These organizing hacks and ideas will make sorting through the clutter more manageable. You’ll be amazed how much tidying up can transform your space.
If you’re like me, you spend half the day on a mission to find the second missing sock, torturing your family members with never-ending “have you seen” questions about this and that, trapping yourself in the eternal “lost and found” limbo. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way, so bear with us.
We compiled a list full of practical and super simple ideas that will give your home (and soul) some much-needed order. From making an “eat me first” bin in your fridge to making a magnetic organizer for your makeup to mount on the wall, this is something you want to take notes on and thank us later.
There’s enough chaos in this world already, so the last thing you want is to have it at home. (H/T)
01. My Synesthesia Means That I Remember Books Better By Their Color Than By Title Or Author, So This Is What Happens When I Have Enough Shelf Space
02. Keep Matching Bedsheets And Covers Inside The Pillowcase
03. Showed My Sister The Joy Of Konmari! She Asked For Help With Her Linen Closet, And I Think We Did A Great Job, Even With Her Wanting To Keep A Little Too Much
For many, organizing their homes can be a truly daunting task. When you look around, it may become overwhelming, and we’re stuck in a “to-do” list limbo, unsure where to start.
To learn more about organizing our homes like a pro, we contacted Erin Mursch, a certified KonMari consultant and founder of “Organized For Good.” Erin said the first thing you want to do after deciding it’s time for a change is get clear on your “why.”
“It’s one thing to acknowledge you’re not satisfied with the status quo; it’s another to have a clear vision of the life that awaits you after your space is completely organized.”
04. With Quarantine In Order, There Is Lots Of Time To Tackle My Craft Corner. It Took A While, But… My Embroidery Yarn Spark(Le)s So Much Joy Now.
05. Hang An Office File Organizer On The Inside Of Your Tupperware Cabinet To Keep Up With The Lids
06. My Grandpa Uses The Actual Hardware For Labeling The Drawers
The organizing expert suggested asking yourself, “Once your home is tidy, what will your daily routine look like? What activities will you enjoy doing in your home?” They should help you to come up with a clear vision of the finish line, which “makes you much more likely to get there and keep your home organized for good.” You may begin organizing only once you feel connected to the vision in front of you.
Erin said that despite the trend of Instagram-worthy pantries and playrooms of the rich and famous, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to tidy your home. “Time and energy are all it takes. One of the biggest mistakes I see is planning storage too soon. Buying containers, dividers, and other organizing products is usually not necessary when you begin by eliminating what you no longer use and love.”
07. An Easy Way To Organize Your Cables And Prevent Them From Getting Tangled
08. DIY Pantry Door Spice Rack
09. Attic Storage…One Of The Fantastic Hacks For Organizing Holiday Décor
The expert suggests constantly reusing storage containers you already have or using simple boxes as dividers inside drawers. “For example, shoe boxes without lids work well to support clothing folded vertically inside drawers, and iPhone boxes are the perfect size to organize small items within drawers of bathrooms or office desks,” Erin suggested.
Erin explained that the key is decluttering and organizing thoroughly. “If you focus on keeping only items that support your ideal life, then your home will certainly stay organized longer, and you’ll automatically become more mindful of what you bring into your home,” she said.
10. Old Book-Ends Keep My Shirts Tidy As I Approach Laundry Day, And My Drawer Gets Emptier
11. I Konmari’d The Fridge. Each Bin Is A Dinner! I Put Together All The Ingredients So I Can Pull Out A Bin, And Everything Is Right There
12. My Vertical Tea Station
However, Erin warns us to remember that laundry or dishes will never be done, so mastering those habits is critical. “Don’t beat yourself up if things get out of place every once in a while, and ‘don’t let perfect be the enemy of good’ is a Voltaire quote I find myself repeating often.” Start from a simple sweep, and return items to their space so things get back in order.
“The essence of being organized is having a home for everything and returning an item to its rightful home after each use. Toothbrush back in the drawer, coat back on the hook or closet, toys in the basket, and books on the shelf. It is simple but does require consistent effort,” Erin concluded.
13. If You’re Moving, You Can Use This Method To Transport All The Clothes That You Hang Easily
14. Create Non-Slip Hangers With Hot Glue
15. Cut Dollar Store Pool Noodles Into Quarters To Keep Your Boots Upright In The Floor Of Your Closet
16. A Drying Rack That Rolls Out To Sit Over Your Sink
17. Label Your Cords – Organizing Hacks
18. I Stole This One From My Mom
19. I Thought You Might Like To See How I Store My Stud Earrings
20. Mount Coat Hooks Near The Door To Create A Handy Shoe Rack
21. I Was Growing Sick Of Always Having To Lift All The Plates To Get To The Larger Ones
22. Stash Under-Bed Storage Bins In Your Deepest Cabinets To Make Everything Accessible, Even In The Back Of The Cabinets
23. Keep Cables Cleaned Up With Binder Clips
24. Create An “Eat Me First” Bin In Your Fridge Or Your Pantry (Or Both!) To Help Cut Down On Food Waste
25. Two Dowels For Mounting Rolls Of Trash Bags Under Your Sink
26. Hang Rain Gutter Shelves To Store Kid’s Books
27. Wrangle Your Freezer Bags With Binder Clips
28. Instead Of Tossing Out Your Old Egg Cartons, Try This Out
Store the squeeze bottles upside down in an egg carton. It keeps them organized, sliding around the fridge, and helps you squeeze them quickly when needed.
29. Group Together Books You Haven’t Read Yet
30. A Coffee Measuring Spoon That Doubles As A Clip For Your Bag Of Beans
31. Organize Hair Ties
32. Store Bath Toys In A Fruit Basket
33. Turn A TV Armoire Into Craft Storage
34. Use Small Storage Solutions To Make It Easier To Find Your Stuff
35. Used Wasted Space In Pantry. Way More Organized
36. 11 Trash Bags Full Of Donations Later, And I Can Finally Say That My Closet And Everything In It Sparks Joy
37. Attach An Empty Tissue Box To The Inside Of A Kitchen Cabinet For Easy-To-Grab Storage
38. Before And After Jewelry. My Jewelry Now Brings Me Joy, And I Can See It All
39. The Aftermath Of The Yarn Sorting Session – These Little Fellas Are The Ones That I’ve Decided To Keep, And This Time I Won’t Stuff Them In Plastic Bags And Cardboard Boxes
40. I Finished My Laundry Room. I Can Finally Breathe In Here And Enjoy This Space
41. The Way My Mom Organizes My Dad’s Shoes
42. Store Christmas Decorations And Festive Lights In Egg Cartons
43. Organize Your Pantry With Labeled Bins
44. Bath Toy Organization Using A Shower Rod
45. DIY Backpack Station
46. How I Organized My Papers Post-Konmari
47. Divide Up Your Drawers With Mesh Organizers From The Office Supply Store To Make Sure Every Utensil Has A Spot
48. Adapt IKEA’s Fintorp Kitchen Organizer Into Over-The-Toilet Organizers
49. Home Organizing Hacks
50. Opt For A Murphy Bed With Built-In Storage
Murphy beds are ahead of the home organization/space-saving curve—especially ones that incorporate shelving and cabinetry. They optimize floor space and are perfect for any home, especially studio apartments.
51. Tame Cords By Stuffing Them Inside Toilet Paper Rolls
52. Clothespin For Earplugs – Organizing Hacks
53. Sort Your Pantry Into Easy-To-Identify Sections Using Magazine Organizers
54. Something As Simple As Matching Hangers Can Make Such A Difference
55. I Did The Drawer, And Now It Looks Like I Have An Office Supply Store
56. Stock Your Fridge With Bins, Baskets, And Maybe A Lazy Susan Or Two
57. Prevent Any Annoying Clothes Hanger Slippage By Wrapping Your Hangers With Pipe Cleaners
58. Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Simple Metal Shelf (And Lidded Bins)
59. Turn A Dresser Into A Craft Station
60. Organize The Under The Sink Cleaning Cupboard
61. Color Code Your Circuit-Breaker Box So You Don’t Have To Hunt For The Right Switch When The Breaker Flips
62. A Set Of Magnetic Spice Tins That You Can Hang On The Side Of Your Fridge
63. A Little Before And After Gem
64. Organize Canned Goods In A Magazine Holder
65. Store Spices On A Cupboard Riser
And just like that, you can see your coriander.
66. Shower Organizing
67. Organize Your Pantry By Using Baskets And Labels
68. Move Your Coffee Station Inside A Drawer
Tuck all your coffee and tea accouterments into neat little acrylic bins.
69. Turn Those Builder-Grade Shelves Into Convenient Storage Space Using S-Hooks From The Hardware Store
70. Consider A Storage Bench
Whether built-in or freestanding, a bench with storage at the base could be just what you need. Renovating? Think about a built-in bench that opens up for more storage, and top it off with some newly upholstered cushions. These built-ins make the perfect seating for any breakfast nook.
71. Wall-Mount Produce Baskets – Organizing Hacks
Farmhouse charm meets utility.
72. Place Larger Books On The Bottom
73. If You Share A Bathroom With Several People, Assigned Plastic Drawers Can Give Everyone Their Own Space
74. Keep Your Bobby Pins In Check With Magnets
75. Can Find Anything Within 30 Seconds
76. Use Every Space In Your Pantry
77. Strip All Of The Restaurant Crayons, Leftover School Crayons, And Whatever Else Crayons There Are Of Their Boxes, Then Pour ‘Em Into A Cheap Candy Jar
78. I’m Keeping These & Getting Rid Of The Shoes I Bought For The “Pretend Me.” Example: 3″ Heels. I Bought Them Thinking, “I’ll Wear These On A Fancy Date With My Husband Or To The Theater!!”. We Don’t Go On Super Fancy Dates & I Don’t Go To The Theater. Never Buying Clothes For The Pretend Me Again
79. Store Wrapping Paper In A Decorative Hamper
80. Use Command Clips & A Bracelet To Child Proof Your Fridge
81. Start A System For Organizing Your Papers If You Don’t Already Have One
82. Cover Empty Aluminum Cans With Washi Or Fabric Tape To Make Pretty Pencil Organizers On The Cheap
83. The Insides Of Cabinets Are Also Great Places To Put Hooks For Rags, Gloves, And Pot Holders
84. Use A Stacked Plate Rack To Make Extra Counter Storage Space
85. I Feel So Much Joy When I Open My Closet
86. Make Use Of Windowsills
An often overlooked organization-approved surface, windowsills make the perfect countertop for all those trinket dishes we discussed earlier.
87. Organize That Pantry!
88. Use Labels Everywhere
89. Play With Horizontal Book Stacks
90. Fold All Of The Clothes You Store In Your Drawers According To The Konmari Method
91. Two Smaller Dowels For Your Foil And Parchment Paper
92. So My Joy! – Organizing Hacks
93. Store Games In Individual Plastic Drawers
Remove the drawer when you’re ready to play.
94. Add A Black-Board In Your Pantry For Grocery Lists
95. Only Use The Top Shelf For Décor
96. Tame Your Linen Closet With The Help Of A Few Bins And Pretty Labels
97. For Smaller Items (Like Spray Paint), Rely On The Humble Shoe Organizer
98. Use Coat Hooks Instead Of Towel Rod For Shared Bathrooms
Some of us aren’t lucky enough to live without roommates, so when the germophobe in your life insists on their hand towel, hang up coat hooks to keep things organized.
99. A Second Set Of Magazine Holders For Organizing Your Re-Useable Water Bottles
100. A Wine Rack That Converts To Only Take Up As Much Space As You Have Wine
101. Hang Spice Racks To Organize Your Hair Products And Lotions
102. Install Multiple Towel Rods On The Back Of Your Door
103. I Used Command Hooks To Hang My Pan Lids Onto The Inside Of A Cabinet Door
104. Declutter With Drawer Dividers
105. Under The Sink Win
106. Did My Desk Drawers
107. I Couldn’t Stop With The Kid’s Bedroom. I Spent All Night Purging The Playroom. It Was Such A Mess That My 3-Year-Old (Who Made The Mess) Wouldn’t Play In There Any Longer. He’s Going To Be Shocked When He Wakes Up
108. Curate Canisters – Organizing Hacks
Assign shelves for a type of food or use, like baking essentials, dry ingredients, and snacks, and place boxed goods into glass canisters for adequate pantry storage.
109. An Inclined Paper Sorter That Makes It Easy To Grab The Baking Sheets You Need Out Of Your Lower Cabinets
110. Purged On The Linens
111. Add A Pegboard
A pegboard wall is an exciting way to organize anything from cooking tools to gym equipment.
112. Hang Once-Opened Potato Chip Bags In Your Pantry
113. Use Bins In The Pantry – Organizing Hacks
If your pantry is disorganized, consider organizing everything into “zones.” For example, you can group items into breakfast, baking, dinner, etc.
114. Organize Clutter With Large Trays
We suggest placing a more oversized tray atop a coffee table or console table to house a variety of home goods.
115. I Konmari’d My Tissue Paper
116. My Earrings Finally Spark Joy After Being Scattered Around My Room For Years
117. Find More Closet Rod Space With A Double-Hang Closet Rod
118. Use Your Nightstand’s Drawer As An Easy Place To Hide All Of Your Charger Cords
119. DIY Mason Jar Holder – Organizing Hacks
120. If You’re A Major Scarf Collector, Use Shower Curtain Rings And An Over-The-Door Shoe Rack To Organize Your Favorites
121. Stack Your Clutches Neatly Using Envelope And Paper Organizers From The Office Supply Store
122. Store Folded Clothes Vertically
123. Hang Up Your Laundry
If you hang up your laundry hamper on the wall, you can free up some valuable floor real estate.
124. Corral Craft Supplies In A Shoe Organizer
Clean and clear, and under control.
125. Home Organizing Hacks
126. Add 2 Rows Of Books Per Shelf
127. Make Your Shower Look Neat Even When You Buy Oversized Bulk Bottles Of Shampoo, Conditioner, And Body Wash By Refilling Pretty Pump Bottles
128. Put A Small Wine Rack On Your Bathroom Cabinet Or Under Your Bathroom Cabinet To Hold All Of Your Hairstyling Tools
129. Hang Up An Oversized Cork Board So You Can Easily Pin Things You Need (And Want!) To Remember
130. Roll Your Towels, Don’t Fold Them
131. Take Advantage Of Hard-To-Reach Spots
Line sturdy door frames with antique bottles or decorative objects for a whimsical and unexpected vibe.
132. Color-Coordinate Your Books
Organizing your books by color is an excellent exercise in decluttering and remembering what books you have in your collection.
133. Keep A Big Basket Next To Or At The Foot Of Your Bed For Tossing Throw Pillows And Other Decorative Items When It’s Time To Sleep
134. Remove The Dust Jackets
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