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Seven steps for a more organized home

The New Year is often a time of new beginnings, of self-assessment, a chance to step back and consider how to make your life more healthy, organized or stress-free.
Surveys have shown that a messy, disorganized home is one of the primary sources of stress for Americans.  Hometalk—an online community for home and garden tips on the web—has compiled a few easy tips to help you get, and stay, on track.
Local blogger, Dusty Rogers stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to share those ideas.  She says she's not organized by nature, but when she follows these seven steps, it's impossible not to be.  

1.  Decide on the function of the space and stick to it.

2.  Purge.  Go through everything and sort it out into 5 categories—Keep, Relocate (items you want to keep, but don't belong in the space), Sell, Donate, and Trash.

3.  Assess how you use the space. Where do you have a natural tendency to put things?

4.  Develop a plan for your space. What's going where? Think about how you like to access the different items you need to organize.

5.  Shop - don't forget to shop your own home, too! 

6.  Put your space back together again.  Live with it for awhile and see how it works and feels. 

7.  Maintain.  If your space begins to get out of control again, review steps 1-6 and ask yourself where you might've gone off track.  Be honest! 

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