Clutter on the outside causes anxiety on the inside

It has been proven that our outside word is a reflection of our inside world. If we see chaos and clutter all around us, we usually begin to feel the same is happening on the inside. Taking action to clear out clutter and clean our homes/office can help relieve a lot of those chaotic thoughts. If your office or desk is full of papers, files and office supplies you will not feel very open to working in that environment. You are also wasting valuable time searching for things you need under all that clutter.

Here are tips on how to clear away the clutter to reduce your stress levels:

First, start by clearing off your desk. Go through each item and find a suitable home for it.

  • Does it belong in the office?
  • Where do you use it most often?
  • Should it be filed or put in a drawer?

Once you know where the item belongs, put it there. Now everything from the desk is in its proper place; meaning you know where to look for it and where to return it once used.

Next, make sure the rest of the office is clean and tidy. Only the items that belong to the office space should be in it. Make it convenient to access your essentials.

Keep that office clean:

Your daily routine should include 10 minutes at the end of each day to clear everything off your desk and return it to its home. This will allow you to start fresh every morning and create an open space where you can work freely and not feel confined.

If you make a commitment to yourself to keep your desk clear, you are helping quiet your mind. Clutter makes one feel overwhelmed and creates anxiety. If all you see is a messy unorganized space, you will feel the same way and not be as productive as you could be. Over time, with a clean and clear workspace, you will see your creativity and productivity increase and your stress level decrease. Even if life feels chaotic, your environment does not need to reflect this.

If you find your office gets messy again, start from the top and get begin decluttering. You deserve to have your office looking organized and clean.

Stephanie Butler

Stephanie comes to the professional organizing world with 20 years of social service work under her belt. She has worked with people from all walks of life and has the unique ability to help those with anxiety, depression, ADD/HD and emotional attachment, to declutter and get organized. Stephanie teaches her clients how to get organized and stay organized. When she is not working you can find Stephanie crafting, out for walks, kayaking and reading. Her favorite thing to do is travel and to socialize with good friends. She recently travelled to England and Paris to be with friends and also Brazil. She finds it a blessing to have friends all over the globe it is an excuse to travel and visit them. Stephanie grew up in North Toronto but moved up north a few years back as she was tired of the hustle and bustle lifestyle. She loves all that Barrie has to offer, the water front, close to hiking trails and the ability to go to Toronto whenever she wants to see old friends and enjoy live performances. Stephanie is also the Co-Author of Dear Stress I'm Breaking Up With You. Find it on Amazon at

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