Declutter Your Life is a month-long initiative to help you manage stress and boost your health by learning the principles of banishing clutter and restoring a sense of order to your world.
A tidy house is good for you. That’s the conclusion of a handful of recent studies that linked physical clutter with high levels of stress and poor health.
One 2009 study from UCLA found an unkempt home was a significant driver of daily stress. A 2017 study, this one from Indiana University, linked a messy house with lower physical activity, which can up your risk for cardiovascular disease. Yet more research has shown that people make healthier choices when their environment is neat, as opposed to disordered.
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Of course, no one wants to live in a messy house. But for many of us, it’s hard to keep our spaces tidy when every drawer, closet, and spare room is overflowing with stuff. The thought of sorting through and straightening up all those jam-packed spaces can be paralyzing.
That’s true even if you’ve read a bunch of organizing books and blogs—most of which repeat a lot of the same stale tips and platitudes.
We have the antidote. Here, professional organizers offer five of their most-insightful, least-obvious tips for tackling your messiest spaces.