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Feeling overwhelmed? You’re not alone.

A Gallup poll of more than 150,000 people around the world found that Americans are, “…feeling stress, anger and worry at the highest levels in a decade.”

While there are many different reasons people experience stress and anxiety within their lives, a study conducted by UCLA-affiliated social scientists found that,  “…American families are overwhelmed by clutter, too busy to go in their own backyards, rarely eat dinner together even though they claim family meals as a goal, and can’t park their cars in the garage because they’re crammed with non-vehicular stuff.”

With scientific research proving clutter to play, “…a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves…” it’s no wonder Americans, who average about 300,000 items per household, feel anxious.

If you have decided enough is enough but  aren’t sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. These three simple steps will get your home clutter free and organized in no time, alleviating stress by clearing space within your home.

STEP 1: Sort

Pick a small area of your home to sort through each day, placing items into keep, donate and discard piles. If the items you wish to keep are simply too large to store within your home (such as sports equipment or seasonal decor), rent mini-storage nearby to maximize space within your home for items you need on a daily basis.

STEP 2: Plan

Create a cleaning schedule you and your family can use, assigning tasks for each member on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Doing so will ensure household chores don’t fall onto one person, making the load lighter and more manageable for all.

STEP 3: Continue

Getting your home organized is a continuous process, not a once a year event, so continually seek opportunities to choose cleanliness over clutter by utilizing bins, baskets and boxes to keep items organized, properly storing those you don’t need regularly.

When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and ‘good, orderly direction’ to enter.” —Julia Cameron 

Remember, clutter creeps in and takes over slowly, so be mindful of the items your bring within your home or place down to tend to later.  By sorting through your belongings, creating a cleaning plan and continuing to tackle areas of your home in real-time, your home will be spacious and your mind at ease.

To the newly organized, stress-free you!