Creative Tools to Organize 4 Clutter Zones

March 03, 2017

Creative Tools to Organize 4 Clutter Zones

Right about now, you have a combination of winter and spring items fighting for storage domination around your home. All you want to do is restore order. Take it from a professional tidy-upper: You can literally contain the chaos. These creative storage tools help organize areas where clutter often occurs:

Bathroom counters

You’ve got a sea of moisturizers, cleansers, and toners to contend with. Storing them haphazardly in the medicine cabinet won’t work. Instead, use an over-the-door beauty organizer to separate products by body region–face items in one area, below-the-neck supplies in another. You can also organize compartments by frequency of use–dailies, weeklies, and “whenevers.” If you must have your products displayed on the counter, use a turntable to corral potions and lotions into a handy swiveling showcase.

Makeup drawer

You have a mainstay of go-to cosmetics, a stash for special occasions, and impulse buys, like that plum glitter eyeshadow, you’re holding onto just in case. The problem is that everything is mixed together. First, sort through your supply, and ask yourself if you really need seven shades of pink. Probably not. Make sense of what’s left by using a tiered makeup organizer with transparent shelves you can categorize by function and in order of importance. Or steal a page from professional cosmetologists by storing makeup in a stylish, travel-friendly train case with trays you can easily remove for daily use.


Has it gotten so bad that you can barely reach the alarm clock without having your phone, glasses, and bullet journal go crashing down? Try organizing items in attractive, stackable jewelry trays that you can leave out or place in drawers. Another option is to toss odds and ends into functional, foldable baskets that are cute enough to display or roll up and tuck away. The best part: Having less clutter in sight might help you to sleep better.

Junk drawer

Making sense of the dumping ground that is your junk drawer can be a game changer. First, toss the errant assembly parts and unread user manuals collecting dust. Use a cutlery tray to group like items together, such as batteries, rubber bands, measuring tape, keychain souvenirs, and cork screws, which you’ll need to crack open a bottle of wine to celebrate the joy of tidying up. Now you just have to keep it that way.

–“Tidy” Tova Weinstock


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