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Consumer Reports: Trendy Tidying Tools

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What do couples fight about the most? Money comes to mind — but wait! 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 and maybe keep the peace, too!


     Toys strewn across the floor. Dressers overflowing with unfolded clothes. Cluttered kitchen drawers. That's where professional organizer Collette Shine comes to the rescue.

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

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 for $26 holds your utensils in place so they don't slip.

Sue Perry/Consumer Reports ShopSmart: "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 for $50.

Sue Perry: "You fold the item over that card and then you tuck it into a little box that the Pliio system comes with. 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 for $65, 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? Thirty-nine percent of men say they are. The number was lower for women, but still sizable — 26%.

And what are the two out-of-place things that drive people the craziest? Bills and keys.

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