Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Research: Cluttered Homes Can Add to Stress

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Research: Cluttered Homes Can Add to Stress

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When it comes to our favorite part of beautifying a home, storage and organization rarely rank high. And rightly so.

We often consider cleaning a chore, brushing it aside as an annoyance or time-zapping task to deal with later.

But here's the thing: Science suggests that your messy home is more than just an eyesore.

Researchers from UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families found women who live in a cluttered home have higher levels of cortisol, a stress-related hormone.

In other words, those strewn dirty clothes could take a serious toll on your health, as well as the look of your home.

Convinced that it's time to tidy up? Follow these timeless storage hacks to update your home -- and bid stress bye-bye.

The kitchen

- Use paint to unify clutter. If you have open shelving in your kitchen, paint your walls the same color as your pottery. Your dishes and glassware will stand out less, making the shelving look organized.

- Invest in matching canisters. Storing all of your dry goods in glass jars or other canisters is a beautiful way to organize your pantry, and it instantly makes your shelves look cleaner. Be sure to stick to one jar style to master the look.

- Make use of low storage. Keep your favorite cookbooks or your go-to appliances on a shelf just below your counters, rather than on the benchtop -- they'll be much more pleasing below eye level, but still easily accessible.

The playroom

- Arrange storage bins strategically. Place bookshelves and bins at ground level in playrooms, where they'll be in little arms' reach.

It'll encourage children to help tidy as they go, so you don't have to.

- Display nostalgic items. Transform children's books, toys and dolls into works of art by installing floating shelves on the walls to showcase them. …

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