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Clutter-Clearing Tips from Organizing Experts

Clothes, shoes, papers, craft supplies; sorting out the mess never seems to end, say Family Circle staffers and members of our social network, Momster.com. Here, organizing experts tackle their problems and share their best tips for cutting clutter.

By Kimberly Fusaro

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"I shove everything—rubber bands, paper clips, pens—into a tiny narrow drawer in my kitchen. It's a total mess."
—Krista Meyerhoff, Family Circle Editorial Assistant

Take back your junk drawer by first emptying and cleaning it. Toss what isn't worth saving and find a more appropriate spot for things that are (say, phone chargers). Next, come up with the best use for the drawer—scissors, spare batteries, and receipts, perhaps? Platt suggests arranging the contents in a modular drawer organizer (containerstore.com). The components come in a variety of lengths and widths, so you can find the perfect configuration for even the smallest spaces. To keep things from shifting, cut a rubber drawer liner to fit underneath.

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