The Link Between Clutter & Depression – Home Organizing in Toronto

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Dr. David Tolin is an American psychologist and researcher. He’s the Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute for Living and a professor at the Yale University School of Medicine.

He has recently concluded a study that confirms the link between hoarding and depression. “Hoarding participants reported higher levels of depression than did OCD and control participants.” While it’s normal to have some sort of clutter in your house notes Tolin, obsessing about keeping items and refusing to throw anything away becomes a psychological issue quickly.

Effects of clutter

Clutter not only makes your home look bad but it makes you feel bad too. Your closets may be too stuffed with clothing you seldom, if ever, wear. Your cupboards may be full of items you purchased but don’t use. You spend a lot of money on items you don’t need. We have become a society of consumers.

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But knowing that you may a need to buy something, it turns if you’re a woman the more stuff you buy the more stress you feel. It ends up being a vicious cycle.

We at ClutterBGone, Professional Organizers in Toronto, have worked with many clients who feel the stress of clutter and would love to work with you.


Clutter is a visual that attacks your mind with more stimuli than you can handle causing you grief, stress and embarrassment. It distracts you from more important things like time with your family and friends. You may see this clutter and think that things will never get tidy or organized. This can quickly turn into depression.

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Here’s a statistic that will shock you. North Americans give birth to just 3% of the world’s children but we purchase 40% of the worlds toys! What are we teaching our children about clutter with mounds of toys that most kids will barely use? ClutterBGone has worked with children and parents in many children’s rooms to reduce the number of toys and clothes and create an organized space for kids.

We have the systems and the compassion to work with you or you loved ones to declutter or downsize in a caring way. We know that some people feel guilty about releasing themselves of items with a perceived value and we can help you overcome this.

Tackling clutter while feeling depressed can seem like an insurmountable task. We have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us here for more information.

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