Americans families are overwhelmed by clutter, especially coming out of the holiday season. In fact, 54% of Americans feel overwhelmed by clutter and 78% have no idea what to do with it. What’s more, a study at UCLA found links between clutter and cortisol or stress levels in women, as well as anxiety and depression. Professional Organizer Tracy McCubbin joined us to reveal her fool-proof clutter control tips to get your life on track in the New Year:
- Nuke your email inbox. Are you overwhelmed by your email inbox? If the number of unread emails seems insurmountable, how about just deleting every email in your inbox? Nuke it! Start fresh in the new year. If that seems too scary, just delete everything over a month old?
- Schedule time to answer emails instead of answering them all day.
- To tame your paper clutter, considering moving all your bills and financial statements to digital. Be sure to put due dates in your calendar so the emails don’t get lost in your inbox.
- Stay on top of your mail. Don’t let more than 3 days go by without sorting through your mail. Sort your mail over the shredder so you can shred right away.
- Update addresses from returned holiday cards. Do it now, or that pile of envelopes will stay on your desk all year.
- Get rid of holiday gifts you received that you don’t like or will never use.
- Holiday decorations. As you put away the holiday decor, is there any that are worse for wear? Maybe they’ve reached the end of the their lifespan.
- Clean out your purse, work bag or kids’ backpacks to start the year fresh.
- Last year’s unread magazines and newspapers. If you didn’t read them last year, you’re not going to read them this year.
For more helpful information, visit Tracy's website.