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.

6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

Simple strategies to keep your home (and everything in it) a little tidier.

5 Projects You Always Say You’ll Do… and How to Finally Do Them

These resolutions always make the rounds. This is the year they will actually get done.

7 Steps to a Successful Closet Purge

Ditching the items you spent hard-earned cash on is no easy task. First things first: Don’t think—just dump. Power-sort the items that you love or wear all the time into a keep pile and the ones that you know aren’t working (and aren’t worth something) into a donate or recycle bag. “Pretend your closet is about to catch fire. What would you save?” says Jennifer Baumgartner, Psy.D., a psychologist, a wardrobe consultant, and the author of You Are What You Wear. “You’ll make better decisions if you go with your gut and don’t get sucked into the paralysis of analysis.” To get started, ask yourself these seven questions. 

8 Essentials for Your Mudroom

Despite its name, your mudroom doesn’t have to be dirty and disorganized. These eight items will help this high-traffic room or entryway stay neat and tidy.

Creative Thanksgiving Table ideas

Take your own dishes to fun, festive heights with these easy ideas for unexpected Thanksgiving tables.

The Best Inexpensive Party Glasses

Raise the bar (heh) at your next gathering with a stash of affordable drinkware that will make the room—and your guests—sparkle.    

Festive Holiday Décor Ideas

This year Real Simple tapped three style pros to create freshly festive holiday decorations that you can easily recreate at home. 

Back-to-School Organizing Tips

Smart ideas to start off the new school year right—and with less stress.

5 Smart Ways to Sort and Store Your Kids’ Art

How to sort and store the fragile tokens of youth (without hurting anyone’s feelings).

Great Dorm Bedding

Head to college in style with comfortable bedding that will instantly transform your dorm room.