I still remember that feeling of actually making my bed and cleaning up my room when I was 12. After I spent all day cleaning I would just sit and stare at my room. If I had instant access to a camera and social media back then I probably would have shared it to Instagram. That’s how much I loved the look of a squeaky clean bedroom. Why then did it take me so long to realize that having a clean, clutter-free space is what I need to be my best self. Finally, it seems studies are proving what I should have known all along. That clutter and mess causes major changes in our bodies and increases anxiety and depression. Here’s the low-down on all the ways clutter affects us negatively and how we can fight back.