Clutter. It’s all around us. Literally. Take a look at your workspace. Now, look at this tidy, organized space above.

You can achieve some mental stability by putting these quick de-cluttering tips to work, whether it’s your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. A clean and clutter-free zone will trick your brain into thinking you’ve somehow remodeled the place.

Three-Box Method:

This is a simple trick, any hesitation you feel may be due to a hoarding instinct within you—take three small/medium boxes, and categorize. Pick things up and place them in your boxes. Sort by what you could sell, what you could pack away and store for a few months, and what absolutely needs to disappear from your life.

Once you’ve sorted through everything, take some time to perform the appropriate action per box. Sell what you can in a single craigslist post, the Facebook marketplace, or post each thing individually (if you have the time/patience to deal with those inquiring on specific items, and when/where to pick up.) Throw out the stuff you had set aside for, well, throwing out. The last box full of things to be stored could be tucked away in a closet, cupboard, under the bed, but realistically, wherever it can fit. Out of sight, out of mind.

De-Clutter Your Bookshelf

There’s always books that you’ve stored away on the shelf with a promise along the lines of “I’ll read it eventually”. The chances of that happening are slim, and it’s time to finally admit it. Get rid of the books you’ve read, won’t read, and the ones you have no memory of how or why they ended up in your possession in the first place. Donate books to a library, book store, or goodwill—or lend some out to friends with a no-return policy. Freeing up space on the shelves will help manage your currently overwhelming possession-to-space ratio.

The “One In, Two Out” Rule

This rule alone is a huge time and space saver. For any item you bring in with you, two must exit on your next departure. Small objects definitely count. Give it a try for a week and you’ll be either saving money, or just seeing how many things you really have and completely forgot about.

Do you have any good tips for de-cluttering your abode? Tell us about it in the comments.