Cleaning Tips Indoors & Out

Easy Ideas to Declutter Your House

We’re not talking about sorting stuffed animals by size, or shoes by color. The HGTV Magazine experts are talking about real-life solutions—the boxes, baskets, and pockets you need to store all your stuff!

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The first step to getting organized is to toss or recycle useless stuff such as: Wire dry-cleaner hangers, socks with no match, old florists’ vases, broken umbrellas, last year’s holiday cards, old makeup, used notebooks, dried-up cans of paint, pens that are out of ink, dead batteries, and old spices.

For more great ways to declutter, check out how HGTV stars stay organized at home.

Stash Your Stuff: Baskets and Bins
We love baskets and bins for: Gardening tools, throw blankets, hair accessories, remotes, trial-size toiletries, books on your to-read list

Some picks (left to right, top to bottom):

  • Nate Berkus 14 1/4"H x 17 3/4"-diameter water hyacinth and raffia basket, $35, (available February 16)
  • I Could’ve Bin a Container Things 12 3/4"W x 3 1/2"D x 4"H iron binin lime, $10,
  • 10"H x 14 1/2"-diameter wire basket in blue, $52,
  • Square Color Block 4" x 13 1/2" plastic bin set in red, $20,
  • Dog Toys 8" x 12" hemp storage bin in black, $38,
  • Woven 16 1/2"W x 12"D x 9 3/4"H felt basket, $39,
  • Rope 10" x 10" cotton basket in yellow, $39,
  • Alaterre Furniture Links 8" x 13" wooden fiber and polyester-blend basket in red, $29 for a set of 3,

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