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13 Organizing Solutions for Conquering Clutter

Simple strategies for containing the uncontainable. 

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Coupons and Receipts

“You don’t use coupons in the house, so don’t keep them there,” says Ellen Madere, an organizer in Old Lyme, Connecticut ( Store coupons in your car’s glove compartment in a heavy-duty zippered pouch. (We like Coupons Receiptables, $12, When you’re getting gas and waiting for the pump to finish, flip through the stack to refresh your memory and clear out any coupons that have expired. Hard-core coupon users need the Couponizer ($20,, says Quintana: It’s a book with pockets categorized to match the aisles of a grocery store. As for receipts, trash them, except the ones for big-ticket items and potential returns. Put those in a lightweight mini file that lives in your purse.

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