What Toy Clutter Does to a Mom's Brain
The desire for a space that is easy-to-maintain while also being aesthetically pleasing is very common when it comes to toys and kids stuff. There's actually quite a bit of research that tells us why. Believe it or not, taking the time to get your child's playroom or play area under wraps can be a huge game changer for your routine, your focus and your mood. Not only that, you will see a shift in the way your child plays...but more on that in a different post. Sounds like a win-win to me. Let's dig in!
This is Your Brain around Clutter
Research shows that clutter and mess can have a negative affect on our brains. This applies to us as moms, but also our children. As mothers, we are already overwhelmed, overloaded and over-stimulated. So piles of toys can really push us over the edge.
According to RAGCP.org,
"Clutter can make us feel stressed, anxious and depressed. Research from the United States in 2009, for instance, found the levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in mothers whose home environment was cluttered."
I know so many of you are nodding your heads right now. I know I was when I read this for the first time. Have you ever had one of those moments when you stop to take a drink of your water and look around at all of the toy mess and clutter? And then physical sensations actually start happening in your body! Maybe your heart starts racing, you feel dizzy, your breathing becomes more rapid. I've been there and I'm here to tell you there are some smalls changes you can make to reduce these episodes of toy clutter panic.
caveat: Being overstimulated by the amount of toys in our home increases our stress hormones. But as adults, we have coping skills to manage this. Think about our children though. Imagine how toy clutter is making them feel. I'll tell you how: overwhelmed, overstimulated and overloaded. Just like us. No one