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Discover organizing experts’ favorite products for conquering chaos in their houses.

Pro Picks

Shoes everywhere? Clothes out of control? Take control of clutter at home by stocking up on these must-haves. Approved by organizing pros, these smart solutions are guaranteed to end pile-up for good.

 

1. Space Bags

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“They really do work! Stash seasonal clothing or linens in these bags, then use your vacuum to suck out the air so they take up less room.”

Donna Smallin Kuper, Author of How to Declutter and Make Money Now

Space Bags, $10 to $40 each; BedBathandBeyond.com

 

2. Adhesive Hooks

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“A quick—and temporary—way to create hanging space without hammering a nail. In a range of sizes and finishes, they’ll fit right in with the rest of your hardware.”

Ellen Faye, Owner of Ellen Faye Organization, Cherry Hill, NJ

Command Hooks, $6.50 to $13 each; Command.com for stores

 

3. Clear stackable boxes

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“Anywhere from the pantry to the linen closet, use these to corral smaller items (snack bars, extra soap) and keep them visible.”

Kathryn Bechen, Author of Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space

Clear Shoe Boxes, $1.89 each; ContainerStore.com

 

4. Divided Storage Boxes

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“These fabric-covered boxes are pretty enough to display, but come with dividers, nesting pieces and a top that doubles as a tray for maximal organization.”

Deb Lee, Owner of D. Allison Lee, Marlboro, MD

Bento Box, $7 to $23 each; Rubbermaid.com for stores

 

5. Open-Weave Plastic Baskets

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“Use these to pull forward the items in deep cabinets—and the fridge! The open sides make them good for veggies, and the handle makes them easy for young or old hands to grip.”

Barry Izsak, CPO and Founder of Arranging it All, Austin, TX

Iris Plastic Mesh Baskets with Handles, $22.49 for 3; Organize.com

 

6. Skinny Felted Hangers

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“They take up less space in your closet and the texture keeps silky fabrics from sliding off.”

Vicki Norris, President of Restoring Order, Portland, OR

Felt hangers, $15 for 20 adult hangers, $7 for 10 kids’ hangers; NeatFreak.com for stores

 

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