"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Anne Frank

Friday, September 9, 2011

Clutter: The Rhyme And The Reason for It All

Some homes are clutter-filled because their owners lack the knowledge and the skills to deal with it. Some people lose control due to bad health or other circumstances.
The resources and information I've given in earlier blog posts will help. A professional organizer may be the solution.

Today, however, I want to talk about another reason for losing control and being overwhelmed by the things surrounding us.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression affects 1 in every 10 adults in the U.S. or 21 million adults and children according to Mental Health America. An estimated $31 billion dollars in work absenteeism and lost productivity is a result of depression. It is the leading cause of disability and suicide. Depression not only raises the risk of stroke in women, it also affects chronic conditions i.e. arthritis, heart disease, cancer, eating disorders among others.

Depression is serious business. It destroys energy, initiative, relationships, careers and our health. It creates havoc in our lives, allowing C.H.A.O.S. to overwhelm and gain control.

If someone you know (maybe you?) lives surrounded by clutter at home and/or at work, depression may be the culprit. Depression also isolates. Reach out, offer help and don't take no for an answer. You may just save a life.