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Published: April 28, 2023

What clutter does to your brain, your finances & your life

Did you know that your brain automatically reacts to clutter?

It’s true.

Clutter overstimulates the part of the brain responsible for processing information (the visual cortex).1

That tends to put our stress hormones (cortisol levels) into overdrive.

When that happens, it’s much harder to focus on anything, and we can easily get distracted.

That difficulty concentrating can lead to cognitive overload.2

It can also make us far more anxious and irritable.3


Because our brains crave order. It helps us process information faster.1

And, whether or not we realize it, our brains rebel against the disorder of clutter.

That can make life far more challenging and less enjoyable. And it can disrupt our sleep, our relationships, and our choices.3 This can directly impact our finances.

So, can we give our brains and our finances more order?

Want to read more about eliminating financial clutter? Click here to check out the rest.

P.S. When was the last time you were in a really cluttered space? And when was the last time you were in an incredibly tidy area? How did you feel in both spaces and what was different? Hit “comment” and share your response. I’d love to hear more about your experiences with clutter and the impressions they’ve made on you.


  1. https://bewell.stanford.edu/a-clean-well-lighted-place/
  2. https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/what-does-clutter-do-to-your-brain-and-body
  3. https://www.verywellmind.com/decluttering-our-house-to-cleanse-our-minds-5101511

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