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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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"My bedroom is making me crazy! Clothes wind up everywhere, and my closet is jammed full."
—Lisa

"You need less stuff and a better system," says Platt. The goal is to pare down your wardrobe and create enough room so that putting clothes away at the end of the day isn't a headache. To create more space, stow bulky items, such as sweaters and heavy blankets, in a trunk or storage bench at the foot of your bed. If closets and drawers still feel cramped, relegate out-of-season clothing to under-the-bed storage boxes. Once you've figured out what you want to keep, clear clutter from exposed surfaces, such as nightstands and dressertops. Use a pretty tray on top of each to corral necessities, such as jewelry you wear daily and reading glasses. Rather than displaying a bunch of trinkets or odds and ends—which wind up jumbled and covered in dust—show off one special piece and store the rest. Set up a door-side basket so you have a place for items that belong elsewhere, such as your kids' stray DSi games. Finally, make the bed every morning, which will instantly pull the room together.

Botanical bloom double storage ottoman, $80, target.com

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