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How to Get Organized
These simple solutions will tame your clutter and tidy your storage all year long.
Written by Jickie Torres
Photography by Mark Tanner
Styling by Jacqueline deMontravel
  • Getting your home is clear and organized working over doesn’t need to involve an major redesign or total overhaul. You can arm yourself with hard-working yet easy to find pieces that can instantly clear away the clutter and give you easy ways to stay on top of the everyday junk that seems to accumulate in the blink of an eye. Try these simple but effective tricks and make a difference in no time.

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  • Basket Case

    Simple, lightweight furniture is great for small spaces—and usually great for the budget, too. However, these easy pieces may leave you at a loss for storage. Here’s a simple solution: Use beautiful baskets as open containers to store extra blankets, throws, and even books and nightstand supplies. They not only look great, but they keep everything easily accessible.

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  • Get the Hang of It

    You don’t need a designer budget to get the look and functionality of a custom laundry
    room. A simple tension rod, available for as little as $10, is a great way to get vertical space to help you organize and maximize your laundry room. Install it above the washer/dryer to use as a clothesline or below a shelf to help you store and organize supplies.

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  • Dish it Up

    Need to get your vanity and other tabletop clutter under control? Use dishes and trays from the kitchen to keep your jewelry, office supplies and other small items neatly contained. Bonus: Colorful decorative ceramics and serveware match your style better than anything you can find at an office-supply store.

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  • Kitchen Addition

    There’s almost always a shortage of drawers in the kitchen. Before you remodel with the big bucks, get the same functionality from a repurposed piece of furniture—a
    dresser! You can find one with similar details to integrate perfectly into your kitchen
    design or one in a contrasting look, such as a vintage style, to make the dresser
    stand out as a focal point.

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  • Color Coordinated

    Looking for a way to make a shelf instantly more neat and tidy? Color coordinate it to simplify the look and reduce the visual clutter. Also, editing your display is a great way refresh a room’s look; consider donating old things to make room for items you use regularly and want to make shine. If letting go isn’t an option, stash extra items away and rotate them into your décor, changing out the look every few months.

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