Research into the psychological effects of Minimalism and decluttering

Research into the psychological effects of Minimalism and decluttering

Sometimes it helps to receive different perspectives on a subject. We all take in information differently and we have diverse interests and motivations. For those of you who’d like to delve deeper, check out this post listing some of the research into the psychological effects of Minimalism and decluttering.


Minimalism and decluttering has so many benefits. In my experience, if you have too much going on around you and too many visual and mental distractions, you lose sight of what’s important.

You can’t see the wood for the trees (hence the image for this post).

Minimalism and decluttering means getting rid of the unnecessary and unimportant things in your home and your life. It enables you to find clarity and purpose.

Check out my other posts on Minimalism if you’d like to know more.

I think how our brain and bodies respond to Minimalism and decluttering is fascinating. It gives weight to the arguments for Minimalism and decluttering and helps to explain why so many people adopt Minimalism (to varying degrees) in their lives and why I think that Minimalism makes our lives simpler and easier!

Research studies support the theory that Minimalism and decluttering have a profound and wide-ranging impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing.

(Please note that I try to keep these links up to date and relevant. Please let me know at if they don’t work, or you find some more links to add to the collection!).

Research Into The Psychological Effects of Decluttering

Joseph Chancellor and Sonja Lyubomirsky
Money for Happiness: The Hedonic Benefits of Thrift

Ryan T. Howell, Pauline Pchelin and Ravi Iyer
The preference for experience over possessions: Measurement and construct validation of the Experiential Buying Tendency Scale

James Wallman

Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn
The Minimalists

Minimalism & Happiness Through Scientific Eyes

Tedtalk: A Rich Life with Less Stuff

A Study in Psychological Science
Physical order promotes healthy choices

The National Institute of Mental Health
Family Burden of Compulsive Hoarding: Results of an Internet Survey

Dan Gilbert
Tedtalk: The Surprising Science of Happiness

Tedtalk: The 100 things challenge

UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF)

A Study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

You can also check out my post on recommended reading for books on Minimalism and simple living.

The Choosi Clutter Report

Check out this brilliant infographic which comes from the Choosi Clutter Report. It’s based on research undertaken in Australia but I think it brilliantly captures our relationship with clutter!

The Choosi Clutter Report 2017 (infographic)

Produced by Choosi


If you’d like to start decluttering your home to feel the benefits, there’s a free download for you to get you started.

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