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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Barlow

Chaos Theory & the Butterfly Effect

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

The Science of Chaos

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a system can result in large differences in a later state.

A very small change in initial conditions can create a significantly different outcome.

In chemistry and thermodynamics the term entropy is used to describe the process of chaos, which can be reduced by external action.

In layman's terms, disorder is natural. Yet, the smallest amount of external effort can create a ripple effect that drastically increases order. By minimizing the number of items that exist in your space you automatically decrease the possibility of chaos. By developing streamlined, 5-15 minute routines, you can completely transform the order and tranquility of your space.

The chaos we see becomes the chaos that we feel. Our minds take the burden of that mess (and the associated chore list) and turn it into anxiety and stress. Small amounts of stress can be motivating, such as doing a lightning-fast cleanup when you realize your parents are stopping by. However, extended and extreme stress can cause us to dissociate from the issue, like when we choose to watch television instead of fold laundry.

#Chaos not only affects adults in the home, but also creates anxiety and stress in #children. Chaos is the absence of predictability and children find comfort in having a home that is predictable and manageable. This sense of #order is why children are often more creative and spend more time with each toy when they are given fewer choices to play with. Adopting a #minimalist and joyful plan creates ripples that benefit the wellbeing and peace of mind of everyone who enters your #space.


Your Joyful Space provides a method of decreasing #stress and increasing the pleasant emotions that you feel while in your space. By decreasing the chaos of both your home and mind, you will find that you have both the emotional wherewithal and the time needed to accomplish more fun and personally satisfying projects.


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