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15 Reasons to Clear Out the Clutter at Your Home

Did you know the average American spends one year of his or her life looking for lost or misplaced items? Organizational design expert and TV personality Peter Walsh divides clutter up into two types: lazy clutter and memory clutter.

Lazy clutter, he says, “is all the stuff that accumulates out of negligence over time.” That stuff includes unopened junk mail, dirty dishes, and unwanted gifts. The bottom line is it’s trash. Meanwhile, Walsh says, memory clutter “reminds us of some important person or event or achievement in the past—it’s sentimental and often hardest to part with.” Perhaps it’s your grandma’s hand-sown quilt or your child’s no-longer-played-with toys. Walsh recommends that if you haven’t used an item over the past year, you’r not likely to ever use it. “Take the plunge and get rid of it!” he advises. How will decluttering your home benefit you?

Getting rid of clutter in your home can decrease your stress and clear your mind! 42% of homeowners experienced more anxiety when their houses were messy or cluttered. Clutter will also limit your brain’s abilities; researchers at Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute discovered that “the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information.” Not to mention it’s a lot easier to breathe without all that clutter and dust gathering. Getting rid of clutter also eliminates 40% of housework and makes room for other things – imagine being able to park your car in your garage!

Cleaning your act up at home will also improve your friendships and give you more time for fun. Would you really invite your friends over as your house appears now? What about your lover? After all, a common strain on relationships is silly arguments caused by lost items, missed appointments, forgotten errands, and cluttered spaces. If disorganization is affecting your life more than it should, the mess in your home could eventually ruin your sex life, too!

Bringing order to your home could also save you money. 23% of American adults acknowledge they had paid bills late and racked-up fines simply because they couldn’t find their bills. If avoiding unnecessary late fees isn’t incentive enough for you, think of the hard-earned cash you might find laying around your house as you straighten things up.

If you’re not fully convinced yet, here are 15 great reasons to clear the clutter out of your home life:

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