Expert Advice to Declutter your Home

Trying to cut the clutter which accumulates in the average family home is tricky at the best of times. It just seems to grow and grow on a daily basis!  There are plenty of Experts out there waiting to help and the fantastic BHG (Better Homes and Gardens) site has been busy asking for their suggestions. Here are my top 10 picks of their answers to common problems:

Target Your Efforts

  1. Target your efforts : Avoid zigzag organizing. Scattering your efforts over multiple rooms prevents you from seeing progress. For visible, dramatic results, work one room at a time, one section at a time, completing each area before you move on to the next.

    — Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside OutTop Shelf Solution

  2. Slip a slim step stool inside the linen closet so you can easily make use of the top shelves. If you can’t reach it, you won’t use it.

    — Jamie Novak, author of Stop Throwing Money AwayClean Out

  3. Clean Out and Donate                                                                                                                                   Go through toys with your child before birthdays and holidays. Have a donation station always available for kids to put toys when they have decided they are tired of them.– Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet    

    If you earmarked something for donation, take it directly to your car. Items ‘waiting’ for a trip to the charitable drop-box linger, grow, and mutate into a mountain of clutter.

    — Susan Pinsky, author of The Fast and Furious Five-Step Organization Solution Household Must-Haves

4. Household Must Haves Stackable plastic drawers are a great way to manage household supplies such as light bulbs, vacuum cleaner bags, and batteries.

— Stacey Platt, author of What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? Tax Prep

5. Mail Sort 

 Keep a folder labeled “Tax Documents” where you sort your mail. As statements come in, slip them into the folder. When tax time comes, everything you need is in one spot.

— Meredith Schwartz,


Get a Move On
6. Get A Move On Use a “transfer basket” to gather everything that needs to go out the door the next day — library books, bills to mail, schoolwork, etc. Haul the basket to your car every morning and bring it back into the house when errands are done.

— Amanda Catalanotto, professional organizer Good Looks

7. Good Looks 

You can’t hide all clutter, but you can contain it. Look at where it collects and set up attractive ways to deal with it. Place a large bowl on the kitchen counter to collect keys. Leave a big basket by the door for shoes. Check discount stores and office supply houses for patterned folders for storing bills — or wicker, fabric, and leather boxes to match your decor.

— Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Organizer: A to Z Storage Solutions Book It

8. Book It 

Create an instant room divider by placing bookshelves back to back as storage for collections, dishes, and, of course, books.

— Nancy Peham, professional organizer Open Areas

9. Open Areas 

The dining table is often the place where family members spread out projects. With the right organization, it can still be ready for dining at a moment’s notice. Designate a bin for whatever tends to find a temporary home on the table. This can be permanent storage or a way to move things to their rightful room.

— Meryl Starr, author of The Home Organizing WorkbookDouble Time

10. Double Time 

Think dual-purpose. Look for furniture that works hard : beds and coffee tables with drawers, ottomans with lift-off tops for out-of-sight storage and chests that can stow linens and tableware and also serve as buffets.

— Betsy Bruce, design consultant


My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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