We know, we know: Despite your best intentions, you bought people nice presents and received some in return. Now you have that much more stuff that you have to find a place for and deal with. But it’s not too late to resolve to declutter in the new year — and bonus, you could save yourself up to three months of wasted time.

Grist relies on the support of generous readers like you. Donate today to keep our climate news free.

It turns out that we all spend a stupid amount of time wandering around our homes, trying to find stuff we probably didn’t need to begin with, CNN reports:

[National Association of Professional Organizers] Industry Member Director Mary Dykstra says that on average, Americans waste time amounting to between six and 12 weeks a year searching for things in their offices and homes.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

Now, one option would be to go out and buy a bunch more stuff to organize the stuff you already have. But another is option is simply to have less stuff. Go ahead — get rid of it. Recycle when possible, please. It might take day or two to sort through all your junk, but think of all the time you’ll save when you don’t have to wade through a packed closet looking for your bathing suit in the summer.