Simple & Subtle Clutter-Taming Tools From This Week's Top Family Posts

January 27 - 31, 2014

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Ahh clutter. That beast that always hides in the shadows, just waiting to explode when we least expect it (though usually when we're having the busiest/most frustrating weeks). If your home is looking particularly nice after finishing up the Cure, don't let it descend into madness; check out these tools and tips and maybe even try one out this weekend.

We found some clutter-taming tools that could work for homes of any size family (yes even those that don't have kids) and tips to remember all year long from this week's top family posts.

Top photo: We love the idea of a super skinny, unassuming piece of furniture in an underutilized space in the home (in this photo from a stairwell landing in Lucy & Thomas Say Goodbye to their Artful Family Home). It'd be a bonus to find a furniture piece like this and not fill it up right off the bat; rather, let it be used as stuff accumulates throughout the year. As spotted in Organization Inspiration: Family Entryways from Our House Tours.

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It's such a simple idea from Ralph & Michelle's One Big Happy Family Home, hidden storage in a long entryway bench. But if your home's clutter frequently makes it look like you have more kids than you have (especially if you don't actually have any), then incorporating a bench with hidden storage could be just the thing. In the DIY spirit? Make a hidden storage bench from IKEA cabinets!

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Erin Loechner was talking about toys in Taming Toys: Tips to Keep Your Home from Looking Like a Toy Store Explosion, but when she suggested that clutter could be tamed — or at least the frustration of seeing obnoxious, unattractive toys littering your house diminished — simply by being more careful about only bringing in toys you find attractive, we feel like that could apply to all items in your house. The "clutter" won't seem as ugly if it's items you love the look of.

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We're either completely unable to find a pen/pencil when we need one, or absolutely drowning in writing utensils we've carelessly strewn about our living space. We could use a stylish way to corral them! The fast, cheap and surprisingly stylish solution we spotted in Buy or DIY: Arts & Crafts Supply Storage? A shoe box and some toilet paper rolls! We'll be keeping all of our pens and markers attractively close at hand when we make one of these today.

Find all the great ideas from family posts year round here.

(Image credits: Sarah Rainwater; Monte Design; Ken Loechner; Aunt Peaches)

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