Get stuff. Bring stuff home. Forget about stuff. Get more stuff. Bring more stuff home. Forget about new stuff.
If this cycle sounds familiar, chances are your home is ruled by clutter. Toys, clothes and bills rule the roost, and you’re probably either frantically trying to get on top of the mess or stressing about how you should be. Your family's stuff has begun to consume your life, leaving less time for your kids, your relationships and yourself.
If you feel constantly behind, stressed and fatigued, clutter may be to blame. A study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people who had cluttered homes full of unfinished projects were more tired, depressed and had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.”
In short? More stuff = more clutter = a tired, depressed, stressed-out version of you. So, how do you beat the stream of stuff trying to make it into your home? And how do you organize the things you do need? Don’t worry, we (and Marie Kondo) are here for you.