Tackle three of the worst junk-prone places in your home with these quick tips from Peter Walsh, author of Enough Already! Clearing Mental Clutter to Become the Best You.
Get shoes off the floor to organize your closet instantly. Use shoe racks and keep pairs you don't wear every day in their boxes. "Stick a photo of the shoes on the side of the box so you can see what's in there," Walsh says.
Create a storage zone for each kind of item -- gardening equipment, tools, sports gear. Keep stuff you seldom use out of the way by putting it on a shelf that hangs from the ceiling, like the ones at SafeRacks.
Clear out your kitchen junk drawer like this: Put everything in a box then for the next month, every time you use an item put it back in the drawer. At the end of the month, get rid of what’s left in the box.
This is the solution to elusive dust bunnies in hard to reach places that show themselves in front of company. The handle extends to 3 feet and pivots into four different postions, making it easy to reach high and low. It's oufitted with a microfiber cloth to catch any outlying dust.
Swiffer Duster With Extended Handle
Available at theEssentials.com
No kitchen cabinet is complete without a great multipurpose hard surface cleaner. Eschew the typical chemical laden spray and opt for an all-natural and all-purpose cleaner. It promises to cut through just as much dirt and grime without the harsh chemicals.
Green Works Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
Available at Drugstore.com
Give your wooden furniture the best treatment with this nourishing polish. The all-natural beeswax formula is designed to protect and moisturize.
Daddy Van's Unscented Beeswax Furniture Polish
Available at Daddy Van's
No need to have two separate trash bins sucking up floor space in your kitchen: The stainless steel Simplehuman Rectangular Recycler is a sleek twofer. We like that the tight lid contains icky odors.
Simplehuman Rectangular Recycler
Available at Simple Human
These easy-grip Polka-Dot Sponges are so darn cute, cleaning almost won't feel like a chore. (Just remember to disinfect sponges twice a week. Soak them, and put them in the microwave on high for two minutes. Let cool before removing.)
Available at Basic French
Still using the original formula from 1886, this cleaning powder does it all. It contains natural feldspar abrasive and has no detergent, bleach, or dye -- meaning it's gentle on your hands and the planet.
Bon Ami Cleaning Powder
Available at Do It Best
Instead of harsh phosphates, this bleach-free toilet bowl cleaner from Method uses eco-friendly lactic acid to make your loo gleam and your bathroom smell great.
Method Lil’ Bowl Blu Eucalyptus Mint Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Available at Method
Cleaning solution, that is. On the side of the this contour spray bottle, you'll find instructions for mixing up simple, nontoxic cleaners using natural ingredients like baking soda and tea tree oil. Bonus: You'll save a few bucks.
Do-It-Yourself Cleaner Contour Spray Bottle
Available at The Container Store