Room-by-Room Organizing

Easy-to-steal storage tricks for small spaces (closets and bathrooms) and larger gathering spots (living rooms and kitchens).
Solutions for the Living Room, Bathroom, and More
  • Assess the clutter.Start by creating three categories: keep, donate, and toss. As you work your way through the items in the basement, assign each one to a category. If you rarely use a piece, it’s probably a good candidate to donate or toss.
  • Donate or toss.Contact local charities and arrange for a pickup of items to donate; put the toss items out with the trash or recycling.
  • Edit the belongings you’re keeping.Separate the keep pile into new categories, such as books, sporting goods, etc. Assign each category a location: Books should be stowed in a plastic storage box placed on a high shelf (or in a corner of the attic); sporting equipment might be sent to a bin in the garage.
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