Before the Clutter Queen was the Clutter Queen, she worked as an editor at Harvard University.
This month, Harvard’s Kennedy School published a piece about the research on clutter. If you’re a geek, you will want to pore over these studies. Check out the title of this one: “In Pursuit of Happiness: Phenomenological Study of the Konmari Decluttering Method.” Here’s one of the study’s key findings: “Many participants found it difficult to treat their objects as animate in some way — e.g., thanking the object for its service.” Ya think?! I have always had trouble with that.
The other studies are: “The Dark Side of Home: Assessing Possession ‘Clutter’ on Subjective Well-Being,” “No Place Like Home: Home Tours Correlate with Daily Patterns of Mood and Cortisol,” “Procrastinators and Clutter: An Ecological View of Living with Excessive Stuff,” “A Magical Reorientation of the Modern: Professional Organizers and Thingly Care in Contemporary North America,” “How Much of Too Much? What Inspections Data Say about Residential Clutter as a Housing Problem.”
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