Your Ultimate Guide
to Getting Organized
Simple strategies, storage solutions, and
clutter-busting tips for transforming trouble spots.
This Month’s Challenge: Out of Season Storage
Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
Keeping items out of sight when they’re out of rotation is no one-size-fits-all proposition. Here, 10 self-contained solutions to meet the needs of all sorts of homes, whether you have a spacious attic or just a spare corner.
Attic and Basement Storage Suggestions
Three secrets to self-storage preservation.
6 Strategic Holiday Storage Items
Must-have organizers that will keep your decorations stashed and ready for next year.
5 Outdoor Storage Options
Organizing solutions for wrangling the kids' toys, lawn tools, and all else taking over your space.
Easy Storage Solutions From A to Z
Learn how to give everything a proper home, from spare buttons to decorations.
Last Month’s Project: The Entryway
How to Organize the Entryway
Clutter coach Chip Cordelli turns this potential pileup spot (backpacks! jackets! soccer balls!) into a super-efficient on-off ramp for quick school-day exits and happy homecomings.
21 Ways to Enhance an Entryway
Looking to add vigor to your vestibule, fizz to your foyer? Try these easy ideas.
Surprise Storage for the Entryway
Put this area work as a place to stash stuff when you walk in and grab it as you go.
August’s Challenge: The Dresser
How to Organize Your Dresser
Rescue overstuffed drawers from chaos—and your dresser top from its destiny as a drop spot for junk. Clutter coach Chip Cordelli makes an open-and-shut case for how to do it.
July’s Challenge: Closets! Playroom! Garage!
A Room-by-Room Makeover for an Organized Home
Classic trouble zones (closets, garage, playroom) get necessary transformations with clutter-busting solutions.
4 Tips for a Stress-Free Home Makeover
We all have spots we would rather close the door on. Tackle top trouble zones with these easy-to-follow tricks.
June’s Challenge: The Junk Drawer
May’s Challenge: The Utility Closet
April’s Challenge: The Command Center
How to Organize the Family Command Center
Dream of trading in your perpetual piles for an appealing hub that keeps family life running smoothly? Thanks to clutter coach Chip Cordelli, your wish is our command (center).
Before and After Bulletin Board Makeover
With four kids under 9, this mom had a jam-packed info center―and needed help.
A Home Office Makeover
Real Simple brings some order (and some charm) to a cluttered home office.
20 Home Office Organizing Tricks
Clever products and space-saving strategies to help you declutter your space.
February’s Challenge: The Medicine Cabinet
Medicine Cabinet Organizing Tricks
Simple strategies for finding a place for all of your bathroom essentials.
Medicine Cabinet Makeover
It’s easy to let over the counter medicines expire and the bandage box run down to zero, but keeping everything current and stocked is the best way to be prepared for an emergency.
A Glossary of Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves
The over-the-counter medicines and supplies to have at the ready for minor emergencies.
Medicine Cabinet Essentials Checklist
Keep these supplies on hand to treat minor ailments―and to save yourself a late-night dash to the drugstore.
January’s Challenge: The Kitchen
Conquer Kitchen Clutter
Simple and smart clutter-clearing strategies for straightening out your pantry, cabinets, spice rack, and more.
The Well-Organized Kitchen
Whether you're a daily cook or an occasional one, maximize time with the right setup.
16 Before-and-After Makeovers
Learn how Real Simple transformed readers’ kitchens, bathrooms, and more.
Storing Pots and Pans
Three strategies to organizing your cupboards.
Organize Your Kitchen by Activity
Create an efficient workspace with these strategies and tips.
New Uses for Things in the Kitchen
These items step up to the plate in less time than it takes to heat up leftovers.
Organizing the Kitchen Checklist
An organized kitchen allows you to cook more efficiently, clean up quickly―and find everything you need instantly.
Pantry Organizing Checklist
A well-organized pantry means you’ll always know what materials you have on hand.
Complete Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
A step-by-step guide to efficiently cleaning your most-used room (in just a few hours, or over the course of a few days).
Speed-Clean Your Refrigerator
Take your refrigerator from filthy to flawless in 20 minutes with this cleaning checklist.
Kitchen Chores for Kids Checklist
Get your kids into the kitchen with this guide to simple, safe cooking tasks broken down by age.
How-To: Organize Bills
It’s safe to say that no one enjoys paying the bills, but having a solid system for tackling this task—as shown in this video—can take at least some of the sting out of it. Here’s how to keep bills organized both before and after you pay them.
How-To Eliminate Cord Clutter
Those dozens of wires around your home―in your kitchen, by your computer, behind your TV―can be a tangled nuisance. Control cord clutter with the quick tricks and clever organizing products shown in this video.
How-To: Organize a Closet
Having a neat, organized closet simplifies your life, making it easier to get dressed every morning. This video shows how to organize a closet in three easy steps.
How-To: Fold a T-Shirt
When it’s time to do some T-shirt folding, use the simple trick in this video. You can fold a T-shirt in 15 seconds flat for a guaranteed wrinkle-free fit.