According to Psychology Today, researchers discovered that people with cluttered homes tend to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. And it's easy to understand why. Unnecessary clutter can make it hard to find the things you need and, according to Princeton University, it can actually distract you from completing tasks. Even if your home is seemingly clean, you may have certain spots that need a deep cleaning for the new year, including these often neglected areas:
Do you have trouble finding a pen that actually works in your junk drawer? Does it seem like small items immediately disappear the moment you place them in your junk drawer? Then, it's time to dump that drawer out and toss out all of those old pens and anything else that doesn't work. You may also want to invest in a drawer organizer, so you can keep all of your items carefully sorted.
Under the Sinks
The cabinets under a sink can become stuffed with cleaners, old sponges and other odds and ends. To ensure that you give these cabinets a thorough cleaning, start by emptying everything out from under your sinks. Then evaluate each item and toss out the things that are old and yucky or that you don't use anymore.
Are your file cabinets overflowing with paperwork because you're just not sure how long you need to keep important documents? Then here are some dates you'll need to know, so you can start purging old documents you no longer need.
- Tax documents, including your returns — Keep 7 years
- Bank statements — Keep for 1 to 2 years
- Credit card statements – Keep 1 year
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