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15 Items That Get You Organized Like Marie Kondo

"Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out." ― Marie Kondo

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Woven Storage Baskets

A set of woven baskets is great for grouping together similar things. And for items that seem to get messed up a lot, or strewn everywhere, these baskets give those items a permanent home. Woven baskets are also design-friendly, so they won’t look out of place if you want to store items in plain sight in your living room or entryway. Find a place for everything with these 50 brilliant storage and organizing problem solvers for your home.

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Foldable Drawer Dividers

Keeping your undies, socks, and other smaller items nice and tidy can be difficult. If you can’t find uses for old socks, these foldable drawer dividers allow you to neatly store such items, even putting them in a gradient color order to help you tell what’s what. These dividers feature a removable side panel and bottom zipper, so you can assemble them easily and fold them flat when not in use. Find out how to fold clothes like Marie Kondo.

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Clear Stackable Storage Bins

A set of clear, stackable storage bins can be used with great success for everything from pantry items to clothing. Keep clothing folded one item on top of the other, or side-by-side, to best view what’s in the bin, and for pantry items, be sure everything sits upright. Check out these incredible kitchen storage hints and tips for the hardest-working space in your house.

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Categorized Storage Areas

On Marie Kondo’s TV show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, she discusses the issue of dual-clutter. Create categorized areas for different needs. For instance, the dog’s essentials shouldn’t be mixed into a basket with your shoes, hats, and gloves. Reduce the amount of time you waste looking for pet-related items by installing a wall-mounted organizer near the door, where the leash, treats and more can be stored. Find out Marie Kondo’s one condition for keeping items that don’t spark joy.

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Magazine Boxes

Keep paper files you need to access regularly in discreet magazine organizer boxes. It’ll keep you from losing important paperwork, while ensuring your desk remains free of pending, important and miscellaneous papers. Need a good way to archive your old how-to magazines? Build these simple wood storage boxes!

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Three-Section Plastic Pantry Storage Bins

To keep smaller items in your pantry from becoming clutter and causing you to constantly tidy up, Marie Kondo suggests implementing three-section pantry storage bins. Using clear bins allows you to immediately see what each organizer holds, so you don’t have to rearrange everything when you pull them out. These can also be used to keep things tidy in the refrigerator and freezer. Find out why Marie Kondo always wears white.

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Drawer Organizers for Cutlery and Misc.

Cutlery, wine openers, chip clips and other kitchen essentials that are small enough to fit together in one drawer can easily get jumbled up and create one big mess! Keep things tidy by implementing mix-and-match drawer organizers and dividers for customized modular storage. With inexpensive materials and basic tools, you can easily and quickly make these clever storage boosters.

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Space-Saving Shelf

Marie Kondo suggests using a versatile, small space-saving shelf to help you maximize the space in large cabinets and on shelves. For instance, a cabinet with an abundance of vertical space could be divided by using a small shelf for stacking with some items resting on the top and others below.

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Clear Plastic Vanity Organizers

Hair ties, makeup brushes, nail clippers, and more can make a tangled mess in a drawer. Keep like items together by using modular organizers. With these organizers, you can customize any drawer with two each of the following: 3-inch x 3-inch, 6-inch x 3-inch, and 9-inch x 3-inch nesting and sliding compartments. The secret to tidy towels and beautifully organized bottles? The right storage, of course. Sample this smorgasbord of ideas.

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Statement Storage

Being organized doesn’t mean you have to own a mountain of clear, plastic storage containers. There are plenty of opportunities to implement your personal style, like using a leaning bookshelf where you keep books that inspire you on one shelf and other items that spark joy on another.  Check out these brilliant DIY storage projects.

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Stylized Racks

For people with a major shoe collection, Marie Kondo suggests putting the pairs that spark joy on display, perhaps on a rack like this. Think about color, shape, brand, year, etc., when choosing your favorites.

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Patterned Tin Trinket Box

Marie Kondo calls the tidying process “a unique opportunity to understand what is most important in one’s life.” So, when it comes to tidying up, let go of the idea that you have to toss everything. “Focus on what you want to keep and how you want to store them, not what you want to eliminate,” Kondo suggests. Before you toss sentimental belongings like photos, jewelry, and mementos, try placing them upright inside a patterned tin box, and place the box on a statement shelf. Scroll through these 20 ingenious storage hacks and see how many will work in your home.

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Clothes Storage System

Marie Kondo encourages storing your stuff with purpose. So, as you work to reduce closet clutter, you don’t have to throw everything out but only keep the things that you actually wear in your closet. You can build your own closet organizer, like the one shown here, or purchase an upscale, ultra-durable system online.

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Felt Baskets

Marie Kondo suggests using the “bag-in-bag” method for investment pieces like expensive handbags. Place the stacked bags together inside felt baskets.

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Cube Storage Boxes

Marie Kondo knows just how much kids’ toys can mess up an otherwise tidy room, so she suggests dividing toys into categories, like building blocks and plush. Try placing like items in different storage cubes. They’re an attractive solution for keeping things tidy and kids can be reminded to put their plush toys in the yellow cube and their blocks in the blue cube! Next, find out 50 more organization tips you’ll wish you knew all along.

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Alexa Erickson
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