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.

Speed-Clean a Big Bookcase Checklist

Want to be decluttered and dusted in 15 minutes or less? Here’s what you’ll need: an apron with pockets, an old sheet, silica-gel packets, a Swiffer duster with an extendable handle, an Alvin dry-cleaning pad, a hair dryer, an extension cord, and a step stool.

65 New Uses for Things in Your Office

Make your office supplies work overtime with these unexpected twists.

3 Smart Designs for a Home Office

Turn a corner of any room into a work area that really works with these tips.

20 Home Office Organizing Tricks    

Clever products and space-saving strategies to help you declutter your space.

8 Beds With Super Smart Storage

If you’re lacking in closet space, a bed with storage underneath can help to solve your problems.

15 Clever Ways to Finally Organize Your Drawers

Get disorganized drawers under control with these smart de-cluttering tips.

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.