Stuffing things into closets and in drawers, boxes etc is terrible for our mental health.
I read ( I think in a great book called Stuffocation) that women are more likely to be stressed if their home is in disorder than men are. While I can’t do anything about gender inequality in this post I can say that since the presses and drawers in my home were put in order my background stress levels are down.
What I mean by background stress is different to regular stress. Stressing over regular things on our to-do list like laundry or hoovering when we have no time is visible stress.
Invisible or background stress is something which existed for me without even knowing it. It was the stress caused by my clothes being squeezed into my closet or the bottom of my press filled with random bags of things that didn’t have a place. It was the stress of having broken or obsolete items under my stairs because that was where I shoved things I couldn’t easily throw in the trash instead of hauling them to the bring centre. Every time I opened a drawer or went to get something I was subconsciously dissatisfied with everything being squeezed in. They weren’t things that I actively thought about often but they were there festering in the back of my mind, polluting it and taking up mental space that I now use towards my work. Overall, now that all my things fit in my wardrobe neatly, drawers aren’t overflowing, my deskspace is clear, I am certainly happier and clear headed.