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ShopSmart’s instant clutter busters
Posted Thursday, February 3, 2011
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Easy tricks and tools to neaten up closets, drawers, and shelves super fast
Yonkers, NY — Organizing is one of those big, dreaded jobs that’s easy to keep putting off—but it doesn’t have to be daunting if you start small. The March 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, features a guide to the top smart mini-projects designed to give readers a jump start on organizing their homes.
“The secret to getting organizing projects done before things get too out of hand is to start small,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “So we researched the best tips and put together a one-stop guide to help you tackle your closets, drawers and shelves—and to keep them de-junked for good.”
Organizing Made Easy
Here is a sampling of ShopSmart’s advice to getting your entire home in order:
- STOW IT Entry clutter Corral keys and other stuff in the entryway, such as wallets and cell phones, by tucking them into an over-the-door plastic shoe bag. Kick shoes onto a designated mat or into a wicker basket by the door. Or stow them in a cabinet with cubbyholes or under a bench with cushions. To manage mail, put a nice bin on top of the hall table for bills and letters, and place a wastebasket underneath for junk mail to sort immediately. Drape a pretty cloth over the table to hide the basket.
- BUNDLE IT Bed linens Use the pillow trick: Tuck each sheet set into a pillowcase and place it on a shelf labeled according to size, such as twin or queen, in order to avoid searching for pieces. To really streamline things, keep only two sets per bed and donate the rest.
- HANG IT Jewelry Think outside the jewelry box—hang your necklaces and bracelets on the walls in your closet or on the back of the closet door using mounted hooks. You can even buy a wall-mounted earring organizer. Putting your baubles within reach of your clothes helps you accessorize while you’re getting dressed, so it’s a double-duty time-saver.
- TIER IT Toiletries Organize medicine-cabinet shelves according to body part (hair, mouth, face). Or give each family member his or her own shelf. To keep the cabinet even less cluttered and safe for kids, store pills and other medicines outside the bathroom and out of their reach. (Heat and humidity can break down pills.) Be mindful of expiration dates and throw out products more than a year old.
- RACK IT Home-entertainment gear like DVDs and remotes Tuck remotes in nice, labeled baskets or in a storage stool that doubles as seating or an ottoman. Got more time? Install door racks on the inside of your stereo cabinet doors to hold DVDs and video games. Place tabs in owner’s manuals so that you’ll immediately find what you need (how to program your DVR, for instance).