Managing the volume of possessions proved to be a crushing problem for the Los Angeles families. One family was reduced to collecting dirty laundry in an unused shower.
Mothers who lamented messy or cluttered rooms or unfinished remodeling projects when describing their homes were more likely to have elevated levels of stress hormones.
"Fathers would walk into the same rooms and make no mention whatsoever of the messiness. They were unaffected physiologically," said Jeanne Arnold, lead author of "Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century" and a UCLA archaeologist. "The differences between parents in their comfort level about clutter and its long-term impacts on well-being are pretty astonishing."
(Photo credit: J. Arnold and CELF)
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