How to Declutter Your Home, According to Organizing Experts

For starters, junk drawers won't do you any good.

Decluttering Tips
Mike Garten

It's amazing how even the smallest spaces can collect the most stuff (read: junk). Instead of letting the clutter pile up, take control of your home by following these expert tips. And if your home is really in need of an overhaul, check out these top-rated organizing products.

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Decluttering Tips kitchen
Betsy Farrell
Declutter Your Kitchen

Messes materialize the fastest in the heart of your home. Keep it clean and tidy (until your kids roll through) with some pro advice.

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blue kitchen
Scott Rickels
Expand Cabinet Storage

When it comes to the kitchen, it's what's on the inside that counts. Make the most of your cabinet space — no matter how small — with a quick DIY project. "Mount a rack on the back of a cabinet or pantry door, or try a roll-out rack in a lower cupboard to amp up cabinet space," recommends organizing expert .



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pot rack 
Victoria Pearson
Use Up Wall Space

"Bulky pots and pans can quickly gobble up valuable cabinet space," says Alison Victoria, host of . "Be like Julia Child and put them on display — just hang from or from a suspended pot rack." Now, go and be like Julia Child!

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organized spice rack
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Tame Your Spices

As a general rule, spices stay fresh for roughly four years. If you've had the same container of coriander for more years than you can count, ditch it. When it comes time to organize, either place them alphabetically or categorize them by use. Or just get one of these handy spice organizers that does the work for you.

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Decluttering Tips bathroom
Betsy Farrell
Declutter Your Bathroom

At this point, your bathroom practically has as many products as a Target beauty aisle. There are the scattered cotton pads, expired mascara tubes, an assortment of toilet bowl cleaners, just to name a few. That ends now.

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decluttered bathroom
Stephani Buchman
Toss Expired Products

When was the last time you checked the expiration date on a bottle of sunscreen? Exactly. "Take 20 minutes every three months to pull everything out of your bathroom cabinets and check expiration dates. Throw out all expired products and items that you just don't like," says Susan Santoro, owner of . Not sure when something's actually expired? Check out this helpful guide.

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bathroom with baskets under sink
Alec Hemer
Keep Towels on Hand

If you're short on closet space, then bring your everyday linens right into the bathroom. Stuff decorative wicker baskets with bath towels for a practical yet stylish accent.

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bathroom sink storage
Monica Buck
Amp Up Under-the-Sink Storage

Instead of filling up your precious vanity space, take advantage of the space below the sink with labeled baskets, bins, or stackable plastic drawers. Decide what's worth keeping by following trick: "Tuck everything away out of sight and watch what builds up over the next two to three days. Those items are worth keeping in an easy-to-reach spot. Everything else should be packed away."

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Decluttering Tips bedroom
Betsy Farrell
Declutter Your Bedroom

Your bedroom should be your place of zen. After following these genius tips, it can be. *Breathes a sigh of relief.*

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basket in bedroom
Jonny Valiant
Hide a Hamper

Place a basket underneath an open bedside table to create an undercover drop spot for laundry or throw pillows.

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pink and blue bedroom
Laure Joliet
Think Below the Bed

If you're tight on closet space, under-the-bed storage works wonders. Store any out of season clothes or accessories in space-saving vacuum storage bags or . Before storing any apparel, toss any that has rips, stains, or pulls.

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Decluttering Tips office
Betsy Farrell
Declutter Your Office

A cluttered desk and a cluttered mind go hand in hand. Make your office space productive again by listening to the experts.

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decluttered open shelves
Mark Scott
Follow the Rule of Three

Open shelves are great in theory — until you fill 'em tchotchkes, knick-knacks, and straight-up clutter. "Restrict non-book items to a maximum of three per shelf," says Melissa Picheny, founder of . "Their sizes and shapes can vary, but relate the pieces by color or theme — say, ceramic vases in shades of cream."

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organized bookshelf
Mike Garten
Leave Room to Grow

If you fill your bookshelf to the brim, then you won't have any room to continue growing your collection. Good point, huh? "The goal is to leave at least 10% of each shelf bare and book-free," explains Justin Klonsky, author of . "Before filling bookshelves, do a side-by-side comparison, ask yourself: If I could keep only one of these two volumes, which would it be?" (Remember, you can store everything else on an .)

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cord-free desk
Erika LaPresto/Studio D
Detangle Cords and Cables

Between chargers, lamp cords, and laptop wires, your desk can quickly become a maze. Secure wires in a cable box, which keeps things tidy, or install a shelf with cable “ports." You can also use decorative washi tape to label cords for easier use.

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Decluttering Tips living room
Betsy Farrell
Declutter Your Living Room

You live here — and it sure looks like it. Give your living space a warm, cozy, and functional feel with these decluttering tips.

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glass coffee table
Mike Garten
Clear the Coffee Table

Coffee tables are the focal point of most living rooms. As tempting as it may be to cover it with books, candles, and flowers, prop stylist recommends you keep it as clear as possible. "To give the illusion that a room is a clutter-free, the top of the coffee table should be 75% clear. Styles with drawers or shelves below the surface will get you there fast," she says.

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round coffee table
Michael J Lee
Create Good Flow

"It’s not as much about where you put your furniture as it is about the types of pieces you choose. In each room I design, I try
to include at least one round piece, such as a coffee table, that people can walk around without bumping their knees," says interior designer . She also recommends filling the space with versatile pieces like an ottoman, which can be used to sit or to hold a drink.

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entryway table
Erika LaPresto/Studio D
Make It Guest-Friendly

"Corral smaller items — vases, candles, and decorative accents — on a handled tray that’s easy to relocate when company's coming," says Klonsky. Because we're clearly more inclined to clean our house for guests rather than ourselves.

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living room throw pillows
Rachel Whiting
Pair Pillows by Color

Whatever you do, don't go overboard on the throw pillows. "Stick to a trio in complementary colors and patterns — always have at least one solid — for most sofas," says Picheny. A massive couch, however, can handle five pillows — two solids, three patterned.

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