Weekly Health Tips
Clutter and Depression
In a new UCLA study, the data suggests that clutter can make one feel depressed. It has a profound effect on mood and self-esteem, but more so in women than men. Researchers found a link between household clutter and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol; the more stuff, the more stress women felt. Tips to declutter; take 5 minutes each hour to put away five things. Adopt a "shiny sink" policy; clear dishes from sink and counter nightly. Utilize out-of-the-way storage spaces such as under stairs. Have a designated spot for things. Fill a box with items you don't think you use. Seal the box, and put it in a closet. If you haven't opened in a year, donate it.