Organizing

Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of stuff and have no idea how to fix it or where to start? You’re not alone. Find effective tips for organizing everything in your home—from chaotic closets to tiny toddler toys. It’s not only about creating orderly systems, but also figuring out what should actually be taking up the valuable real estate within each space. We’ve included helpful lists advising you what to purge (those three spare can openers in the utensil drawer) and how to let some sentimental pieces go (your math notebook from junior high). Follow our 31-day plan to create an orderly closet out of the mountain of clothing, shoes, and handbags that currently overload the space. Want to get into the habit of being (and staying) organized? We’ve even included a list of habits that highly organized people live by—so you can do the same.

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How to get your life organized and streamlined, with a meal planner, to-do lists, organizational tips, and more.      

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Makeup-Organizing Checklist 

Quick steps to streamline your overstuffed makeup bag and find the beauty products you actually use.

The Life-Changing Magic of Organizing Your Organizational Supplies

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Surprising ways to update your home décor.

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5 Playful Decorating Ideas

Five foolproof ways to give your home a touch of childlike whimsy—without sacrificing your adult aesthetic.

The Best Desk Supplies

Back-to-school season inspired Real Simple to put grown-up office tools through their paces. These staples made the cut.

19 Dorm Room Essentials

Whether you're heading to college or sending a child off, pick up these essentials for dorm living.