Mental Clutter Is Affected by Physical Clutter

What Is Mental Clutter?

Mental clutter shows up as negative thoughts that create stress: things like fear, anxiety, guilt and worry. Just like physical clutter, mental clutter can be purged. However, it can more illusive and confusing to deal with than physical clutter because it’s not tangible.

A few ways to deal with mental clutter

There are several things you can do to work through your negative thoughts:

  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Prayer
  • Positive affirmations
  • Diet & exercise
  • Counseling
  • Spending time with friends


Removing physical clutter can alleviate mental clutter

There is a definite connection between physical and mental clutter because one can cause the other. When we are overwhelmed with mental stressors we have a tendency to allow physical clutter to build up. Conversely, when we allow physical clutter to build up we start feeling overwhelmed, stressed or chaotic. It’s a vicious cycle, but one that can be dealt with.

Let’s get a little scientific for a second and dive into the molecular structure of physical objects to get a better understanding of why clutter affects our well-being:


Resonance is an energetic vibrational frequency, and everything has it: you, your dog, the grass in your yard, the canned food in your pantry, the dirty socks laying on the floor.

All things in our universe are constantly in motion through vibration. Even objects that appear to be stationary are in fact, vibrating, oscillating, resonating, at various frequencies.


After awhile, resonance synchronization can take place. Meaning, things within close proximity of each other (both living and nonliving) will start to “vibrate” at the same frequency. They become in sync with one another.

This could be an explanation for why we can sometimes stop seeing/feeling the clutter. Maybe it becomes white noise in the background because we start to become in-sync with its resonance.

In most cases, people subconsciously feel the energetic vibration of their homes. That means, if your home is filled with clutter you are probably going to feel it. If you have a low tolerance for clutter then clutter resonance is like nails on a chalkboard. Your mind, body and soul have a difficult time syncing up with this kind of resonance. The result: You get cranky, anxious, upset, etc.

Start clearing up the clutter in your home in order to brush away the mental cobwebs.

Loving Your Home Club member, Nicole Schmidt, and I talk about her personal experience with mental clutter and how she helps her clients deal with fear and anxiety. You can see our conversation here:

If you are ready to start Loving Your Home, join the Club!

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