Great time to cut the clut­ter and re­duce the stress

Pilbara News - - Property - Alina Gon­za­lez

There is a cer­tain ex­hil­a­ra­tion that comes with throw­ing things away and free­ing up space in your home.

It’s not only an aes­thetic task — de­clut­ter­ing your space has health ben­e­fits, too.

A UCLA study found that women who live in a clut­tered en­vi­ron­ment were more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence a surge in cor­ti­sol, a stress hor­mone.

Yes, that un­tamed junk drawer is adding to your stress.

To make it easy, we crafted this handy list of things you need to toss, re­cy­cle or do­nate to start 2017 off on the right foot.

Gift para­pher­na­lia. Toss it all. Noth­ing psy­cho­log­i­cally pre­vents you from en­joy­ing a fresh start like Christ­mas-themed trash stick­ing around.

Old pre­scrip­tions. Take the new year as an op­por­tu­nity to clean shop in your medicine cab­i­net. Get rid of pre­scrip­tions and over-the-counter pills that have ex­pired.

Old tow­els. Who wants to be­gin a new year with stained, dis­coloured tow­els? The start of a new year is the per­fect time to up­grade your bath­room.

Old charg­ers. Gather up any ran­dom charg­ers that are clut­ter­ing up your shelves, and try to match them to the tech­nol­ogy in your home. If you can­not find a sin­gle item that can be charged by the charger in ques­tion, toss it.

Re­ceipts. Un­less it’s a re­ceipt for a big pur­chase (sofa, lap­top, re­frig­er­a­tor or tele­vi­sion), throw them all away.

Event tick­ets. This is one of those items you prob­a­bly don’t even re­alise you end up ac­cu­mu­lat­ing. Un­less you plan to frame or scrap­book them, throw them away.

In­vi­ta­tions. If old in­vi­ta­tions mark an im­por­tant mem­ory and you want to save them for pos­ter­ity, put them some­where for safe­keep­ing. Other­wise, re­cy­cle the cards and in­vi­ta­tions on the fridge.

Old mag­a­zines. If they’re more than a year old, they’ve got to go. Ev­ery last one of them.

Chipped mugs. It’s time to purge your cab­i­nets of the ran­dom, chipped, cof­fee-stained mugs.

Old nail pol­ish. The colours sep­a­rate and it gets gross. Say good­bye.

Shoe boxes. Clear out your wardrobe of the pack­ing boxes for things you kept in case you wanted to re­turn, but didn’t end up do­ing so.

Old bills. If you paid them, toss them, un­less you need to keep them for tax pur­poses. Al­ter­na­tively, scan im­por­tant doc­u­ments for fu­ture ref­er­ence.

Bro­ken jew­ellery. Get rid of bro­ken jew­ellery you haven’t worn or made an ef­fort to fix. While you’re at it, toss ear­rings that have been miss­ing a match for ages.

Dried pens. Stream­line your col­lec­tion.

Old bath mats. Bath mats should be re­placed once a year.

Bro­ken head­phones. One word: use­less.

Get rid of clut­ter to re­duce stress.

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