Donate, declutter, get organized: Make room for a relaxing spring

We will never be as tidy as Marie Kondo. But odds are there are things

We will never be as tidy as Marie Kondo. But odds are there are things in our home we don’t need that we can give away or recycle to make our place easier in which to live.

Closet organizers, shelving systems and storage space-savers help clear the way to relaxation. There’s tons of research on what’s call clutter stress syndrome, but we already know we feel better in a place that isn’t chaotic and disorderly.

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, founders of The Home Edit blog, are famous for their stylish storage solutions that upgrade organizing to interior design status.

The Container Store, which sells The Home Edit collection, has storage bins and shelving in a variety of styles and materials to match your decor.

Finnish Design Shop has trophy-level storage ideas such as the classically cool Uten.Silo I from Vitra and Charles and Ray Eames’ Hang it all coat rack.

Cost Plus World Market has a midcentury modern-style walnut brown Ashlyn bookshelf ($299.99) that can also be used as a console table or media stand.Cost Plus World Market

The key: Multifunctional solutions. Furniture with built-in storage like a bench seat with shoe racks perform double duty. Cost Plus World Market has a midcentury modern-style walnut brown Ashlyn bookshelf ($299.99) that can also be used as a console table or media stand.

A slim ladder-style bookcase is an extra storage catchall. Birch Lane has farmhouse and traditional style ladders and corner bookcases as well as floating shelves and metal etageres on sale.

Another tip: Don’t get frustrated by a seemingly unworkable space. Narrow stacking drawers can fit around pipes under sinks. If you want to organize behind doors (closets to cabinets), there are inexpensive, small space storage solutions.

>The Home Edit Workbook: Prompts, Activities, and Gold Stars to Help You Contain the Chaos” (at Bookshop.org, which support local bookstores).

>”The Home Edit Life: The No-Guilt Guide to Owning What You Want and Organizing Everything” (at Bookshop.org).

If you want to display items, The Home Depot has bookcases in a wide range of sizes and styles, as well as the materials and tools to build your own.

AllModern offers brand-name midcentury, modern, contemporary and Scandinavian furniture, including home office and library bookcases, up to 60% off.

The first step: Hold on to everything that is useful, beautiful and sentimental (and not broken). Put the rest in a large trash bin, recycling container or donation bin. Or sell it on eBay.

Here are places where stuff we don’t need can hide in our home and ways we can organize what we truly want to keep.

Is your garage a place to store a car and outdoor equipment or do you want a tool shop or other workspace? Your needs will determine the desired cabinets, sturdy shelving, drawers and other organization solutions.

The Home Depot offers professional garage organization services (schedule a free in-home or virtual consultation) or you can do it yourself with products in stock like ceiling racks and freestanding shelving.

The Container Store has ventilated wire shelves, boards with hooks and wall solutions using tracks and specialty hooks for tools as well as lawn and sports equipment.

The busiest room in your home could benefit from a spring purging. Start with the refrigerator.

An easy way to maximize space is with labeled drawers and small and large stacking bins on the shelves for eggs, produce and other edibles. Individual bins and drawers are on sale at 20% off at the Container Store or there’s the Home Edit Fridge Starter Kit ($224.65).

>Read The Container Store’s practical design ideas for a small kitchen and teeny pantry

You can make a small kitchen look more spacious. Instead of cabinets and cupboards, use open shelves or storage containers and rolling carts that slide under a counter and behind fabric curtains (see more ideas at JoAnn Stores).

Even inch counts. Don’t let hidden, empty space go unused, especially under the bed. Slide storage bins under the mattress platform.

Easy Closets lets you design and order shelving, hanging rods and drawers, which you can install yourself, directly from the factory to save up to 40% (use the online design tool that keeps tallies on your total before you check out). You’ll need a tape measure, level, drill and screwdriver. See before and after photos.

The Home Depot has custom storage solutions and free consultations on its organization services or you can do-it-yourself with products in stock.

The Container Store is offering free lighting and accessories with Avera Closets.

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Finnish Design Shop has status storage ideas such as Uten.Silo I from Vitra.Finnish Design Shop

Reserve floor space when you can by using wall-mounted organizers.

Whether you’re working at home or the kids are studying, the work station will be more efficient if related items are collect in stackable containers, drawers, baskets or bins.

Mail and other printed documents can be kept in check before they pile up. Decide if each should be shredded or tossed, filed away or handled. Here are some ideas:

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