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.

Organize Your Linen Closet

A daunting task is easy to tame with a little fortitude and a plan.

9 Tips on Packing for a Move

Nine tips to make sure your valuables come out of their boxes in good shape.

7 Smart Desk Accessories

Dress up your desk and stay organized this year with these fun fixtures.

How to Choose Chairs for Your Dining Table

Stuck on which seats to buy for your dining area? This clever guide gives you stylish, foolproof picks for the most common types of tables.

How to Choose the Right Refrigerator

Inundated by the options when looking for a new refrigerator? Our chart could help you decide.

14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

See how Real Simple readers’ rooms went from drab to fab.

3 Bedding Innovations You Need to Know About 

Sleep better than ever before with these revolutionary bedroom products.

7 Kitchen Items to Save or Splurge On

Looking to refresh some of the pieces in your kitchen? You decide which upgrades are worth the investment.

6 Dishwasher Do’s and Don’ts

Fork tines up or down? Plates facing right or left? Two pros cycle through their dish-loading directives.

This Is the Best Way to Organize Your Utility Closet

It may be a small space, but it holds most of the essential tools in your home.