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According to Anna Butler of UnclutterCO, our homes mirror our inner selves. “I believe our homes are a reflection of so many things including our moods, personalities and productivity and stress levels,” says Butler. “There have been studies linking the negative effects of clutter on mental health. Clutter can make it difficult to get things done and live in an orderly and efficient manner.”
The first step towards a tidy home begins with minimizing the amount of clutter that surrounds us. Beginning with a single room, start by tossing or recycling any trash, including packaging, expired papers or broken items. Next, assess each item by its frequency of use and determine whether or not it is worth keeping. For example, that ice cream maker that was gifted for a wedding? If you’re more likely to snag a to-go pint from Little Man Ice Cream, it’s time to relinquish the appliance.
The next and most challenging step is to create a system to stay organized. “It’s much easier to stay organized when you have less stuff. It’s that simple,” says Cohen. “My biggest advice is to create realistic goals for your lifestyle and a system that mirrors that for each space.” Start small with a series of organizational bins for the pantry, or by sorting and storing clothes by season.