Our brains really like order, but often our pantries and fridges are a chaos of old herbs and expired condiments. Decluttering can reduce stress, and it need only be done one shelf at a time
Often we have noble reasons for ending up with more than a few expired items lurking in the back of our pantry or fridge. We might have bought something unfamiliar to try a new recipe or expand our palate, and haven’t got around to using the rest. Or, not wanting to be wasteful, we keep something on hand, just in case we need it again.
Or – perhaps a less noble reason – there’s too much stuff in the way and we forgot that something existed. Besides the obvious drawbacks of clutter, there are some less obvious effects it could have on us.