20 Clever Ways to Beat Clutter

Get your entire house in order with these simple tricks (bonus: every idea on our list is cheap and easy to do!).
  1. Make Your Own Magazine Rack

    If you’re a fan of cooking magazines, then you know how hard it is to find that perfect recipe when you need it most. Keep your go-to meals at your fingertips by crafting your own homemade magazine rack to place on your kitchen counter.

    Learn how to do it

  2. Use a Ladder for Shoe Storage

    Instead of throwing out that spare ladder, turn it into a shoe rack. Your collection will be nice and tidy, and your shoes will be easily accessible when you want to wear them.

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  3. Use Cigar Boxes to Tidy Up Drawers

    To keep your junk drawers from overflowing, use these perfectly sized boxes to organize your stuff. Come up with a system that makes sense to you; sort objects by function, for example.

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  4. Store Leftover Paint in Mason Jars

    The only thing that’s worse than watching paint dry is finding space for all of those leftover, half-empty paint cans. To free up some space in your closet without having to throw away unused paint, try storing the remaining color in small mason jars.

    Learn how to do it

  5. Tidy Up Linen Closet with Baskets

    Between towels, knick-knacks and your never-ending supply of hair products, it’s easy for this tiny closet space to become a mess. The solution? Organize everything into baskets with labels.

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  6. Hang Up Your Handbags

    Save floor space in your closet by installing zigzag hooks–they’re more visually interesting than a standard wall hook.

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  7. Use Sock Organizers for Ties and Belts

    Sure, sock organizers are useful for keeping your drawers in tip-top shape -- But they also work just as well for ties and belts too.

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  8. Tidy Up Your Nightstand With Clear Drawers

    Keep your nightstand (or vanity) tidy by organizing perfume, watches and other accessories in simple clear trays!

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  9. Hide Laundry Room Clutter

    No cabinets in your laundry? Hide messy shelves stocked with cleaning supplies behind bamboo blinds.

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  10. Store Towels on a Wine Rack

    A trusty wine rack is a great kitchen accessory — but it’s just as impressive when it’s stocked with towels on your bathroom floor.

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  11. Pack Away Crafting Supplies

    Keep all of your crafting supplies neat and tidy by organizing them in an inexpensive makeup kit.

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  12. Install a Coat Rack in Your Closet–for Your Jeans!

    Always digging around your closet for your favorite pair of jeans? Stop the madness by hanging them up instead of stacking them with other clothes on your closet shelf.

    Learn how to do it

  13. Store Random Stuff in a Shoe Organizer

    Short on storage space? Hang a shoe organizer on the inside of your closet door for utilitarian gear, like tape, power cords and spray bottles.

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  14. Designate Drop Spots for Jewelry

    Do you constantly lose track of your rings, bracelets and necklaces? Place small, decorative bowls in strategic spots throughout your home that can serve as jewelry drop spots.

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  15. Store Shoes in Clear Boxes

    You’ll always remember what shoe is inside the box if you store your shoes in clear boxes. The bonus is that they’re space-saving, stackable and they look great!

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  16. Hang Shelves Near Your Bed

    You love to lounge around in bed, but there's no place to store your books, headphones, and other gadgets. Solve the problem by hanging a shelf above your bed.

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  17. Set Up a Crafty Place for Remotes

    Always losing your TV remote? Store it in a cool vase or container, so it’s always where you need when you want it.

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  18. Keep Your Chargers Together

    Hate searching for chargers only to find them in a tangled mess? Keeping them all in one place ensures you’ll always find what you’re looking for.

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  19. Hide Clutter in Tin Buckets

    Cut clutter by "hiding" it in tin flower buckets placed strategically around your home.

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  20. Store Bulk Items in Glass Jars

    Ditch cardboard packaging for bulk items. Instead, store ‘em in simple glass containers with labels for a tidier, more organized pantry.

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