Clutter and Wellbeing (01-21-21)

Research completed by Rogers and Hart confirms that experiencing visual clutter is undesirable.  The duo found that when people feel that their homes are cluttered, their wellbeing is degraded,  “although the correlation between objective and subjective clutter was strong, 47.3% of those who scored in the healthy range of clutter on the objective clutter scale, reported that clutter has negatively impacted their quality of life. . . . This suggests that even when people manage clutter reasonably well, it can impact their quality of life. . . . regardless of people’s objective clutter levels, their subjective clutter scores consistently predicted their wellbeing, while their objective clutter level had little predictive power. . . . . In general populations, clutter considerations are neither mundane nor trivial but central and important to wellbeing. Clutter, regardless of its volume, is a subjective construct, individually defined and experienced . . . . when things are in their place, wherever that might be, and home expresses self-identity, wellbeing is more likely to be present.”

Caroline Rogers and Rona Hart.  “Home and the Extended-Self:  Exploring Associations Between Clutter and Wellbeing.”  Journal of Environmental Psychology, in press, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101553