15 Ways to De-Clutter Your Life

Check out our readers' brilliant solutions for keeping everything organized -- then try them yourself.
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1. Cabinet Session
"I use the insides of the cabinet doors to keep my kitchen neat and organized. I put cork tiles on some, and that's where I tack up my grocery list, coupons, and takeout menus. On others I attached little hooks where I hang up measuring spoons, ladles, and cups. This way I can find things easily, and the counters and drawers aren't filled with clutter."
-- Barbara Schwarck, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2. Trip Tricks
When I travel, I buy souvenirs that help me stay organized rather than add to my clutter. For example, I've collected a lot of cool little boxes -- like the vintage enameled salt boxes I got in France -- that I keep in my kitchen. Each one of them holds something -- keys, tea bags, spices, coffee filters, you name it.
-- Ellen Williams, New York, New York

3. Excess Baggage
Luggage is usually so big and bulky that it takes up a lot of closet space. But it dawned on me that my suitcases are perfect for storing my off-season clothing. I tuck a bar of soap inside to protect against moths.
-- Zele Avradopoulos, Waltham, Massachusetts

4. Groceries Made Easy
I created an Excel spreadsheet where I list all the stuff I buy regularly at the supermarket organized into various categories like dairy, produce, and paper goods. I print it out every week and hang it on the fridge. Then everyone in my family circles the things we need so I can take the list when I go to the store.
-- Kristin Delfau, Danbury, Connecticut

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