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.

5 Totally Transformative Under-the-Sink Storage Ideas

No matter what you store there, these simple tricks and foolproof strategies will keep that area in tip-top shape.

Expert Interior Lighting Tips

Looking to create a flattering glow yet still have enough wattage to see what you’re doing? This speedy lesson in lamps, fixtures, and bulbs (plus some room-by-room tips) will illuminate the way.

How to Create a Crafty Corner for Little Kids

Kindergartners and first graders work best in a setting that reminds them of their classroom, says Julie Morgenstern, the author of Organizing From the Inside Out. Divide the space into activity zones: reading, crafting, art display. Sprinkle in some punchy colors—or go bolder, with a whimsical two-tone wall—to boost energy and creativity.

How to Create a Homework Nook Your Kids Will Actually Want to Spend Time In

Starting in second grade, when homework often ramps up, a streamlined environment with clear, uncluttered surfaces makes it easier to buckle down and focus. Think quiet, neutral shades and unified storage sets (folders, boxes) for minimal distraction and maximum concentration.

10 Things to Toss From Your Family Command Center in the Next 10 Minutes

Want a quick and easy decluttering project to cross off your list? Transform this drop zone into a streamlined, orderly space by getting rid of (or cutting down on) the items listed below.

How to Use Marie Kondo’s Smart Organizational Tips in Your Kid’s Room

It’s never too early to introduce the KonMari method to your children.

4 Toy Storage Solutions Every Parent Should Know About

These clever containers will corral four common, constantly underfoot sources of kiddie clutter.

8 Smart Office Organizers

Team players that look anything but “daily grind.”

8 Ways to Create a Sleep Sanctuary

To make your bedroom an (ultra-functional) picture of bliss, follow the decorating pros’ M.O.’s.

10 Cheap Organizing Hacks for a Clutter-Free Home

Create order out of chaos with creative, low-cost—or, even better, no-cost!—DIY ideas.