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Clear the clutter in your home with these top clutter busters.


As much as I try to tell readers they don’t need to spend money on new gadgets to get them organized, sometimes it helps to have the right tools to get you there. Below are my top picks for everyday items that will help you clear the clutter in your home.

1. Trays

West Elm Lacquer Wood Tray
Photo / West Elm

Everything looks better in a tray. It provides a sense of symmetry and organization to one-off items, or items you want to keep accessible and therefore do not want to store.

  • Makeup (I like this one from Organize.com)
  • Everyday jewelry like your watch, your workday earrings, etc.
  • Things on your night table like a glass of water, the book you’re currently reading, a box of tissues, etc.
  • Remote controls
  • Magazines
  • Mail

2. Jars

Bathroom storage jars
Photo / 3.bp.blogspot.com

I am a sucker for ball jars, also known as mason jars, so every time I go into one of those antique stores that dot the kind of sleepy New England and upstate New York towns I like to visit, I always buy a ball jar. But for organizational purposes, any jar will do.

Jars, like trays, are great at collecting various one-off objects and making them look neat and tidy.

  • Desk accessories: pens and pencils, scissors, letter openers, etc.
  • Kitchen counter tops: ladles, wooden spoons, kitchen sheers, etc.
  • Bathroom basin: toothpaste, tooth brushes, curling irons, hairbrushes, etc.

3. Bins

Rita Konig Storage Baskets
Photo / Rita Konig

There are so many advantages to bins; they are ultra portable, a durable storage solution, and much better looking than a plastic shopping bag. You can just grab one, walk around your home get down to some serious decluttering.

In fact, I suggest you do this for 5-10 minutes every single day: grab a bin (not a trash can), wander your home from room-to-room, toss everything into the bin that’s out of place, and then put it back where it belongs. Voila: mobile, portable, easy clutter control.

Here are my picks for Top Plastic Storage Containers.

4. Cubbies

12-Pair Shoe Organizer
Photo / The Container Store

I am convinced that is it both physically and psychologically easier to clean up by placing (tossing?) things into bins that slide into cubbies than placing them on shelves. This is especially true for households with children. I like the expedit bookcase from Ikea which you can turn into a bin holder or use as a bookcase--or both. Cubbies, for the win! (Pictured at left is the Container Store Shoe Cubby)

5. Hooks

Cabinet Cup Rack
Photo / Spectrum

I am not only a total ball jar devotee, I am hopelessly devoted to Command Hooks which I feel are on par with other genius inventions like the little umbrellas that bartenders put in fruity beach cocktails. And Command Hooks are way, way more useful.

  • Hang mugs under your kitchen cabinets
  • Hang scarves, belts and hats in your clothes closet
  • Hang bags in your entry way, basement or attic
  • Hang kitchen towels, cooking tools and small appliances in your kitchen
  • Hang BBQ accessories in the garage or on the deck

The list goes on and on.

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