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This Mess Is Making Me Crazy: The connection between clutter and anxiety.

I had a little bit of a meltdown this morning trying to edit a podcast transcript.

Not because it was hard to do.

But because there was so much clutter around me!

Can you relate?

My guess is you can because the word is,

82% of women say they feel more anxious around clutter and messes.

Messy rooms can make you feel stressed and anxious,

even when there isn’t anything going on to “trigger” you.

Some people think that cleaning up everything all at once will make them feel better.

And it might.

Or it might overwhelm you to even think about it.

When you’re surrounded by clutter,

you might do one of these things.

  1. You rage clean and before you know it, the junk drawer is on the floor and the pantry is being gutted. Or…

  2. You freeze and start talking about what a hot mess you are. You decide there is no point in trying and nothing changes.

Exhale, my friend. You’ve got this!

You don't have to clean everything all at once, and

you don’t have to give up and sit in the mess.

Start by picking one… JUST ONE… mess to tackle.

Taking small steps, like cleaning up one thing at a time, makes a big difference and it gives you a chance to have a little dopamine party.

(Your brain LOVES dopamine hits!)

Each time you tidy up one thing, celebrate!

This is the fastest way to create new habits.

When you start to tidy up a little bit,

you'll notice that you feel happier, more productive,

and less stressed or anxious.

You’ll have that sense of control that your brain craves,

and you can focus more easily.

Plus, when you’re not stressed and surrounded by clutter,

you sleep better.

When you sleep better, you have more energy,

better focus and clearer thinking,

and you’re less stressed and anxious!

If this sounds like you but you have no idea where to start, reply to this email.

I know how overwhelming it is when you feel like you’re constantly battling

laundry, dishes, and junk mail.

And don’t forget the clutter on your calendar!

Asking for help is always okay.

Those are some solid stats!

I’ll help you create a step-by-step plan to declutter your house,

your thoughts, and your calendar.

You’ll have less stress and anxiety and so much more energy to

do the things you need and want to do.

Talk to you soon,


Your life beyond stress and anxiety begins with a decision. You can decide now to change how your body feels and how you respond when you're anxious, so anxiety loses its power. The question isn't, “Am I ready?” The question is, “Have I decided to be ready?” Ready is just one decision away. Talk to me about how I can help you make your decision a reality.

P.P.S. Be sure to check out Episode 35 of the More than Anxiety Podcast to hear more about Clutter and Anxiety wherever you listen. While you’re there, take a quick minute to leave a review and follow so you don’t miss a beat and help others find the podcast as well. Thanks!

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