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Are you tired of your house being a cluttered chaos? We found some of the neatest, chic-est containers for toys, crafts and office supplies. Now, if we could only contain our kids...

Living room

These earthy containers from Pottery Barn are perfect for quickly cleaning up toys or storing magazines--you know, like when the doorbell rings. Stack them or put them under a desk or coffee table for instant organization. $29
Kid's room

Made of recycled fiberboard, these colorful containers from The Container Store are perfect to store small items in a kids' room. So you can stop screaming, "clean your room!"  $14.99

Stack them up in different colors to organize books, CDs and magazines. Clean and chic, these medium-size containers from The Container Store Store are a bargain at $6.99 a piece.

Store messy arts and crafts items or shoes with these clear totes from The Container Store. Transportable, so the kids can play, clean up and put away! Bonus: you can actually see what you've stored and won't have to go through box after box looking for that one item. $12.99-$17.99
Your bedroom

This large woven charcoal basket looks expensive but isn't. It's a chic way to store extra blankets, pillows or magazines in a master--or those kid things you keep stepping on. $39

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
SugarPlumFairy July 14, 2008, 12:30 PM

Super useful, esp. to get rid of clutter.

LuAnn August 14, 2008, 2:32 PM

Ummmm… not really!
Storing clutter in fancy containers is NOT getting rid of it… you are just hiding it!.

Those listed above are all good to house useful items, ones that are used a lot and tend to get scattered about.

“Rid of clutter” means that you need to give it away or recycle or toss…. get it out of the house.

Beck, Manila September 6, 2008, 11:26 AM

Its very creative and useful. You could even have it as a colorful design in your house. I think I could also use recycled materials, colored and put some arts on it to look more creative and artful. :)

Kathye October 15, 2008, 9:08 PM

I loved this.
It took me to websites with even more ideas. I am in a position that I do not have too much stuff I need to organize the clutter I have. ( 2 and 3 year old can mess up a clean house in 1.24 minutes.)

Joper March 5, 2009, 3:48 PM

I agree with LuAnn about “hiding clutter” mostly. we all have a good amount i’m sure we could afford to get rid of. But as long as i’m deciding to keep it (like toys, blankets, art supplies) I look for storage devices that can FUNCTION as something else, and aren’t just pretty. I just purchased these storage cubes from this Modern Furniture site that double as storage AND seating. I also use a hope cheast as my coffee table to store games and extra bed sheets.

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