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.

7 Things You Shouldn’t Store in Your Garage

Use these guidelines when you’re organizing and cleaning out your space.

5 Clever New Uses for Things You Might Find in Your Garage

Smart ways to re-purpose those items that are probably just collecting dust.

3 Great Garage Makeovers

How a trio of families corralled their clutter for good with smart solutions.

The Best Bathroom Cleaning Products

Introducing the essential tools for tackling the most dreaded spot to scrub in the home.

Genius Ways to Organize Your Everyday Accessories

They say accessories can take an outfit from good to great—but are you struggling to find a place to store those smaller items? Check out these stylish DIY storage ideas for sunglasses, scarves, hats, and jewelry.

9 Decluttering Secrets From Professional Organizers

Nine smart strategies spotted in (and stolen from) the houses of expert clutter-busters. Chalk it up to experience—they really work.

Cleaning Bathroom Accessories Checklist

Caution: Objects in the mirror may be dirtier than they appear. Shine them up with this routine.

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.