Who knew cleaning was good for your health?
We get it: Not everyone is a devout follower of Marie Kondo. But even if decluttering sparks zero joy for you, it could do a great deal for your mental wellbeing. “Decluttering your space can be a key ingredient in decluttering your mind, says Jason Kurtz, a psychoanalyst and author of Follow the Joy. “Creating an environment where things are in their place and easy to find when we want or need them can help us feel more safe and relaxed.”
And decluttering doesn't have to take a ton of time or effort, says Laurie Jennings, deputy editor of Good Housekeeping and author of Simple Organizing Wisdom. “Prioritize the areas most in need of organizing help,” she says. Here, cleaning experts explain how to do that one room at a time, starting in the kitchen.