Cluttered homes can lead to cluttered minds. Research has shown that clutter leads to higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body. Having unnecessary items strewn about can cause overwhelm, overstimulation, and decision fatigue. By giving or throwing away things we no longer need, and organizing the things we do need, we reduce mental clutter, guilt, and shame, and we increase mental clarity and mindfulness. You deserve to be in a home that you feel peaceful in, and creating that space for yourself is an act of self-care, and an act of care for those who live with you. And while it may seem daunting to start organizing, the good news is, it might be more enjoyable than you are anticipating. The neurotransmitter dopamine gets released as we complete even small tasks, which is responsible for feelings of satisfaction and happiness. Dopamine allows us to feel good about what we’ve achieved, and motivates us to do more, so that we continue to feel that pleasure.