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Life can be hectic and clutter has a way of sneaking up on even the neatest of households. It may be due to all those shoes, a lack of space or time constraints, but whether you're living in an apartment or in a sprawling house,
everyone can benefit from better organization.

By thinking about storage differently and coming up with a smart system that works for you, you'll be on your way to creating a well-balanced, happier home. Get – and stay – organized with these tips:


When starting the process:

If you're just beginning, remember: baby steps. Focus on one small area or room, or even your junk drawer. Don't get overwhelmed by the big picture. Finish smaller projects once you start; you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and be encouraged to tackle subsequent rooms and projects.

When in the middle of the process:

Stuck midway through an organizational project and need motivation to finish? Think of your project as a mini-makeover – this will make it seem more exciting and less of a chore. Try taking pictures along the way to document your progress and give yourself a boost.

When finished:

Keeping clutter at bay is a full-time job, so keep a watchful eye on areas that naturally accumulate items, such as entryways and child play areas. If you have children, get them involved in the organization process by teaching them where items belong and how to store them. Make it simple with labels on storage bins, basket and drawers.

Source: ClosetMaid Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.