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55 Ways to Clear Clutter


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9. Repurpose a plastic or wooden wine rack as off-the-floor shoe storage for the hall closet. -Ellen Phillips, author of Kick the Clutter (Rodale)

10. Don't hide a beautiful bowl in the china cabinet. Instead, show it off on top of the dresser and use it to hold everyday necessities like your watch, wallet, and rings. -Meryl Starr, author of The Home Organizing Workbook (Chronicle)

11. Hang over-the-door towel bars or hooks on a kitchen cabinet or drawer for holding oven mitts and tea towels. -Deborah Shearer, for organize.com

12. Bright silicone hooks (pictured) keep my fave fleece from being tossed to the floor. -Lindsey St. Clair, Family Circle Editorial Assistant

13. If you don't have sufficient closet space, try a pretty chest in the entryway as a catchall for items like hats, gloves, and wrapping paper. -Mary Ostyn, author of A Sane Woman's Guide to Raising a Large Family (Gibbs Smith)

14. Put a small recycling bin next to the family desk and discard junk mail as soon as it arrives. -Mary Carlomagno, author of Secrets of Simplicity (Chronicle)

15. If you lack shelf space in the bathroom, give each family member a portable plastic tote that they can keep in the bedroom for stashing their nonessentials. -Donna Smallin, author of A to Z Storage Solutions (Storey)

16. To save repeated trips up and down the stairs, keep a basket on the bottom step to stockpile items like slippers or video games. Carry them up all at once at the end of the day. -Romaine Lowery, author of The Clutter Clinic (Sterling)

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