no idea how much their clutter affects them. You may actually fondly believe yours to be an asset, or at least a potential asset, after it has been sorted through and organized. It is only when you start clearing it out that you will realize how much better you feel without it. Here are some effects to watch for:

Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Tired and Lethargic
Most people who have clutter say they can’t find the energy to begin to clear it. They constantly feel tired. But the stagnant energy that stacks up around clutter actually causes tiredness and lethargy. Clearing it frees up the energy in your home and releases new vitality in your body.

Having Clutter can Keep You in the Past
When all your available space is filled with clutter, there is no room for anything new to come into your life. Your thoughts tend to dwell in the past, and you feel bogged down with problems that have dogged you for some time. Clearing your clutter allows you to begin to deal with your problems and move forward. You have to release the past to create a better tomorrow.

Having Clutter Can Affect Your Body Weight
A curious fact I have noticed over the years is that people who have lots of clutter in their homes are often overweight. I believe this is because both body fat and clutter are forms of self-protection. By building layers of fat or clutter around yourself, you hope to cushion yourself against the shocks of life, and particularly against emotions you have difficulty handling. It gives you the illusion of being able to control things and prevent them from affecting you too deeply. But this is an illusion.

Having Clutter Can Confuse You
When you live surrounded by clutter, it is impossible to have clarity about what you are doing in your life. When you clear it, you get fewer colds, you can think more clearly, and life decisions become easier. Being clear of clutter is one of the greatest aids I know to discovering and manifesting the life you want.

Having Clutter Can Affect the Way People Treat You
People treat you the way you treat yourself. So if you value yourself and look after yourself, people will treat you well. If you allow the junk to mount up around you, you may attract people who mistreat you in some way because subconsciously you will feel that it is what you deserve.

Having Clutter Can Make You Feel Ashamed
Perhaps you have reached the stage where your home is so cluttered and such a mess that you are ashamed to invite people over and positively panic if anyone turns up unannounced. You can live in lonely isolation with your junk, but wouldn’t you prefer to have a good clear-out, repair your self-esteem, and regenerate your social life with confidence?

Adapted from Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston. Copyright (c)1999 by Karen Kingston. Reprinted by permission of Broadway Books.
Adapted from Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston.


Lois M.
Lois M.3 years ago

I hate clutter, but my husband having been a piston head for over 50 years, keeps every single nut, bolt, lightbulb, cleaner, wax, shampoo, polish for chrome, paint, rubber, leather, chamois, microwipes, towels, magazines, calendars and all other auto-related items. A lot of it is stored in the garage and shed, but in the winter it comes into the house. We have separate rooms, so I just keep his door closed so I don't have to see it. This after so many arguments about it, that I just gave up. He also suffers from a lot of the symptoms that are noted in this article to be related to clutter. But he is beyond ever getting it cleared out.

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo3 years ago

Thank you! Clutter is dreadful! I hate it, but I'm so busy trying to help save the world in my own little way that I have let the mail pile up, and now I'm enundated with mail from countless philanthropic groups which I can't afford to sustain. It's such a shame because it wastes trees, their money, and I can only give a small amount to a couple of them. I have to go to the post office and put a stop to it before I'm buried alive. : /

Liling O.3 years ago

Guess no one likes clutter at all! It is really a mess and it can be very annoying!

The best way is to get oneself motivated and get started tidying and arranging things up,before it accumulates lots

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago


Tammie Chambers
Tammie Chambers3 years ago

already forwarded it a friend of mine...I hope she reads and understands it. she suffers from obesity, depression, lethargy. and 'lives' in the past.
it actually does become clearer after you de-clutter. Ive done half the house, including my closet. I feel less stressed when i get home at the end of the day.

susan b.
susan b.3 years ago

Clutter makes me feel good, but it has to be organized clutter. I like a lot of things around me, otherwise the house looks so boring.. It's hard to dust, but I love looking at a beautiful room filled w/ my memoirs and thing I love to look at. I've got to be careful when it comes to my clothes tho..too easy to over buy and collect :(.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Bethany M.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you.

Penny C.
Penny C.3 years ago

I cant live with clutter.I have an empty box for goodwill & one for recycling in my closet to get rid of things I dont use.

Susan S.
Paul Stephan3 years ago

So true.