With the increasing popularity of Marie Kondo's tidying methods and the prevalence of TV shows about hoarding, it looks like plenty of people are eager to wage a war on clutter. But does everyone react to messy homes or work spaces the same way? As it turns out, there may be some different ways clutter affects the male and female brain. Some people are just more sensitive to the sight of messy spaces.
For the most part, though, a person's reaction to clutter depends heavily on the individual. "A cluttered home or work space affects everyone differently whether they are a man or a woman," says Dr. Dara Bushman, a licensed clinical psychologist. Often, a person's feelings about messy homes involve their particular upbringing. "If you grew up with parents teaching you mess was equivalent to being a 'bad girl' or 'bad boy,' then you either became perfectionistic about cleaning your mess or you completely rebelled." However, there do appear to be some interesting generalizations about the way males and females react to cluttered home or work spaces. Read on to see how messy areas tend to affect people differently, and whether these generalities play out for the people in your own life.