Keeping a house clean is not just about the dusting and the vacuuming. It’s also about keeping a clutter free home. One area that is often neglected is the closet.

Closets often become storage areas for a lot of “stuff”. Keeping your closets organized is one way to help maintain a clean home.

Here are a few tips to help reduce closet clutter from Real Simple.

Create storage spaces: Put shoes in plastic shoe boxes and store accessories in clear, plastic drawers. Clear bins enable you to see what you have in your closet, while keeping the closet neat and tidy.

Hang up your bags: Buy hooks for your bags and hang them on the rack. This keeps your handbags from losing shape on shelves.

Pack up last season’s wardrobe: Use large canvas boxes to neatly store winter sweaters. Label the boxes for easy location when winter rolls around again.

Use the back of the door: Store shoes, sports equipment and more by using over the door racks.

Maximize your space: In small closets, use slim hangers and clear, stackable bins with pull out drawers.

These are just a few of the ways you can create a tidy closet. Click here for more tips from Real Simple on making over your closet.

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