4 Science-Backed Ways to Add More Happy to Your Life

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Clear the Clutter

You know that junk drawer you dread opening? It’s no bueno. Not only can chaotic environments stress us out by competing for space in our brains, but clutter in a room like the kitchen can also make us more likely to eat unhealthy stuff. Clean the deep recesses of your cupboards and fridge, then organize and maintain them (try adding hooks, racks, or dividers) so you don’t have to panic every time you open ’em.

Cook With Friends

Maybe there’s no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. An 80-year-long study at Harvard University found that close relationships—more than lavish lifestyles or money—are what keep us happy and healthy. Invite your loved ones to help you chop, stir, and savor meals together. Another way to keep the good vibes going? Find kitchen soaps or candles with scents that remind you of happy times—research says it can up your mood.

Just Add Greenery

Even though your garden isn’t growing outside, you can still bring plant life inside and reap the positive effects it can have on your well-being and mood. Research shows that greens can improve our attitude, reduce stress, and make us more productive. Decorate your kitchen counter with a hearty potted herb like sage; add a bamboo plant to a side table; or fill a vase with fresh-cut flowers and place it on your dining room table.

Get Creative

Coloring books for adults are more than just a quirky pastime: A 2016 study at the University of Otago in New Zealand found that people who spent time on creative goals during the day felt more positive the next day. Take a break to knit a scarf, bake a cake, write a poem, play a song, or craft with your kids. Short on time? Add creativity to workday tasks by using colored pens to take notes, or make domestic duties more fun by listening to an audio book.

The 5 Best Decluttering Apps of 2019

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A home holds many amazing things such as your family and your favorite belongings. But, it can also hold massive amounts of clutter. Are you ready to organize your home and simplify your life? If so, these home organization apps can help.


Sortly: Best Declutter App for Keeping a Household Inventory

Screenshot of Sortly on iPhone

What We Like

  • Easy to track large collections without purchasing duplicates
  • Perfect place to store important information about items in the home

What We Don’t Like

  • Adding items does take time, especially for larger inventories

Decluttering has a lot to do with never buying things you don’t need. The Sortly app allows you to create an inventory of your home from your furniture to special collections. Use this app to keep track of your movie collection to make sure you don’t purchase a duplicate. Or, keep important information in a safe place about your electronics. The opportunities are endless.

Sortly is easy to use and has a simple design for users of all ages. The app is free to download for both iOS and Android devices with the option of in-app purchases.


Centriq: For Keeping Track of All Those Tech Manuals

Screenshot of Centriq on iPhone

What We Like

  • Quickly find product manuals for all of your critical electronics
  • Store product manuals and product information on your phone, not in a drawer

What We Don’t Like

  • You can’t search manuals and documents by keyword

Do you have the infamous drawer full of manuals for your vacuum, TV, and more? These documents take up unnecessary space, cluttering entertainment centers and “junk” drawers. Centriq allows you to store your products inside the app, complete with product manuals, specs, and more.

Simply scan your product’s barcode or enter the product yourself, and you’ll be able to see product manuals, maintenance information, how-to instructions, and more about your product. Plus, it’s all saved inside the app for future use. You can download Centriq for both iOS and Android for free.


Decluttr: Best Declutter App for Quickly Removing Extra Clutter

Screenshot of Decluttr app on iPhone

What We Like

  • No auctions or selling. Simply scan your items and a price is offered by Decluttr
  • Payment occurs as soon as your items are received by the company

What We Don’t Like

  • Prices for items are considerably low

Extra clutter around your home, including books, DVDs, and more tend to pile up over time. But before you simply throw these items away, try getting some extra cash. Decluttr pays you for your clutter and it’s easy using the app.

Simply scan your clutter’s barcode and Decluttr will offer you a price for it. Once you add all of your items, you can ship them for free. Once Decluttr receives your items, you’ll be paid via PayPal, direct deposit, or check. Old cell phones, game consoles, tablets, and more don’t have to sit around your home. Decluttr is free to download for iOS and Android devices.


Letgo: Best App for Making Extra Cash

Screenshot of Letgo app on iPhone

What We Like

  • You won’t miss messages from buyer’s thanks to the text feature
  • Safe and secure
  • Best price for your used items including vehicles, furniture and more

What We Don’t Like

  • You’re responsible for selling your items instead of selling them directly to the company

Have large clutter such as used furniture, clothing, or vehicles you can’t get rid of? Letgo lets you list these items quickly with just an image. The app is secure, allowing buyers to contact you directly via the messaging tool inside the app.

Letgo is rated as one of the top-selling apps for all devices due to its easy to use interface and the ability to set your own prices. Letgo is free to download and use for both iOS and Android devices with in-app purchases.


Pantry Check: Best Home Organization App for Organizing Your Pantry

Screenshot of Pantry Check app on iPhone

What We Like

  • See all expiration dates for all food items in one app
  • Links for purchasing online are available for each food item

What We Don’t Like

  • Adding new pantry items does take time

Have you looked at your kitchen pantry lately? Often, pantries become cluttered with expired items that go unnoticed. Pantry Check allows you to inventory your pantry, be reminded of expired items and complete a restock, all in one app.

Start by scanning your item’s barcode to see a photo, product information and more. You can see expiration details for each item and add items to a shopping list for your next grocery trip. Declutter your pantry by receiving alerts on what to throw away in real-time.

Pantry Check is free to download with in-app purchases for iOS devices.