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Studies have shown that clutter in the home has a direct correlation with your mental health and well-being. It also eats away at your home’s livable space, curbing your enjoyment and its aesthetic appeal.

“The impact of clutter goes beyond wasted time and frustration when navigating among the things we have accumulated,” explains Craig Blanchard, broker-owner at Royal LePage Atlantic Homestead in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “In fact, household clutter is proven to add measurable stress to our daily lives.”

Fortunately, decluttering is easier than you think if you follow these four simple steps.

  1. Declutter five minutes at a time. Every time you enter or leave a room, put away five things.
  2. Plug away at a problem room. Sort items into four piles — keep, donate, sell, and toss. Stick to your decisions.
  3. Be relentless in the kitchen and bathroom. Always wipe up counters and store away items before you leave.
  4. Ask the entire family to help. Consider offering rewards for good behaviour and for helping you out with steps 1 to 3.

Source: newscanada