Ditching These Items in My Home Made Me 10 Times Happier

Just the thought of spring-cleaning is enough to stress me out. I know that a tidy home is better for my cortisol levels and mental well-being, but finding the time to do a deep clean always falls to the bottom of my to-do list. So when I came across a spring-cleaning concept on our sister site Who What Wear, one that takes minutes, not hours, I was intrigued.

It's so simple in practice: Rather than commit to hours of nitty-gritty cleaning, set aside minutes to do a top-line review. Then scrutinize items based on use. In Who What Wear's case, this involved editing clothes that no longer fit or trinkets from past relationships. When I applied the concept to my home, it allowed me to focus on the items that clutter my space, like half-burned candles or kitchenware borrowed from friends.

When I removed one item from every room in my apartment, I actually noticed a difference. Focusing on visual clutter, rather than items in cupboards, means the results are clear, and I felt good that I'd started to chip away at the spring-cleaning process. Suddenly, it wasn't so daunting.

Got a few minutes? Toss, donate, or return one item from every room in your home to instantly declutter.

Did you try our mini spring-cleaning challenge? Tell us how you felt after decluttering.