5 On Your Side

A clean home may save your marriage

Posted February 28, 2013

A recent survey says nearly 40 percent of couples fight more about a messy house than about money.

To avoid any controversy or clutter, professional organizer Collette Shine is here to help.

“A good general tip is to start with the very common areas of your space, the place that you are in all the time,” she said.

Shine is one of the several professionals Consumer Reports worked with to find an organization tool that works.

The most popular aid to kitchen drawer clutter was the $26 DrawerDecor system, which holds utensils in place.

“It comes in one size, but you cut that size down to fit any size kitchen drawer,” said Sue Perry of Consumer Reports.

To keep gadgets from getting tangled in your suitcase, the Grid-it comes in different sizes ranging from $10 to $50 and neatly organizes phones, cameras and cords that may be afloat.

5 on your side A clean home may save your marriage

For $50, the clothing filters from Pliio minimize messy dresser drawers.

“You fold the item over the card and then you tuck it into a little box that the Pliio system comes with. All of your T-shirts are lined up in a row and you can pull it out without messing up the whole pile,” Perry said.

Lastly, simply pulling a drawstring on the Lay-n-Go play mat will collect small toys into a tidy pouch - the only drawback is that it costs $65.

In the Consumer Reports survey, 39 percent of men and 26 percent of women said they are the messiest spouse in the house.

Interestingly enough, bills and keys are the two most common misplaced items.


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  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Mar 7, 2013

    I agree. I don't think lack of gadgets is the problem.

  • mys1983 Mar 4, 2013

    bcde- I agree...

  • bcde Mar 1, 2013

    That may be true, but it doesn't seem like these little 'gadgets' are going to do much to pick clothes up off the floor, make beds, sweep, vacuum, wash dishes, wash clothes, etc. Those are usually the types of messes that drive people to argue, not whether the 'junk drawer' is junky.