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Start the New Year with a Clean Home and a Clear Mind

A young woman folding clothes as she organizes her closet.

Have you ever felt calmer after cleaning your kitchen? Do you love the feeling of reorganizing your closet and donating the items you know you’ll never wear again? There’s a reason these tasks may make you feel more relaxed. Studies have shown that having a clean and organized home can help improve mental health. And the new year is the perfect time to implement healthy habits!

Declutter Before the Holidays

Now is the time to start preparing for an organized new year. As the holidays arrive, try taking a minimalist approach to gifts. Find an item to donate for every new item you bring into your home. Not only will this help you avoid unnecessary clutter, you’ll also be passing along joy to others. The many places to donate clothing and household items in New Jersey make this even easier.

While cleaning, think about specific rooms you would like to feel less cluttered. Start with spots like your closet, kitchen, and basement. Those clothes, cooking supplies, and old children’s toys may be taking up valuable space in your home and could be used by someone else.

Start the New Year Organized

Organizing doesn’t just improve your mental health; it can also help ensure your physical safety. Take this time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and make replacements if necessary. You can improve the air quality in your home by cleaning or replacing your air filters.

One of the best ways to keep everything organized is to write down your to-do lists and appointments. AmeriHealth New Jersey members can use their Wellness Rewards to buy helpful tools like a new calendar to keep track of important items. (Hint: Don’t forget to pencil in a doctor’s appointment for preventive care in 2023!) Learn about other benefits you can take advantage of this year to keep yourself healthy and motivated.

Keep up with your clean and organized home by regularly putting things away and deciding if you want to keep those items. Whether you want to tidy up daily or weekly, keep track of it on your calendar to help you stick to it. Remember that the beginning and end of the year are always great times to deep clean your home and boost your mental health amid the stress of the holidays.

Kristen Sanchez

I’m a copywriter for AmeriHealth, and I love learning about health and wellness as I work. I like to spend my free time binge watching movies, hiking through national parks, and telling my pets how much I love them over and over.