Decluttering 76 Stories

5 Ways to Pare Down Your Stuff — Before It Gets in the Door
Can you nicely refuse unwanted things others might try to foist on you? What can you say when relatives do not see the gifts they have given you proudly displayed on the mantel? And how can you win the battle with your own mind as you try to shove yet...
10 Secrets to a Neat Living Room
It’s where you hang out, flop down, decompress. It’s also probably where you read, play, craft, watch movies and entertain. With so much going on, it’s no wonder it can be difficult to keep the living room looking (and feeling) neat. And other than...
Folding Designs Make the Most of Your Space
Remember folding tables? Many of us grew up with one in our homes. It had a simple design: Its two leaves could collapse down, leaving just a narrow central worktop, with legs neatly stowed beneath. When folded up, it left masses of space free, but could...
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Bathroom
Wet towels and dirty clothes dumped on the floor, the sink littered with products, soap scum caked on every surface … In the daily rush to get out the door, the bathroom often fares the worst (and that’s not even mentioning the really grubby stuff)....
7-Day Plan: Get a Spotless, Beautifully Organized Entry Hall
A neat, chic entryway gives visitors a positive first impression and makes coming home a pleasure. But between the daily influx of mail and a household’s worth of coats, shoes and bags, this space is often one of the most challenging...
Get the Organizing Help You Need (Finally!)
Clutter and disarray driving you bonkers? Perhaps it’s finally time to call in some organizing help. Whether you need assistance with a large room or a small closet, or you need an entire household reboot, this guide can get you started. ...
Got a Disastrously Messy Area? Try Triage
For those of us who are Not Naturally Organized, running a household can be overwhelming. “I don’t even know where to begin” is a common lament. We look at our Naturally Organized family members and friends and wonder how they do it. How do...
Inherited Pieces: Embrace the Approach That Works for You
As an interior designer, I get the privilege of observing humans in their natural habitat. I get to immerse myself in people’s homes and witness their struggles firsthand. When I wrote Escape...
Outside the Box: 18 Unconventional Storage Solutions
You know that shoe box on the top shelf of your closet? The one stuffed with photo booth pictures, ticket stubs and other arbitrary mementos? Yeah, that one. So what if it’s more scrap yard than scrapbook? Before you rush out to replace it with a proper...
Downsizing Help: Color and Scale Ideas for Comfy Compact Spaces
A customer went to one of those pod-storage companies asking to reserve one month of storage for a ReloCube. As everything was being finalized, the customer asked if it would be OK if he and his dog lived in the cube while it was in storage. Now...
Downsizing Help: Storage Solutions for Small Spaces
You have ruthlessly purged and carefully planned, but there you are in the middle of your new small home, surrounded by boxes of really necessary stuff, and you have no place to put it. I feel your pain. Believe me — I’ve been through it. Hang...
Something Wicker This Way Comes
A wicker basket is a beautiful thing. Whether fashioned out of natural fibers or an engineered substitute, these handy catchalls come in all sizes and shapes and in every shade of brown (except, of course, when they’re painted). Whether you use flea...
How Much Stuff Is Enough?
So you want to pare down your belongings. But how much, exactly, do you get rid of? And how can you prevent stuff from simply piling up all over again? Part of the solution to a lasting clutter-free existence may lie in numbers. As...
How to Make Your Garage a Storage Powerhouse
Garages often turn into repositories for everything from sports equipment to holiday decorations. But with planning you can turn your garage into a harmonious space with room to actually — wait for it — park the car.
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