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I’m a professional organizer so my house MUST be completely spotless all of the time, right? Um, that’s a no.
Let’s face it; unless you own absolutely zero things or spend zero time at home, you’re going to have to deal with clutter – it’s a fact of life. The phrase should be, “Nothing is certain, but death, taxes, & clutter.” Whether it’s the mail, your kids’ toys, or SOMEBODY not putting their laundry away (ahem), things tend to pile up. Thankfully, smart and enterprising people out there designed some super handy products to help keep said clutter in-check.
The best products to banish clutter...
Clutter can creep up anywhere, but I’m going to highlight some of the most common problem areas. Let’s take a deep-dive into the best products to overcome clutter!
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For the Entryway, AKA the "Drop Zone"
1. Shoe Cabinet or Storage Bench
Establishing a drop zone is your first line of defense when it comes to tackling clutter. Designate a spot to store your shoes, your purse or backpack, and a place to drop your keys.
2. Wall Hooks
Wall hooks are a must-have in the entryway. Hang up backpacks and purses to keep your floor clear of clutter.
3. Keys & Mail
For the Kitchen
1. Junk Drawer Organizers
There's always that one drawer crammed with odds & ends: batteries, takeout menus, pens, mystery power cords, loose change, etc. The best approach for taking on this mishmash of random, yet necessary items is to divide and conquer - with drawer organizers. The Container Store takes the cake for drawer divider options., but if there's not a TCS near you (and you don't like paying for shipping) the 'zon has some equally great choices.
2. Sink Caddy
The kitchen sink is another hot spot for clutter - there's the hand soap, the dish soap, sponges, brushes, paper towels, yada yada yada...
3. Hidden Storage
For the Playroom / Kids Room
For ease of use and optimal functionality, I love open storage units for kids toys.
1. Open Storage Units
2. Plastic Bins
PRO TIP: I store these bins on the top shelf so my kids can't take them down without my help. This way they can't pull all of their toys out at the same time; they have to clean up one bin before I take another one down.
3. Baskets & Hampers
Stuffies, lovies, or whatever you want to call them, stuffed animals tend to take up a lot of space, but you do have options...
For the Bathroom
Store the bulk of your toiletries and bathroom essentials in your medicine cabinet or under the counter to keep your bathroom looking tidy.
1. The Lazy Susan
2. Countertop Organizers
3. Floating Shelves
FAQs About Everyday Clutter
1. How do you reduce clutter?
2. How can I make my house look less cluttered?
Too much stuff sitting out in the open can overwhelm the senses and frankly adds another level of stress to your day.
3. How can I de-clutter in less than 5 minutes?
My favorite fast de-cluttering tool is the laundry basket.
The Last Thing You Need To Know About Clutter
Clutter happens (the struggle is real), but it doesn’t have to drive you crazy. Just remember the two golden rules of de-cluttering: purge & placement, and you’ll be well on your way to a happy, organized home in no time. What are some of your best de-cluttering tips? Inquiring minds want to know!