6 Easy Tips To De-Clutter Your Home

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A recent study by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) unearthed research proving that clutter has an effect on our mood and self-esteem. In women, there was a link between high stress levels and a high density of household objects.  Women also associated a tidy home with a happy and successful family. Here are 6 great tips to help de-clutter and de-stress.

  1. Adopt the Rule of 5. Every time you get up or walk through a room, put away five things. Another option is to spend five minutes each hour to de-cluttering. At the end of the day, you’ll have cleaned for an hour.
  2. Pledge to clear and clean the kitchen sink every day. It only takes a few more seconds to place a dish int he dishwasher than dump it in the sink. A sink full of dishes raises anxiety levels, and a clean sink will instantly raise your spirits.
  3. Return to yesteryear when only photos of ancestors or wedding earned a place on the shelf. Put snapshots in a family album, which will immediately de-clutter many flat surfaces, or keep them hung on the wall instead of on a shelf.
  4. Unburden your refrigerator door. Researchers found a correlation between the number of items stuck on the fridge door and the amount of clutter throughout the house. Toss any extra magnets and file restaurant menus.
  5. Hack out unexpected new storage space. Use formerly awkward spaces, such as under the stairs, for new storage areas.
  6. Fill a box with items you don’t love or use. Seal the box and place it in a closet. IF you haven’t opened the box in a year, donate it (unopened) to charity.

With a new season approaching, now is the perfect time to start fresh and de-clutter your home.

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