Ways to make clutter work for you

The Baltimore Sun

Trying to get a handle on the clutter in your home? Before you go out and spend a bundle on storage containers and organizational paraphernalia, take a look around. You may be able to make that clutter do double duty.

Real Simple magazine offers some ways to organize your home using stuff you already have:

Use your coat rack as a jewelry organizer. An unused coat rack is a perfect way to organize and display necklaces, while adding a hint of color to the room.

Use a tissue box to store plastic shopping bags. Try folding plastic bags neatly and storing them in an empty Kleenex box to save space. It also provides easy access.

Use a desk organizer to store kitchen items. Stick your old file in a kitchen corner and use it to stack cutting boards and cookie sheets.

Use a garden hose holder to store holiday lights. Why spend all of that time untangling and debugging your Christmas lights when the holidays roll around? Store them neatly, by winding them around an old hose holder.

Use rubber bands to keep straps on hangers. Are your shirts and dresses forever sliding off their hangers? You don't need to invest in high-end hangers. Just snap a couple of rubber bands on each end of the hanger to hold straps in place.

Use a shower caddy to organize cleaning supplies. Are your kitchen cabinets full to brimming with cleaning solutions and scouring pads? Reclaim space by stacking cleaning supplies neatly in a shower caddy.

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