By Amy Swanson King – The Seattle Times
It’s hardly a secret that living in a well-organized, clutter-free home is good for our mental health. One 2019 study found that “an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces” has a “negative impact” on one’s psychological health.
It’s also no surprise that a lot of us live in houses with a definite overabundance of possessions.
The good news is that when you find yourself surrounded by too much stuff, there are free services in the Seattle area that can help get those belongings out of your home — and out of your life.
“I’m constantly downsizing, figuring out ways to get rid of stuff,” says Jacqueline Noles, who lives in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. She says keeping her home’s clutter at bay “keeps anxiety to a minimum.”
“Once you don’t have all that stuff anymore, it is so freeing,” Noles says. “It’s incredible.”
Here are a few ways you can get rid of those possessions that have overstayed their welcome.