Consumer Reports: Clean up your clutter!

January 3, 2013 11:55:59 AM PST
If you've resolved this new year to clear out the clutter and keep your place tidy, We've got some tips to help you.

What do couples fight about the most? Money probably comes to mind. But, a just-released Consumer Reports ShopSmart survey finds almost 40% of couples fight more about messes!

Here are some new tools that can help clean up clutter.

"A good general tip is to start with the very common areas of your space, the place that you are all the time," says professional organizer Collette Shine.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart consulted with professionals like Collette to find the latest tidying tools.

Ever search frantically through a kitchen drawer, trying to find the right utensil? This DrawerDecor System holds your utensils in place so they don't slip.

"It comes in one size, but you cut that size down to fit any size kitchen drawer."

When traveling, do you end up throwing all your gadgets into your suitcase? Try this instead - the Grid-It - a case that organizes your phones, cameras, and cords. It comes in different sizes ranging from $10 to $50.

Would you like to banish messy dresser drawers? Then consider these cool clothing filers from Pliio.

"You fold the item over that card and then you tuck it into a little box that the Pliio system comes with," says Sue Perry. "So all your T-shirts are all lined up in a row, and you can pull it out without messing up the whole pile."

Tired of stepping over tiny toys? With the Lay-n-Go play mat, you pull a drawstring and everything's in a tidy pouch.

Just a few handy items can go a long way to getting your clutter under control.

ShopSmart also asked couples who's the messiest? The responses: 39% of men say they are; The number was lower for women, 26%.