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5 Household Items That Usually Cause Clutter

Take note of these items and how you can keep them organized


Keeping the home clutter-free is a challenge, especially if you are the type of homeowner who loves to store items like paper bags and plastic containers for second use. However, storing too many of these things can leave your home in state of disarray.

Keep in mind these items that usually cause clutter and how you can properly store them at home. 

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Paper bags

Paper bags from shopping trips are kept to serve as extra grocery bags or as storage for shoes. Over time, these bags can accumulate dust and take up too much space in your cabinets and drawers.

The Solution: Keep a few big ones for your trips to the supermarket. If you've already set aside a couple of sturdy ones, recycle some of the bags by turning them into craft mats that can protect your table when your kids are working on school projects. If you're feeling extra creative, you may cut them into pieces then turn them into your own personal art project. Consider working on a geometric wall art

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We love collecting magazines because they are sources of information, inspiration, and more. However, if you'll just leave them in one corner, your pile can be an eyesore.

The Solution: Turn them into coffee table accents. Create a short pile then put a decor piece on top. You may also consider sorting your collection into three piles: for keeping, for clippings, and for paper recycling. Doing this will help you keep your space clean and organized.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Piles of paper

Some have the habit of keeping bills for comparison and other flyers at home. Over time, when we forget to sort and go through them, they can turn into clutter.

The Solution: Keep important documents like your birth certificate, clearances, land titles, and the like in one folder that you can keep inside your cabinet. Check the bills that you have and keep the ones that are still relevant. Bring the papers that you no longer need to the nearest junk shop. 

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Plastic containers

Plastic containers are staples at home, especially when there are get-togethers. Keep in mind that there are plastic products that should only be used once. Check the bottom of the containers and see if it's reusable. Items coded with 2, 4 and 5 (High-density Polyethylene, low-density Polyethylene, and Polypropylene respectively) are safe for reuse.

The Solution: You can always turn plastic bottles into instant crafts for the home! For other plastic containers, see if there are sturdy ones that you can use as catchalls for your accessories, belts, and other essentials. You can use these to avoid clutter in your bedroom.

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Beauty products

It is important to note that beauty products can also expire. Check your items and see which ones need to be discarded as soon as possible.

The Solution: Schedule a monthly checking and sorting of your cosmetics. Aside from listing which ones you need to buy, take note of the items that need to be discarded, too. If a product has a different color and smell, it should be thrown away immediately. Take note that beauty products used in the eyes such as mascara or eyeliner can only be used within 3-6 months.

Photo by Kurt Alvarez.

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