Going back to work after maternity leave is a massive undertaking and suddenly you also have to be 10 times more organised than you were before when it was just you and no kids.
And it's not as trivial as it sounds. In fact, clutter in our lives has been proven to have negative psychological effects, but also that getting rid of clutter is actually, literally painful.
So have you ever been overwhelmed by a junk drawer, wardrobe, overstuffed garage, or huge pile of paperwork or unfiled bills and found it hard to actually throw it all out? You're not the only one and a recent study published in Psychology Today found that letting go can literally be painful.
Researchers at the Yale School of Medicine recruited both non-hoarders and hoarders, and then asked them to sort through items like junk mail and old newspapers. Some of the items belonged to the experimenter, and some actually belonged to the participant. Participants had to decide what to keep and what to throw away. While this was happening, researchers tracked their brain activity.