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Turn Clutter into Storage and Decor Solutions

How to refresh a room using boxes, jars, and other household items.

By Real Simple Magazine Feb 8, 2012 2:24AM
Three Clutter-Busting Concepts

These three key steps will get you on your way to making order in your home using basic everyday items.


Antonis Achilleos


1. Contain: Enough storage space is, of course, the Holy Grail of any household. But solutions to the problem are probably littering your closets and cupboards right now. Use monochromatic boxes, wooden crates, berry baskets, and empty jars to stash anything from mementos to old files, paper clips to dried spices.



Antonis Achilleos

2. Repeat: Transform stray containers or collectibles into a decorative tableau by clustering like objects. Consistency produces a neater look than a random assembly does―and while one or two may look arbitrary, a group looks like art.



3. Repurpose: Although your lidless sugar bowl and your wobbly chair no longer serve their original purposes, they're far from useless. You can eke a second life out of idle treasures by assigning them new functions―and, in so doing, add style to the surfaces they grace.



See More: Turn Clutter Into Storage and Decorating Solutions

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