Get It Together

Orange BowlClutter. Chaos. Disorganization. It happens to the best of us. And in between school schedules and the holidays can be the worst — the backpacks, the books, the hectic schedule. But fear not, your beautiful home is still there under all that stuff. Try these tips to get on top of the clutter.

 

Plan Ahead: Carve out time before then to de-clutter and organize. You’ll be glad when those busy times hit that you started with a clean slate.

Contain Yourself: First, declutter your home, one room at a time. When you see what’s left, you’ll have a better idea of what containers will be most useful. Be practical, be creative and have fun, too — along with standard-issue plastic totes, consider decorative trunks, benches with hidden storage or a family of wicker baskets.

Get to the Heart — the Kitchen: Stuff simply tends to pile up in the kitchen, so start decluttering here, and then work to prevent future pile-ups. Clear out unused pans, dishes, gadgets and other accessories that you never use, and give them away.

Reinvent the Hall Closet: It can be a dark, uninviting place where things go in and never come out again — but it doesn’t have to be. Brighten up the closet with a stick-on, battery-powered light and add enough shoe cubbies to neatly hold the family’s most-used footwear.

Close Out Your Clothes: Chances are you wear only about 20 percent of your clothes 80 percent of the time. Put sentimentality aside and be realistic about the clothes you actually wear. Give away items in good shape and toss the rest (or turn them into rags for future cleaning sprees!).

 

Most importantly, stop clutter before it starts.

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