Woman and kids in closet
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It seems everyone wants to get organized, but no one knows quite how to do it—and that includes the staff of Real Simple. Sure, the editors know all about the newest and niftiest shelving units and storage containers, but they don’t always put the strategies they’ve developed into practice. In an informal office poll, certain stumbling blocks—from spouses who won’t follow house rules to drawers that runneth over with last year’s Halloween costumes—repeatedly surfaced. Sound familiar? Overcome your own barriers to organizational bliss with the following expert tips for real-life problems from RS staffers.