Simple Tips to Relieve Clutter Distress

(Family Features) Getting organized can feel like an insurmountable goal when every place in your home becomes a catch-all for the family clutter, especially if your closets and designated storage areas are tapped out of space.

When the clutter bins are full, or worse yet, you don’t have adequate storage areas built into your home, the hardest part is getting started. Focus on these common problem spaces to contain the clutter before it gets out of hand.

Front door
Even if you don’t have a vestibule or foyer, your entryway into your home can still be an inviting, yet practical space. An attractive hall tree or storage bench creates a great landing place for clutter that comes inside. Add personality to the space with a vibrantly colored console that can neatly store keys, handbags and other things typically dropped upon entry.

Mudroom/laundry room
Organizing these “out-of-sight” rooms more efficiently can be challenging since they fill up quickly and it’s easy to shut the door and forget about the mess. To create a functional space, choose materials and extras that will allow you to take advantage of every aspect of the room.

For example, products like ClosetMaid SpaceCreations can address your lack-of-storage woes wherever you need it most. These DIY furniture-like units can transform an empty wall into a beautifully designed storage mecca and can be customized with a variety of accessories. Adding drawers to the units creates a good home for keys, sunglasses and other miscellaneous items that are easily misplaced.

Use hooks or cubbies to keep backpacks and jackets off the floor and don’t forget to place cabinets or shelves above the washer/dryer to make it easy to keep laundry aids organized and within reach.

Keep clutter at bay by designating an area to be a central command center or drop zone for lunchboxes, papers and mail, so the accumulation of stuff can be contained in one place.

Finding perfect answers to fit your storage needs doesn’t have to be daunting. A little ingenuity combined with the right storage products can easily save your sinking storage ship and make it a completely organized and clutter-free space.

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