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Controlling Clutter
Without Sacrificing Style

By H. Iacobacci-Miller

It's that time of year again - Spring Cleaning time. Tired of hearing about home recipes for cleaning products or new ways to dust? Me too. If you're like me, no amount of cleaning seems to control the clutter that inevitably collects around the home.

Here are just a few tips on controlling clutter - which will hopefully make spring cleaning a breeze.

  • Antique Suitcases or Trunks
    • Try stacking vintage suitcases in a den or living room. They make great storage for magazines, throws or whatever else you have that needs a home.
    • Place them at the foot of a bed for an eclectic look as well as a place to hide extra blankets and linens.

  • Decorative Boxes
    • Place a small decorative box on your coffee table to providestorage and interest as well as a way to hide remote controls, pens, paper and more.


  • Decorative Screens
    • Screens are great way to conceal a corner craft table or home office area or any other clutter that tends to collect in corners.
    • For a desk, use a small screen to make the computer monitor disappear.


  • Baskets
    • Baskets are a classic way of hiding and storing clutter such as magazines, craft or office supplies, and more. They're no longer just for Country decorating and come in all shapes, sizes and materials.

If you're looking for a way to organize your cabinets, there are a myriad of shelving and organizing products available. There are caddies to hold cleaning products, dispensers for plastic sacks and shelves made especially for your spices. To clean up your closet, try using a closet organizer. They come in a variety of materials and prices and can be customized to fit nearly any closet space.

Organizing your "clutter" can seem like a daunting task, but with the new organizing products and options available and a little creativity you can achieve a clutter free space without sacrificing design and style.