Cleaning house can help you shed pounds and stress and boost your health and career opportunities. Really!

By Lisa Murphy

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Clutter can contribute to allergies and asthma

According to the Mayo Clinic, newspapers, knickknacks and other clutter collects dust, which contains dust mites, microscopic organisms that can trigger allergy and asthma attacks. Dust can also contain harmful contaminants such as pesticides and lead, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to getting organized, regularly use a damp rag to pick up surface dust, and vacuum floors, carpets and furniture with a HEPA-filter vacuum.
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