Pandemic Forces Homeowners to Purge

With the pandemic forcing more Americans to spend extra time at home, homeowners are decluttering and taking part in a “purging tsunami,” The Washington Post reports.

“People are feeling their spaces right now,” Gretchen Rubin, author of nine books about decluttering, told the Post. “Some people feel like nesting and just want to paint everything. Others feel claustrophobic. Many have figured out they need more elbow room. Some are thinking, ‘I don’t want to waste something I’m not using. I want to put it back out in the world.’

Many homeowners are cleaning out storage rooms in their house to make space for a home office. Michael Frohm, chief operating officer for Goodwill of Greater Washington, says donations have jumped 20% over the last year.

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