Fear manifests itself in many ways. Sometimes it’s in the form of restraining ourselves from trying new things. Sometimes it morphs into full-blown anxiety. And sometimes it spews into our lives as physical clutter.

Holding onto certain objects provides us with a false sense of security, which may transform into a deep-rooted fear of letting anything go. Other times, we’re just worried we’ll have to buy certain items again if we release them from our lives.

Either way, that fear makes us keep items we think we need, which studies show does more damage than good.

How?

Check out the clutter infographic from MakeSpace below for the answer. It reveals clutter’s negative impact on your physical and mental health, relationships, career, and finances.

Ready to kick your clutter to the curb?

Check out our post on getting started with the never-fail decluttering technique.

Note: Although MakeSpace doesn’t serve Australia at this time, they are growing! In the meantime, stay tuned to makespace.com to see where they’re headed next. And hop over to the MakeSpace blog for super actionable tips on organizing everything in your home.