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25 ways to clear clutter

Minimize the mess with these 25 easy and helpful ways to clear clutter from your home.

Getting organized can sometimes seem like an insurmountable task. Turn messy areas into tidy, stylish spaces with this list of 25 tips that are guaranteed to help clear clutter and keep it away.

1 Identify problem areas:
Take "before" pictures of each room to help identify exactly what needs to be cleared away and which storage solutions might work for each space.

2 The linen closet: Tame trouble amongst your linens and things by organizing and separating items with the help of canisters, baskets and adjustable shelving. Folding all items neatly and arranging each shelf according to room will also help clear clutter in the linen closet.

3 Organize your mind:
Trying to keep the clutter under control is hard enough for even the most organized individual. Add the extra stress of life-on-the-go and it's easy to lose your mind. Keep a pocket-sized notebook handy and jot down daily to-dos, thoughts and plans. At the end of the day, revisit what you've written and organize appropriately, adding items to a grocery list or activities to a calendar for example.

4 Be prepared: Arrange areas based on need and what activities and tasks take place on a regular basis. For example keep hats, gloves and slippers in a basket in the closet near the front foyer so you'll be cold-weather ready in a jiffy when you head out or come inside. 

5 Extra storage: Create storage space in areas that were previously unused. Under the bed and in the front hall will benefit from space-saving additions. Consider a bed frame with shelving underneath in the bedroom and a seating bench with built-in cupboards in the foyer.

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