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12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-free

The cheater's guide to wiping out clutter in every room! Tips on keeping your counters clear, create instant order among loose items, and how to camouflage storage solutions to blend in as part of your decor.
12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-free

Photo by Roberto Caruso

Pack it, stack it, rack it

How to wipe out clutter in every room

Pack it, stack it, rack it: a cheater's guide to wiping out clutter in every room. Find out how to display your favourite items, keep counters clear, contain loose items and disguise storage with these 12 tips!

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Corral everyday stuff

Keep your daily staples together on an easy-to-transport tray — it makes morning coffee, after-work drinks or bedtime tea feel a little more special.

Bodum coffee press, $50, Room Essentials tea towel, $4, Threshold tray, $20, Cream bottle, $4, Mini cake plate, $3, Sugar bowl, $8, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso
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Contain messy MVPs

Place dish soap and cloths on a small bathroom tray by the sink to catch any drips.

Threshold tray, $12, Room Essentials dishcloths, $4, Caldrea soap, $7, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Elevate essentials

Keep cooking supplies on a cake plate and place it close to your stove or work area so everything is within arm’s reach.

Threshold cake stand, $20, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Add extra hardware

Mount a long cabinet pull on the other side of the island to create an extra spot for tea towels.

Room Essentials dishtowels, $4, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso
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Movable storage

Use a versatile rolling cart as a cocktail station, extra bathroom shelving, a bussing and serving stand or a tidy indoor herb garden in a small space or a condo kitchen.

Threshold bar cart, $150, Bowl, $8, Hurricane vase (used as a candle holder), $17, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Clutter keeper

Dedicate a spot, like a pretty tray perched on an ottoman, to gather all those odds and ends that often go missing (hello, remotes!)

Threshold ottoman, $70, Throw, $30, Vase, $8, Nate Berkus tray, $25, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Artful display

Eke out more drawer space by using a vase or canister to hold the cooking utensils you use the most.

Threshold canister, $18, Canisters with wooden lids, $15, Giada de Laurentiis red silicone utensils, $7, Target.

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Practical piece

Store logs for your fireplace in a large basket or copper bucket at the hearth. It keeps the area clean and makes refills from the wood pile a breeze.

Smith & Hawken bucket, $60, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Mock closet

Place a bench in your entryway and stow baskets underneath to hide mail, mitts, scarves, hats, pet leashes and stroller gear. A small dish on top is perfect for keys, door openers and spare change.

Threshold baskets, from $15, Target.

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Jewellery Tree

Keep necklaces tangle-free and easy to grab during the morning rush by turning a sculptural branch into both a jewellery stand and a piece of natural art.

Threshold cabinet, $170, Jewellery box, $30, Nate Berkus vase, $25, Target.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso
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In-floor outlets

Install electrical outlets in the floor in key areas to minimize cords running around the room.


12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

Built-in shelf

Break up floor-to-ceiling tile and create a convenient spot for soap and shampoo with a built-in nook.

12 clever and pretty ways to keep your home clutter-freePhoto by Roberto Caruso

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