Turn on any house hunting television show and you’ll soon become very familiar with the most popular home layout: the open floor plan. In fact, a 2016 survey from the National Association of Home Builders and the Wells Fargo Housing Market Index found that 84% of builders reported the kitchen-family room arrangement is either partially or completely open in the single-family homes they construct. Not only that, but in the 2016 Remodeling Market Index, professional remodelers said that 40% of their projects involved removing interior walls in order to open the existing floor plans.

That said, having a large and open main living space means that there are fewer places to hide the clutter. When you have too little storage space and too much stuff, clutter can wreak havoc.
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A recent survey conducted by Rubbermaid found that 57% of homeowners felt stressed and 42% experienced increased anxiety when their houses were disorganized or cluttered. When our homes are messy, our mental state can feel that way, too. While 90% of moms with children in their homes say they want less clutter, 78% of homeowners stressed about clutter have no idea what to do about their messy homes.

But just as a cluttered room can mirror our mental state, a clean, well-organized space can allow us to feel calm and clear-headed. We can easily find every item we need, get our work done, and even improve our own emotional and physical health. By getting organized and removing clutter, The National Soap and Detergent Association reports, you can eliminate 40% of your housework on average.

So how do you get started? If you don’t have the built-in storage space in your home, you’ll need to add some. As 61% of survey respondents report, organization products are an ideal way to amp up their tidying efforts. Modular cube organizers, fabric storage bins, storage benches, and shoe organizers can become your best friends during this process. They'll provide you with the space you need to store a wide variety of items in an attractive, functional way. Best of all, they won't detract from the beautiful openness of your floor plan.

If you're struggling with stress caused by clutter, know that you aren’t alone -- and that your situation isn't hopeless. By investing in some clever storage and organization options and tackling the mess head-on, you’ll restore your sanity and the sanctity of your space.