Described as anything that is kept, even though not used, needed or wanted, clutter can also be defined as having a disorganized and overwhelming amount of possessions in our living space, cars or storage areas. Clutter creates stress that has major biological and neurological effects on us— our energy levels, creativity/ability to focus, and our stress levels.
When we surround ourselves with clutter then what happens to the energy in our space is that it has no room to flow. When energy has no room to flow, it becomes stagnant. Stuck energy needs to be cleared. This stuck energy is what makes us feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. It can be exhausting and depressing. And can all be explained by the way our brains are wired.
Our brains love order. The human body consists of thousands of integrated and interdependent biological and neurochemical systems, all organized and operating along circadian rhythms, without which our bodies would disintegrate into chaos. It's no wonder that the organization within our very own bodies naturally extends to the desire for order and tidiness in our homes. And, order feels good, in part, because it's easier for our brains to deal with and not have to work so hard.
When we feel stuck, when energy is not flowing, when our brains are overworking on "the clutter" we are limited in the creative process. Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren't necessary or important. It draws our attention away from what our focus should be on and limits the creative juices!