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Feel overwhelmed by clutter within your home? You’re not alone.

According to the Boston Globe article 40 years into the war on clutter, and we’re still overwhelmed by stuff. What’s going on?, “…despite an industry that’s grown so massive it’s become its own form of clutter — with books, and experts, and storage containers, and apps, and YouTube videos — we’ve made so little progress that even the professional organizers aren’t pretending the problem has been solved — or even that it’s solvable.”

Yikes!

If you want to clean up, clear out and keep your home clutter free for the spring, summer and beyond, these 3 simple tips will help get you and your family on track!

Set Up A Cleaning Schedule

A recent survey by the Huffington Post found that “81 percent of men and 87 percent of women” experience anxiety keeping up with their home, with the main culprit of home-related stress being “…clutter, which many survey respondents describe as being overwhelming for them. One anonymous commenter said that keeping things organized and clutter under control is a “constant struggle.”

Instead of becoming overwhelmed by cleaning every area of your home all at once, enlist the help of a  ready-made cleaning schedule you and your family can use to keep on track. You and members of your family can each tackle one small area each day, getting your home sparkling clean in no time!

Keep, Give, Toss

The average American has over 300,000 items lying within their homes, and let’s face it. Most of those belongings are unnecessary—dare we say—junk! Rather than clearing items out in real time as we bring them inside our homes, we tend to hold on to things, allowing them to build up over time. No more! Instead of undertaking a massive purge once a year, make a conscious effort to get rid of items on a regular basis, startin with one item or area in your home at a time.

Have you used this item in the last 3-6 months?

Do you have a genuine plan or purpose to use it within the next 3?

If nothing comes to mind, either donate the item or toss it.

You’ll be amazed at how much space you have!

Storage Facilities

A common misconception people have about renting a self-storage unit is that most people rent one to keep excess clutter, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Infact, Marketwatch reports that, “More homeowners would rather have a smaller house than a larger one” which means more and more Americans need off-site storage to keep larger belongings.

Consider renting storage to keep your family’s sporting equipment, seasonal decor and seasonal clothing in order to maximize space within your home. With sizes designed to fit any budget, finding one that is well suited to your family’s needs is simple, and won’t break the bank!

By setting a plan to clean your home, getting rid of items you don’t need, and renting some off-site storage, your home will remain in tip-top shape!

To the newly organized you!