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River Road Mini Storage releases report on clutter and productivity 

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River Road Mini Storage in Paso Robles, released a report regarding the connection between clearing out clutter and increasing productivity. Researchers at Princeton University published a report in the Journal of Neuroscience, which showed that ability to focus decreases when more clutter is present. In the Princeton report, “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex,” researchers found that the more clutter is present in a work environment or home, the less productive that person becomes.

Combat Clutter

While some may argue that chaos promotes creativity, and many “creatives” may consider themselves too free-spirited to create an orderly home or work space, studies have shown that orderly environments actually promote mental clarity.

At work, coworkers or higher-ups may even view messiness as indicative of poor work ethic or inability to properly prioritize. Some tips to help reduce clutter:

1) Prioritize.
Clutter can be combatted by asking, “When was the last time I used this item,” said River Road Mini Storage owner Rick Runnells. “If it’s been over 6 months, then it’s best to store the item or donate it.”

2) Reorganize
Resist the urge to create piles of papers. Instead, file papers as soon as they are received, but make sure that the organizational system is easy to use.

3) Digitize
One easy way to store paperwork and things such as cards, articles or family photos is to digitize the content. “Scanning and even taking photographs of the items, and then saving them to a cloud based software system will help reduce clutter significantly, as well as guarantee that your content won’t be gone forever in the event of a disaster or a computer crash,” said Runnells.

The Self Storage Solution

Many people are hesitant to get rid of items that may have sentimental value. Self storage facilities, such as at River Road Mini Storage, can be an excellent solution. “Remember to take time to carefully pack your cherished items, making sure to properly protect and label the contents, and then rest easy, knowing that your treasures are safe, but not cluttering up your home or office and hindering your productivity,” Runnells said.

River Road Mini Storage is self storage facility located in downtown Paso Robles. For more information, visit their website at

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