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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette clutter illustration. - Photo by Nikki Dawes

Christmas is over. Perhaps you're still looking at a jumbled pile of pulled-down Christmas decorations or surveying a living room or guest bedrooms that still bear the untidy -- and unclean -- signs of the friends and family who came to visit for the holidays. And you have another dilemma: Although you'd rather not re-deck the halls in the browns, yellows, oranges and other fall colors displayed before you put up the holiday decorations, it's far too early to put up anything springlike.

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If your children got new toys for Christmas, don’t just let them add to the old ones; that creates clutter. The one-in, one-out rule should be applied, organizing experts say. Go through the toys with your child and encourage giving unwanted ones to a charitable organization.
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Storage bins are a helpful organization tool, but should be bought and used wisely, professional organizers say.
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When putting away Christmas items, it’s best get storage containers, preferably boxes with dividers in them, for precious, breakable and/or antique ornaments.
Instead of throwing wreaths in with the garland and the artificial trees, they can be kept in this collapsible, Real Simple 36-Inch Holiday Wreath Storage Bag ($14.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond).
January is National Get Organized Month, and professional organizers recommend storage bins to help — but only if you’ve got definite plans for those bins, they say. Christmas decoration-specifi c organizers include the Real Simple Holiday Gift Wrap Under Bed Wrapping Paper Storage ($19.99, Bed Bath & Beyond), featuring zip security that keeps out dust and insects, a ribbon dispenser that holds up to four spools of ribbon, and inner pockets for gift bags and bows.

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Print Headline: Resolved: No more clutter

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