Your clutter problems solved

By Scott Nyerges on January 6, 2014 06:01:00 pm


Every new year’s, we resolve to clean up, pare down and get organized. And every year, those home-organizing projects seem to fall by the wayside. But this year can be different. You. Can. Conquer. Clutter. We’ve asked organizing experts to share tales of their most challenging jobs and the solutions that tamed them. The products they recommend can help you get organized and stay that way.

Closets are a natural clutter magnet; it’s so easy to shove unwanted items in and shut the door. Out of sight, out of mind. But sooner or later, all that stuff begins to get in the way of things you actually need (like your winter coat or the vacuum). That’s when it’s time to clean, sort and toss.

An easy way to get started is to label your belongings. Kate S. Brown, owner of Impact Organizing in Sarasota, Fla., recommends using sticky notes in three colors. For example, use a pink sticky for items you want to keep, blue for items you plan to donate, and green for items you want to sell on Ebay or at your next yard sale. Once you’ve tagged all the items in your closet, you can see at a glance what goes and what stays. The sticky notes won’t leave any residue, and they’re cheap, too. A pack of Post-It Super Sticky full adhesive notes, for example, sells for about $7.50 for a pack of 12 at

Want to learn more clutter-busting solutions? Check out the cover story of our March issue!

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Scott Nyerges

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05:58:27 PM on Fri Jan 17 2014

I've been trying to get rid of my clutter for 14 years. I have boxes labeled, I've purchased the space-saver bags. I'm now at the point of going through my closet and I've come t o a stand still as I try on clothes, putting too small, too big aside and trying to figure how to stock what I should sell and what to donate. I'm on a fixed income so I do give to others, but at some point I need to create a cash-flow.
I feel that I do save other from high prices for some thing but a donation would help with the up keep.

Darlene Scott

12:59:10 PM on Mon Feb 10 2014

Mobile office is a great idea. It is also very attractive. Where can I buy the boxes, trays, containers etc. that are shown on the cart?

Dawn Flightner

11:01:06 AM on Fri Feb 28 2014

I can't find this cart at Sam's club(pg.23). Any idea's?

Scott Nyerges, managing editor

04:46:47 PM on Tue Mar 4 2014

Hi Darlene and Dawn:

It may be that your local Sam's Club doesn't carry the cart, but you can find it on their website. The boxes, trays, etc. can be found at The Container Store and some better art-supply stores. Thanks for reading ShopSmart!


11:36:26 AM on Mon Jan 19 2015

Where can I get the colored containers on the cover of the March issue?

Scott Nyerges, managing editor

10:10:38 AM on Tue Jan 20 2015

We found the boxes at Container Store.

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