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Dwelling on regrets and negative memories fuels depression, which is why clearing out the tangible reminders can give you a lift, says Peter Walsh, the organizer on TLC's Clean Sweep
and author of Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?: An Easy Plan for Losing Weight and Living More
. For example, if a certain dress played a critical part in a former relationship, get rid of it, no matter how beautiful it may be; each time you look at it, you're emotionally drawn back to that time. Likewise the year's worth of old New Yorker
magazines you'll never have time to read, the photo of a friend who incessantly puts you down—toss!