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What are some storage solutions for cluttered houses?

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Storage solutions for cluttered houses include mounting a small filing system on an unused wall, installing floor-to-ceiling shelves and creating an easy system for getting rid of unused items. Another way to reduce clutter, at least for the tech-savvy, is to save important documents electronically.

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If mail, bills and other paper are creating clutter, try installing wall mounted file folders to sort and store papers. These folders fit in small and unused spaces in the kitchen, hallway, entryway or laundry room and help keep papers organized. Try sorting papers by putting them in files marked "Incoming Mail," "Pending Bills" or "To Do."

If paperwork is taking up much needed space in the home, try creating an electronic system. Scan all paid bills and receipts that need to be kept and store them on a hard drive or online. Be sure to keep hard copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and diplomas. Also, try to pay more bills online. This way a record is kept on an online account and there is less mail to create clutter.

Another way to reduce clutter is to install floor-to-ceiling shelving where there is empty wall space, whether in a living room, bedroom or closet. Wall mounted shelving uses space more efficiently than bookshelves and can store more books, file folders, storage containers and boxes.

Another idea for eliminating clutter is to create a system that makes it easier to get rid of items that are no longer used. In a hall closet or laundry room, put three boxes labeled "Donate," "Sell" and "Put Away." This system makes it easier to sort clutter and round up items.

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