Home Neat Home: Household Clutter

February 2, 2011

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How do you make your living space seem neat, welcoming and livable?

A few solutions (you’re probably starting to see a theme here!)

    • Hide clutter
    • Think beyond big furniture
    • Store like with like
    • Simplify!!!

For the hide clutter solution, we have a few pieces of furniture that store some of our household items (FYI, I’m doing a separate post for all office things!)

We got this piece of furniture from a boutique place in Greensboro when my dad won a $250 gift card. The drawers make it the perfect foyer table. I highly recommend a foyer table with drawers! A chic antique dresser would also be a great choice (painted in a bright teal!?)

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This divider is from Pottery Barn (I coveted it for years!) and holds our incoming mail and paperwork. I try to clear it out each week. The back slot is Matts, the middle on is mine. Then we each have a slot for things like our wallets or little things on the left and right. I get the left because I’m a lefty! Pens in the middle. And keys go in the basket!


The top drawer of the piece holds miscelaneous stuff that I often need when I’m running out the door: sunglasses, mints, chapstick and lip gloss, my wallet, my yoga tuna massager! Note the kitchen drawer organizers work well for non-kitchen drawers too!

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The next two drawers work well for all of our winter gear and biking gloves. Middle drawer is gloves and bottom is scarves.


Because we don’t have a coat closet (bummer!!) we store our coats on hooks and a rack in the basement. It’s a bit of a pain, but at least they’re out of sight. We also hang our reusable bags on these hooks (and we have a lot of them!)


You can see the excess coats to the right here. We also have a closet organizer that stores more miscellaneous stuff (if we had a coat closet I’d put it in there). Things like yoga towels, lunchboxes and my camelback that I might need to grab to head out

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While we’re in the basement, here’s our laundry shelf – neat and orderly! This shelf came with the house and was a genius idea of the owners to hold laundry stuff above the washer + dryer.


And one more storage area I might have missed – extra big cleaning supplies (that are use too infrequently to go in my carry bin) and party supplies (paper plates) are in their own crates. LIKE WITH LIKE!

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Back upstairs, we have another great storage piece – a beautiful cabinet Karen gave to us when she moved into her new house. [It was too big for her space]. I LOVE the cabinet and we’re lucky to have it!

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Inside on the right we have our DVR player and internet. Plus a neat stack of magazines.

On the left, I have my placemats and other blogging necessities.

[Note the EXTRA SPACE to grow into!]

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This little basket from Target has dividers that work great for fabric swatches and tea towels.


Storage doesn’t have to come in the form of big expensive furniture though. We have stashed a few important things in decorative containers too

These baskets were favors from the presidential inauguration at Davidson and make great..


…napkin storage! They also don’t look bad on the floor and match our rug.


I bought these hat boxes at Pier 1 about 5 years ago. They have always been great for notecards and travel maps


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I like to keep our house really open and airy feeling. I love the look of glass. I do think that houses with stuff (like books) tucked into every corner are very cozy, but every time I’ve tried the look it just feels cluttered. So I go for the bare minimum and have been really happy with the feel.

I’m always asking myself: “What would Better Homes & Gardens do?” The gorgeous spaces are always airy, bright and uncluttered.


Please share your household clutter tips below!

Coming up next: office organization.

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1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 2, 2011 at 11:33 am

If only I had the time/energy/money to make my house so pretty!! I absolutely love that chair in the last picture, it matches my bedroom decor PERFECTLY. I have dark red/dark pink walls with black and white curtains and bedding, it’s my favorite way to decorate:) Where did you find that gorgeous chair?!


2 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

It was custom made for Karen in the 90s :(


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 2, 2011 at 11:38 am

Wonderful tips! Living in a cottage bungalow, we have some very creative storage areas. The less clutter, the bigger the house feels :)


4 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

Love love love! My apartment is so drab but I am definitely getting a lot of ideas. I see a spring “revival” of my apartment coming soon. 😉


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

I like the cabinet idea by the door for gloves and scarves. The boys are always asking me for gloves and I have to look everywhere for a pair. We are all about cubbies and hiding things, but we definitely need more organization for the hiding. These are all great ideas! Thanks Kath!


6 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 2, 2011 at 11:44 am

You’ve got so many napkins stashed! I didn’t even SEE those when I was there…meaning you hide well :). I always admire beautiful organized rooms in magazines but when it comes to my own space it just never happens. I’ll have to buckle down and just DO IT when I get back.


7 [email protected] Sweet Life February 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

Really amazing how neat and organized you keep everything–and I love your choice of colors and patterns!!!


8 Allison @ Happy Tales February 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

These are such great tips. This is such a great SERIES!!!! I am loving it all! And yes, battle clutter with *like with like*!!!


9 RhodeyGirl February 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

Love that. It took me a long time to learn to keep stuff away, but now I am really good at that.

The one issue I have is with decorative pieces in our TV stand. I feel like they are ALL out because I have no place to store them. A few pieces are big and bulky and I just don’t know what to do with them.

In the same regard, even though our books are lined up nicely in the TV stand I cant stand looking at them. Maybe I should tape a pretty piece of fabric in the glass over that shelf?!


10 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 2, 2011 at 11:52 am

I’ve found that thrift stores and goodwill are great places to find baskets! You could even freshen them up with a $3 can of spray paint.


11 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen February 2, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Ahh – your home is so beautiful. Love the hatboxes – often places like HomeGoods, Marshalls or TJMaxx have the for cheap!! $3-5 depending on size!


12 Kiran February 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Love your organization tips! I would use it for sure whenever we plan to permanently stay put – either here in the States, or else where. You’ll have to wait and see 😉


13 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

We got Ikea wardrobes to put along the wals in our bedroom for extra clothing storage. They’ve been such a lifesaver! I love how Ikea uses the vertical space in rooms and goes up with storage instead of horizontal. We have a small house and have to make use of every possible bit of space.


14 Flourchild February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

My best Clutter tip is The Goodwill. When ever I see excessive clutter I take inventory and ask my self… Do we really need this? Usually it goes in to a big bag ready for The Goodwill!


15 Hope February 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Your house is so beautiful!! It literally looks like it could be in a magazine. I love the idea of the divider for the mail and paperwork. I definitely need that! It would make my life easier. I am loving learning all of these organizational tips! :)


16 Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick) February 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

SO beautiful! I need you to come to my house and help me out. My bf owns the house we live in with his friend, so there is a total of 4 of us living there. Most of my stuff and the bfs stuff are crammed in our bedroom. Any tips for sharing small spaces with someone?


17 Ellie @ The Mommyist February 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Don’t buy more than you have room for, that’s my tick to keeping my house clutter free. That being said, there is an enormous fort in the middle of my living room right now that makes my house look anything but airy and open.


18 Natalia - a side of simple February 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Constantly be aware of what you have, that way things don’t start to pile up. When you get something new, see if you can “replace” it for something else to reduce clutter and build up. I love to keep things airy and open, too, and nothing makes me happier in a house than seeing “space”. Cute boxes and bins are always an excellent way to store things, too :)


19 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

LOVE your house and your decorating style Kath! I’ve also got one of those hanging organizers in my closet and I love it. You have an awesome placemat collection! :)


20 Carla @ Will Run for Health February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Kath, this series is so helpful and inspiring! I think you and Matt have great taste. I love the motto, “What would Better Homes & Gardens do”…that should be a bumper sticker. Seriously.


21 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I agree :)


22 Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I love this series!

This weekend I’m going to go around my house & start making some changes!


23 Amy February 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I have the same organizer from Pottery Barn! (… and boy do I need to clean it out …)

WWBHGD? is a great motto for home decor and organizing. :-)


24 melissa February 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I have to give a shout out for the moms.with 3 children all under 5 my house can only stay this neat for short sessions.enjoy the time you have to maintain order now.when the kids come your energy is better spent embracing the craziness and letting those art projects pile up!


25 Becky February 2, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Ha! So true!


26 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’ve been mentally preparing for that day since I was born.. :)


27 sheila I February 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I’ll take that shout out! I was so organized…and then I had kids. There is a lego project on my dining room table, a puppet in progress on my kitchen island, and a k’nex mostly done on the kitchen table. I don’t even know where we can eat tonight! I’m not even going to discuss the puppy.


28 Pamela February 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I was thinking the same thing. My house was so neat and clutter free before 2 boys. We have a lot more “stuff” but it is so worth it!


29 eef February 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Your house is so pretty! I’m really excited to see how your organize your office… Mine could sure use some work! I live in a tiny apartment, so it gets kind of hard sometimes to keep things clean–especially since our kitchen, living room, dining room, and office are all the same room (and about 400 square feet…)!

Also, I watched your accent meme video the other day – Loved it! I made my own too!
http://eef-ink.com/blog/index.php/2011/02/accent-meme-video-blog/ if you’d like to see. =]


30 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops February 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Love it! I, too, love to use furniture to hide stuff. This is a post I did where I moved my shoes from a shelf to a mahogany server.
I kept trying to find the right piece of furniture and when I saw that piece I knew it was perfect. And since it was at a consignment shop, it was the perfect price too!


31 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops February 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

oops, just posted with a link in my comment to a post I did about furniture. Hopefully it comes out of moderation.


32 [email protected] February 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Great tips! I live in a teeny tiny apt. right now so my approach with this place is to just keep our stuff to a minimum! I agree, just designate a place where certain things belong, and keep ’em out of sight! I cannot stand clutter.


33 jen @ taste life February 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I have no tips, but I love this series. You are just so organized, but I am not ready for that level of neatness! Someday, someday.


34 Annie February 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I recently got fed up with the miscellaneous stuff hanging out in the living room. Laptops, magazine, phone/kindle chargers, yoga mat, hand weights, etc. All of that was just lying on the floor on covering the dining room table. I decided we needed a basket. I checked GoodWill first, then headed to Ross. I bought two largish baskets and have relegated all clutter to them. You can still see it, but it is contained and off the floor!
For gloves and scarves, I have a pretty bag hanging on the coat rack that has all of them. It works well for now.


35 Sabina February 2, 2011 at 1:32 pm

We live in a super tiny space – 550 square feet!

Our bedroom is wide enough for a queen bed and a night stand, so no room for a dresser. We have a closet, from which we promptly ripped out the one shelf and single bar for hanging clothes. We built floor-ceiling shelving in it and use open-top plastic bins to store our clothes, along with two bars.

We built a bed frame that is pretty high; it accommodates 22″ high storage bins underneath. We use these bins to store: gym clothes, swim stuff, pantry overflow, hat/purses, files, reusable bags. We have a lovely quilt that goes to the floor, so the underbed storage is never seen.

Off-season clothing is stored in bins and kept in our storage locker. I keep my make up and contact lenses in… a fishing tackle box! We don’t have any storage in the bathroom beyond a poorly-sized medicine cabinet and under-the-sink-storage, so keeping make up in a portable storage container is needed.

Our coffee table and end tables have storage underneath them and have a few shelves in the living area for this purpose.

We put in shelves in the tiny broom closet in the kitchen, which is now our pantry! All of our dry goods are stored in airtight glass containers with labels (made with a label maker). We installed a storage unit (2 doors, 2 shelves) and added a counter top to give us extra counter space in the dead space in one corner of our kitchen.

We also have a new-one-in, old-one-out rule, which cuts down on the clutter, which is pretty much imperative living in a super small space!


36 Lauryn March 15, 2011 at 9:29 am

That is a great idea Sabina!! I bet it looks awesome & I love your ideas, our house is super small too!!!


37 Christine @ Merf In Progress February 2, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I get nervous when I see you put all this up on a public website. Where you keep your keys, your wallet, your jewelry, etc. Am I just paranoid?


38 Whitney February 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I thought the same thing…eeeeeeeek


39 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Well if I’m not at home my wallet will be gone and I have about 5 real pieces of valuable jewelry and they are NOT in that jewelry box (they are hidden!). And we always, always lock our doors


40 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops February 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

More importantly, we know the Moose Drool is in the basement!


41 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm



42 Becky February 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Love seeing all the pictures and tips, but would especially appreciate guidance on tight budgets and small spaces! Any suggestions about other blogs or places to look for specific advice?


43 Mellissa February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The tip that has helped me the most is just get rid of stuff, I don’t save magazines anymore, I bought a recipe organizer for all the things I pull out of magazines, and I have baskets in my room, living room and kitchen to put all that miscellaneous stuff.


44 Lee February 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I’m sending this post to my husband. We have a serious clutter issue.


45 Mara @ What's for Dinner? February 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I will pay you in cupcakes and Chicago-style pizza to come here and organize my house. Seriously.


46 Kasey February 2, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Loving the organizational series!!! I’m always looking to reduce our clutter.


47 Mom February 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

That’s how Kath grew up too. Her grandma always says that books are her favorite way to decorate. You just need some nice bookshelves if you don’t want them here and there.


48 Claire February 2, 2011 at 5:30 pm

The decorating idea I learned from Kath’s grandmother is to display special decorative items in front of the books on shelves. It does bug me when TV decorators treat books as total clutter. My decluttering tip is to consider the seasons (just summer and winter) when organizing toiletries or kitchen items. For example, summer = insect repellent, beach bag items, dusting powder, etc. and winter = cough medicine, hand lotion, winter hair products, etc. I store the offseason basket behind the current one’


49 Claire February 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Sorry about the errant apostophe instead of a period!


50 Claire February 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm



51 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Hi Claire! How fun you mentioned Gram’s house :)


52 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

If I had some wall built ins I would LOVE to display more books!


53 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Built in bookshelves are awesome. They make decorating so easy, and it looks really chic too 😀


54 Sarah February 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

We recently went to Ikea and got some white Billy bookcases with glass doors. They look so much like built-in bookcases and have really made a difference in our living room. Before, we had books everywhere and it looked so messy and would collect the dust. Now everything is neat and contained. I have 1 bookcase just for cookbooks!


55 Mollie February 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I have the same ones! The glass doors are so pretty, and the fact that they’re see-thru keeps me from throwing things in haphazardly…(like I tend to do in my closet!) :)


56 Mom February 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I’ll tell Mom. She will get a kick out of this!



57 Amanda February 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

OCD and like-with-like along with ya!

I use a coat rack for purses and tote bags – I refer to it as my purse tree. It can be hidden in a closet or displayed in the bedroom as a decoration (I’ve done both). I hang big on the bottom and small on the top.


58 Ashley @ Will Run for Food February 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I, too, am loving this series! My husband would like to call me a hoarder sometimes! 😉 I’m slowly organizing everything…I’m so jealous of your fireplace and mantle…and I love the pieces you used to decorate it! Especially, the circle thing. Very chic and clean! :)


59 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles February 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I really, really need an entry table with drawers. We just have a little round table with our wedding card box to store things like sunglasses, iPod earbuds and the like. I have a little sushi plate in front of it to put keys, but my husband still loses them in random places (like on top of the fridge!?!). I have big cloth bins from Bed, Bath & Beyond for outdoorsy stuff in our coat closet and I recently purchased an extra large reusable grocery bag from TJ MAXX that holds all of our other reusable bags. Can you come over and de-clutter the rest of my house? :)


60 [email protected] Grains of Paradise February 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I use Japanese steamer baskets to store all my make-up and brushes. They look cute and uncluttered in our small bathroom :) Aloha!


61 LauraJayne February 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

It’s going to sound silly – but we discovered the coat rack! This saves us SO much space, since we do not have a coat closet!


62 Liz February 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I am so glad I am not the only one that can’t do the cozy clutter look – it just ends up looking messy! This post is incredibly helpful, so thank you!


63 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love these posts, Kath! And thank you for so graciously sharing with everyone the photos of your house, your tips, and what has worked for YOU (read thru a few of the comments you’ve gotten…)

I am totally a crisp, clean, anti clutter person. My style is West Elm, W Hotel, that vibe and so everything has a place in my house.

And if it doesnt or isnt getting used after 6-12 mos, it gets donated. Constantly donating/purging/editing….from kids stuff to kitchen stuff, off it goes if i dont need it anymore.


64 Jennifer February 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Obviously I can’t see the whole space, but those drawers would seem to make more sense on the full wall rather than against the stairs, no? You probably tried that though.

We just moved (like finally 100% of everything in our new place on Monday!!) and I’m dying to get things more organized and clutter free. I’m still feeling out the new space and figuring out where things “go”. For now we’re living amongst a disaster. With a 2.5 year old & an 8 month old things seem to happen much slower, especially when I have help unpacking. I found my bike helmet under the kitchen sink yesterday!


65 Tamra February 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

How funny you said “What would BH&G Do?” Because I have jokingly been asking myself recently… “What would Kath do?” or “What would Kath eat?”… and it’s actually helped me tremendously in deciding to go for that run or to make a fresh and real food meal instead of the not as healthy option.


66 KathEats February 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

:) I have secret WW?D too :)


67 JessicaEn February 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

ooooh do tell!! 😉


68 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My brain is in such a box. I would never have thought about putting napkins in the living room in a basket! To me, napkins belong in kitchen and if I can’t find a spot, I just shove them in a drawer! This is such a great tip! I also like how you store your coats downstairs, and use a dresser and a foyer table 😀

Loving these posts! (In case I haven’t already said that) 😉


69 Amanda February 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Love it!! Love this series and love your blog. I can’t wait for the office part (that’s my biggest headache right now)


70 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Can you just come organize my house? Please?!


71 anne February 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm

My favorite household tip is constant purging. I keep a box dedicated to Goodwill and add stuff to it as needed.


72 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com February 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Admittedly, I’m not super organized. I have a teeny tiny 750 square foot apt in DC that I share with my fiance and our pup, Mya. There’s not a lot of space so we are big on storing things under the bed, in wardrobes, in the coffee table and mostly don’t buy stuff if we don’t have room for it. I’m big on using decorative bowls to throw keys and wallets in. They are pretty and functional!


73 stacey-healthylife February 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love neat and tidy and things hidden in cute storage baskets, boxes, and drawers.


74 Lu @ Done Dieting February 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Now the guilt I about my messy house is overwhelming. Well, not so much messy as cluttered. I’m sure that any day now I’ll find the cleaning lady somewhere in there. Till then, I guess it will be me. Your house is beautiful and I’m envious of your organization skills. I will emulate you and clean at least one thing this weekend.


75 Sandy February 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I am iced in at home and keep reading wonderful posts about comfort food and then Kath’s organized house and I just keep feeling guiltier and guiltier because I am not motivated to fix dinner or organize the house!


76 JenATX February 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

haha its hard to be motivated when you are cooped up. I think it has to do with our bodies going into hibernation mode.


77 Annette February 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I am determined to de-clutter…and asap! Thanks for the ideas and pictures 😉


78 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I LOVE your foyer table with drawers!!


79 Allie February 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I love this series! You have such great tips.. especially for clutter, which seems to be a big issue these days :p


80 Lisa February 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

We have a small house (fam of 4 in 1000 sq feet) and clutter is a real issue here. It’s exhausting, actually. Our major problem(s) seems to be paper (school papers, bills, statements, books/magazines, etc.), sports gear/bags, and just general kid/teenager stuff. I’m hoping you address the paper thing in your office post.

If you ever want to tackle an organization challenge… have I got the home for you!


81 Lisa February 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Oh… and btw… I couldn’t help but notice you were comment # 26. ;o)


82 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Oh my word. You are so organized. I could use a few lessons. 😉

I do like to be organized, and it’s not like I’m a slob. But there are definitely some “mystery” drawers in my house. Who knows what’s in them?


83 Sandy February 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Love the series. Just saw a wonderful post for homeschool moms on Pioneer Woman and I wanted to share it for anyone looking to make a school room as neat as Kath’s house:



84 Carol February 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I’ve been going through a de-cluttering thing too. So far, it’s a matter of donating/recycling things I don’t see myself using soon or in the future. You’ve already got bare minimum. :)

BTW a tip I have for the books is to use book-ends with storage compartments inside. That way,you can kind of create where you want your stack of books to stand, without fulling commiting a permanent bookshelf to books. For example, I’ve moved book-ends from my desk, to a different shelf, then to a different shelf. Secondly, these bookends are stable AND they can hold something small like “keys, jewelry, or other random small things you’d like tucked away.”

Here’s an example of a set I saw on Amazon – I kind of like how the book-ends look like vintage cameras, but you can open up the camera and keep little things inside. http://www.amazon.com/Antique-Camera-Decorative-Storage-Bookends/dp/B003D1B5UC


85 Joanne February 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I can only WISH to be so organized. I don’t put stuff away because I’m afraid I’ll forget where I put it. If I had an organizer, it would never be able to hold all that I had to organize.
PLUS, I’m a pack-rat. Can’t toss anything out. But I did tell my hubby, what ever we buy from now on, we have to throw out 2 things. Maybe in 40 years, we can clear ourselves out.


86 Brenda February 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love your organization tips! I actually have a question that has nothing to do with this post; I hope you don’t mind. What do you know about Truvia? What is your opinion on it? I would be sooo happy if you answered me! Thanks!


87 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm

You are the ‘hide that clutter’ MASTA! I really like how you buy decorative items that are SO USEFUL! You have a knack for making the best use of space. I need some of that to rub off on me. -M


88 Heather February 2, 2011 at 3:47 pm

great tips! one thing I noticed it that there dont seem to be a lot of picture frames in your house? i love pictures of my family and have them all over!


89 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Whoa! Just had a flashback of my childhood home: we didn’t have a coat closest downstairs, either, so we used the hooks in the basement door. I forgot all about that until this post. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. :)

I agree with a table with drawers in the foyer. So convenient and tidy!


90 [email protected] February 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I have really become a fan of just getting rid of stuff to make room for the new stuff. I love to donate clothes to women’s shelters and getting rid of old kitchen stuff by donating it to friends in need… I feel good about someone else having the stuff they need while it makes room for more fun stuff for me!


91 Lindsey February 2, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Love all these tips! I also read the blog http://penelopeloveslists.com/ which also has great tips for the domestic divas we all are :)


92 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I love the drawers on that dresser! What a pretty touch :)


93 Sandy February 2, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I’m very impressed with your organizing skills….I try, but at times it’s a losing battle!


94 Ali February 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

You never cease to inspire me, Kath! Thanks for the great post.


95 Hannah February 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I love the hat boxes! They look classy and decorative but are so useful too :)


96 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I LOVE all your furniture!!! Esp that cabinet from Karen. I’ve had my eye on that since you first blogged about it. haha.
My only de-clutter tip is going through all the clutter once every month or two and donating/ recycling as much as we can. It is crazy how much one can accumulate over time when you aren’t watching.


97 Amy February 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I love the shelf above the washer. I had one like that and put the detergent bottles with the push nozzle above so I just pushed the button when I was doing laundry instead of pulling the jug down every time.


98 Michelle February 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Your Method laundry detergent makes me happy.


99 Simply Life February 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm

oh this looks great!


100 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 2, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Very nice job!! I love how stylish it all is too.


101 Andy February 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I’m loving your organization tips – I can always use some good ideas! My pet peeve is having shoes scattered around by the door where we come in. We bought a long low buffet type piece of furniture with doors and shelves. I needed something to finish the area anyway and now we have a great place to hide our shoes! It’s pretty full so that means it’s time to go through them to get rid of the ones I rarely wear… : P


102 [email protected] February 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Your home looks so beautiful! I love all the pretty furniture!

My tip for eliminating clutter is to conduct an evaluation of your belongings every 6 months. The key is to be honest and ask the question “have I used/worn/looked at [enter item] in the past 6 months?” If the answer is no, you donate the item…mission accomplished!


103 Jessica February 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I am looking forward to your office/paperwork one. That is my big problem. My desk is the clutter collection point. I have papers, cords, notes, boxes from my iphone and camera (they have the serial number on them and the manuals so I am hesitant to just throw them away. CDs burned with data, hair things for my daughters, etc. How many years of records do you keep for stuff like bills and tax stuff? Where do you put all your cords and connectors? I just got a DSLR camera and I want to be efficient about uploading and deleting photos from it, but how do I back them up so my computer doesn’t get full?

I love your google tutorials. THANKS for helping the rest of us!


104 Alaina February 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Another fantastic post! Our apartment is so cluttered and I can’t stand it. I can’t wait to be able to organize in the new place. :-)


105 Bev February 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Nice ideas…… here is a blog that is truly helpful http://abowlfulloflemons.blogspot.com/
By no means am I trying to get you to by Shaklee but she is a very organized person and has great ideas !!!


106 Fancy February 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

I am SO IN LOVE with this Home Neat Home Series, PLEASE keep them coming!!!!


107 Gita February 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Gosh – You are so organized and your home looks so clean. My house can only stay like that for shorter periods of time:) With Hubby and Kiddo, it is impossible.


108 Fancy February 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I have an idea for the next Home Neat Home! Can you show us how you clean and what products to use where? I’m living in a new house and keeping so much space (as opposed to my studio condo) is hard, I feel like there is so much to learn! I would love to see how you clean and what you use, how often, etc. :)


109 KathEats February 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I am not a cleaning expert! organization only. But I’m thinking about doing a post collecting other people’s cleaning tips that might be helpful to us all


110 Fancy February 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I think that’s a great idea! :)


111 Maria @ The Fitted Apron February 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Iv’e always wondered where on earth you store your placemats and napkins. Currently mine are scattered about, thanks for the tips.


112 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I LOVE this series! I’m about 2 months from moving in to my own home, and I can’t wait to start fresh and use all of your awesome ideas. Thank you!


113 Deborah February 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Love seeing a clean fresh home……now only if I could get my three young kids and husband to feel that way.


114 Jenifer June 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

Am planning a decluttering party at my house this weekend and this just inspired me even more!! I have a huge sideboard that has my tv on top, but yet the drawers are full of misc. stuff… like my laptop and adding machine, which should of course be in/on my desk. I just texted my hubby and told him to pick up a box of the large lawn and leaf trash bags. Lol. thanks as always for the classy sassy ideas!


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