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55 Ways to Clear Clutter

Our team of organizing experts offers their top tidying tips, tools, and affordable finds guaranteed to help you bring order to your home once and for all.

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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

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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