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They Hide Labels

"Nothing is more distracting than product labels," says Socci. Hand cream, shampoo, cleaning products, food items—not only can packaging distract your eye and make your drawer or cabinet appear cluttered, but a hodgepodge of containers can make storage more difficult. For example, if you transfer opened bags and boxes of beans, cereal, pasta and rice into clear plastic or glass containers, you'll know what's inside at a glance (and how much you've got), and they'll fit more neatly into your pantry.