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After a Breakup, Cleaning Can Heal

When a relationship ends, it's easy to self-medicate on the sofa with ice cream and self-pity. But as psychotherapist Mary Darling Montero points out, the healthiest thing for your heart just might be spring cleaning.
 
Montero explains: "If you're dealing with a fresh heartbreak, it can be tempting to leave traces of your ex around. For one thing, it sustains us in a state of denial, and denial feels safer than reality. The day we take her clothes out of the closet, we're admitting that it's over; it's a gesture heavy with the symbolism of an ending that we believe we cannot bear."
 
And sure enough, there are even more benefits to washing that ex right out of your house.
 
View the slideshow above and learn how to clean up clean out, and move on.
 
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