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Feeling overwhelmed by clutter? You’re not alone.

According to a recent survey, “…54 percent of America [is] overwhelmed by the amount of clutter they have, but 78 percent have no idea what to do with it or find it too complicated to deal with, so they let it build up…” In fact, the clutter problem has gotten so bad in America that the average home has over 300,000 items in it, most of which are items that have never even been used.

If you’re ready to get your home organized and clutter free, consider this simple 3-step solution to get rid of junk in order to maximize space and alleviate stress.

Start Small

Rather than trying to deep clean your entire home at once, pick a small area each day to target, spending 15-30 minutes clearing out items you have by sorting them into keep, donate and discard piles. If you have a genuine plan or purpose for an item within the next 3-6 months, keep it. If you don’t, but believe someone else could use it, donate it to a local non-profit. And if you won’t be using it and don’t believe anyone else can, get rid of it and don’t look back!

Utilize Storage

With more and more Americans choosing to cut costs by living in smaller spaces, finding the room to store items such as sports equipment, seasonal clothing and holiday decor can be a challenge. Rather than taking up much needed space for items you need on a daily basis within your home, renting a storage unit nearby can provide you with the square footage you need for larger ticket items. Climate controlled units are available in nearly every neighborhood in various sizes, making them surprisingly affordable for families to rent each month.

Keep it Going

Once you’ve cleared an area out, continue the de-cluttering process by spending just a few minutes each day tackling sections of your home that you tend to dump belongings. Doing so will help ensure items do not pile up to unprecedented proportions, relieving the anxiety and stress that comes from seeing a mess become out of control.

By getting rid of items you don’t need, utilizing a storage facility for items you do, and continuously seeking opportunities to maintain what you have already organized, your home will be clutter-free and stay clutter-free for years to come.

To the newly organized, clutter free you!