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Organizing, De-cluttering and Psychology

Recently we have had a craze here in the U.S. with the Marie Condo phenomenon of “sparking joy”. This lovely Asian woman is teaching people to only keep the possessions which bring them happiness.

So what is the psychological basis for this? Do people truly feel better in neater, organized surroundings? 

Generally, the answer is yes. Our brain takes in a great deal of our environment unconsciously. Thus, having unfinished work, items which are out of place or needing to be tended to, and general disorder can cause unsettling feelings within the psyche. The items and spaces around us resonate with their own energies, and thus observing discordant energy can cause one to feel anxious or uncomfortable.

So what can be done? While I have not found that complete de-cluttering is easy for many people, especially after my graduate research on hoarding, I believe that improvements can easily be made! 

Starting your work in a visible area, which can be tidied up quickly, can lead to a rewarding feeling of accomplishment. Turning tidying into small goals may help you to make significant progress in your space. Depending on your personal approach, you can find many articles and videos online with suggestions about how to get motivated and where to begin.

Good luck on your journey! Having a clear mind can also be an important component to helping you to clear out your space, since the inner is reflected in the outer.  For help with cultivating your mind, you may want to purchase my Positive Thinking and Build Your Self-Esteem E-Courses.  Click here:


~Dr. Rahman Beckwith integrates Positive Psychology and spirituality to create unique approaches to wellness. A graduate of Princeton University, she is a global speaker and the author of many books, e-courses, and CDs available on and her website Find her many videos on YouTube. Follow her Facebook page Holistic Therapy with Dr. Rahman and her Instagram, Dr.RahmanBeckwith, for updates!






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