Can clutter cause you to be physically ill? Yes, say experts. Last spring I took a Feng Shui course and I read that, “clutter is an element of your environment that causes you to have ill feelings inwardly.”
That surprised me. But I’ve felt it. A few years ago, I had a room full of boxed clutter that I needed to go through. I had moved into a 2-bedroom apartment so that I’d have a room for all of these extra boxes of stuff I owned. Those boxes stayed there for many, many months. Several times, I tried to force myself to go in there and go through those boxes (my plan was to get rid of stuff), but as soon as I entered the room, I felt physically sick and had to leave.
Finally, I got to a point where I was mentally ready to deal with it and I did. My life seemed to open up drastically after that and changed for the better. It felt like holding onto that clutter was holding me back. But I think an important point is also that until I was mentally ready to get rid of that stuff, it wasn’t going to happen. My body wasn’t going to allow it. Clutter can weigh us down. But getting rid of it has the potential to change your life. That’s why I find clutter clearing so interesting.