Is Clutter Killing Your Productivity?

Is Clutter Killing Your Productivity?

If a cluttered desk is the sign… cc by katerha

Clean and organize a little every day

Getting in your own way

Clutter keeps you from getting things done, takes up time, increases the risk of falls, can add more germs around the house, and can even cost you money. If you can’t find your car keys, you’ll be late for work. If you can’t find your electric bill (although we would question why you aren’t receiving paper-less bills), then you may find yourself sitting in the dark.

According to a New York Times article, excessive clutter can signal emotional trauma, attention deficit disorder, depression, and chronic pain.

If you’re not sure just how much you are a part of your own clutter problem, The Institute for Challenging Disorganization offers a scale to help you gauge the seriousness of your clutter problem.

The sign of a cluttered mind?

Yes, Einstein had a cluttered desk. But he didn’t have a cluttered mind. If you’re not Einstein, and just trying to get through a busy day without having to search for the same things over and over, then cleaning and organizing can make a positive difference in your life.


Pick one flat surface in your home or office to de-clutter, clean and organize. Then keep it that way! Work slowly through all your spaces keeping what you’ve already organized, organized!

Recommended Frequency:

  • Every week – maybe a little every day

Expected Benefits

  • Higher productivity
  • Lower stress
  • More space
  • Happiness

Clicking the button below will take you to a page where you can add a reminder to your calendar for Organize It. You must have a Simple Daily Change account to set up calendar reminders.

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