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Is your house full of clutter? Is one of your goals to get more organized? If so, we’ve got great news — decluttering your home could not only help you get organized but may help you shed a few pounds, decrease stress levels and improve your overall health!

First, a disorderly or cluttered home simply makes it harder to find items you need, and you are more likely to misplace your cellphone or wallet — causing stress and wasting time. Studies have also found that simply being exposed to a chaotic or messy environment makes you more likely to overeat fatty or unhealthy foods, which can result in weight gain. Other research has found that if you find the inside of your home stressful, you’re more likely to feel unhappy and to have higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that is linked to a higher risk of poor health.

That’s the bad news. The good is that making some small changes to declutter your home could make it more organized and feel more peaceful, decreasing stress and improving your health. The below infographic, The Organization Diet: Cut the Clutter & Improve Your Life, presents proven, practical tips that will help you streamline your home. Give the “organization diet” a try. Chances are you’ll shed not only unnecessary clutter but stress and extra pounds as well, setting you up for better overall physical and mental health.

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