Clear your space & Clear your mind

Dated: 01/01/2020

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Clear your space, clear your mind

It's the start of the New Year, which means the start of many new resolutions. After the holiday hustle and bustle, many of us are looking to simplify and get organized. This inner drive is actually a drive toward wellness. If you're looking for a healthier and happier state of mind in the New Year, clearing the clutter in your home may be just what you need.

Clutter's Negative Effect

A recent study by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) revealed that the clutter we accumulate in our homes profoundly affects our mood and self-esteem. In particular, the stress women feel increases with the density of objects in the home. Women tend to associate a tidy home with a happy family. Despite this belief, many families struggle with the battle against clutter and sentimental attachments keep them from tossing things.

With a clear connection between clutter and mental health, it's prudent to tackle at least some of the clutter in the home at the start of the New Year. Rather than being overwhelmed by organizing the entire home, focus on just a few spaces that tend to collect the clutter.

Start with the Sink

In the rush of the day, it's quite easy to just dump dirty dishes in the sink and move on to the next task. However, it doesn't take that much more time to actually rinse that dish and put it in the dishwasher. Pledge to keep that sink cleared! It's amazing how the simple change of a clean sink can change the feel of the kitchen - and perhaps even lift your spirits.

The Kitchen Desk

It may not be a desk in your home, but likely there is some kitchen surface that tends to collect loose papers and objects and items that don't have a home. Start a new habit of clearing this collecting surface each evening. File or toss papers. Return other lost objects to their homes. If this is a daily practice, it shouldn't take much time and the clutter in the kitchen will be greatly reduced.

Clear the Fridge

While cleaning out the inside of the fridge is a good idea, we're talking about the surface here. It turns out there's a correlation between the amount of items stuck on the fridge and the amount of clutter in a home. Toss the extra magnets, menus and schedules no longer used. Don't use the fridge as a filing cabinet!

Bathroom Drawers

Did you cringe a little when you read that title? We all know bathroom drawers can be some of the worst clutter collectors. Beauty and skincare samples. Lotions, medicines, and first aid kits. Dust bunnies and hairballs. Make a commitment every three to six months to clear out your bathroom drawers. If you haven't touched an item in the past three months, chances are it's time to toss it. While you go through the drawers, make sure you give them a good wiping down.

A few minutes each day devoted to these clutter collecting areas can do wonders at clearing both your home and your mind. Enjoy a healthier and happier New Year with a cleaner home!

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Linda Bondo

I have enjoyed a 30+ year career in real estate, participating in all aspects of the industry including residential, commercial, development, and investment properties. I am excited to have joined the....

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