What Clutter Does to Your Brain

Do you ever feel like it’s actually painful to declutter the house? You’re not far off. Studies show that the mild pain centers in the brain (the same ones that make a fuss when you burn your tongue on hot coffee) light up when people get rid of possessions they feel attached to. That could mean anything from giving away a book you swore you’d read to donating the shirt you’re hoping will fit again (eventually). But studies show that holding onto junk has a much worse effect.

How We Get Attached to Junk

Why are people in Marietta so attached to their junk? According to the experts, it’s all brain chemistry.

  • Physically holding an object makes a customer more likely to buy it
  • People who hold an item for longer periods of time are willing to pay 60% more for it than those who merely picked it up and put it back down
  • Some companies target this “ownership experience” by making items easy to connect with physically
  • The associated value that forms in the store makes it harder for people to give up junk in the future

What Your Brain Looks Like on Clutter

stressed womanScientists from Princeton University published a study detailing the negative impact of clutter on the brain. The study concluded that clutter:

  • Restricts focus
  • Limits the brain’s ability to process incoming information
  • Distracts the brain, decreasing performance levels
  • Can lead to emotional strain and frustration

Everyone’s tolerance for clutter is different. Some people get stressed when a single dish is out of place, while others don’t seem bothered by plates piling up in the sink. But no matter what your threshold is for mess perception, a day of cleaning will leave you surprisingly at peace with your environment.

To learn more about cleaning out your home in Marietta, call Mr. Junk.


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