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How to Get Organized and Make Your Home Picture Perfect

Over one hundred organizing tips and tricks that’ll make life a whole lot easier.

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Whether you’re always looking for new ways to reorganize your space, or living that “less is more” motto, it’s never a bad time to tackle the clutter in your life and organize your home. It should work for you and not against you. But, the challenge remains: how to get organized? Thankfully, Woman’s Day checked in with some certified National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals members to uncover and highlight the best organizing tips for tidying up even the peskiest of spaces.

Beyond the “how,” organizing can also give you a sense of peace. “Organization, to me, is one of the most calming and stress-free therapeutic vitamins that you could ever take,” Wendy Silberstein, a professional organizer who’s also known as the Aesthetic Organizer, tells Woman’s Day. “Organization dictates what your daily life will be like; it brings families together; it brings marriages together; and it makes daily life so much simpler.”

Professional organizer at STR8N UP, Jennifer Truesdale, tell’s Woman’s Day that finding ways to stay organized can help people avoid “decision fatigue,” which is a state of mental exhaustion that comes after making a million tiny decisions all day. “If we can eliminate any clutter or chaos with organized systems and simplify our routines with more order, then we can eliminate many of those subconscious decisions that tax our brain throughout the day, allowing us more time for maximizing our daily productivity,” she says.

Of course, it may feel overwhelming to organize your entire home, so it’s important to take it one step at a time. Our experts provide some easy tips to get you going.

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Be honest with yourself.

One of the first things you need to do to keep your home orderly is to get rid of what you don’t need. It’s common to contain stuff you never use because you either forgot you had certain things or you’ve developed emotional attachments to items.

Be honest with yourself. Let go of what you don’t use or won’t miss.

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Create an on-the-go kit with sample products.

If you’ve collected a lot of small sampler products, corral them together in a clear zippered pouch that you can either grab and go the next time you travel or that you can keep in a drawer under the sink to try out the next time you want to change your skincare routine, professional organizer Wendy Silberstein advises.

SHOP CLEAR POUCHES

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Consider a lazy Susan for spices.

If you’re a whiz in the kitchen, Silberstein advises keeping the things you use most often close at hand. She recommends putting your spices on a lazy Susan either on the counter or in a cabinet next to your oils and vinegars, somewhere by the stove so they’re easy to reach when you need them.

SHOP LAZY SUSANS

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Attach a mesh bag to your hamper for socks.

It’s no secret that socks always seem to get lost. Keep them with their pair by putting them in a mesh bag attached to your hamper and then throwing the whole thing in the wash. “If everyone has their own sock bag, you will be able to match into pairs and put them away with ease,” professional organizer Jennifer Truesdale says.

SHOP MESH BAGS

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Buy things in categories.

Instead of buying bowls, pots and pans, food containers, and other grouped-together items at different times, get them together or as a set.

Why? Because they’re more likely to easily nest together or fit within each other, making them easy to store.

SHOP NESTING BOWLS

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Contain everything.

If everything has a place, your home will look neat. Make sure items that can be contained are in a specified container. This will also help you remember where you put things. It’s a no-brainer.

SHOP UTENSIL CONTAINERS

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Label, label, label.

“You want your kids to be independent and understand where things are,” Silberstein says on the importance of labeling when you live with others. A simple set of labels for where major items go will help ensure that people can find them and put them back where they belong.

SHOP LABEL MAKERS

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Sort your fridge like a grocery store.

Just as grocery stores have a designated place for different types of items — meats, dairy, snacks, etc. — so too should your fridge. Silberstein advises using clear bins in your fridge to keep everything in its designated place, and stacking the bins to take advantage of the height available on most refrigerator shelves.

SHOP REFRIGERATOR ORGANIZING BINS

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Get rid of old tech.

Unless you are trying to have an old-phone museum or a graveyard of old computers, it’s time to get rid of old tech.

Consider selling your items on eBay or disposing of them the proper way by doing a quick Google search on how or where to recycle, depending on the item.

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Store kids’ toys in over-the-door organizers.

“Pockets are your friends,” says Truesdale. “Use over the door shoe bags with pockets for corralling all types of items when you need extra hidden yet accessible storage.”

SHOP OVER-THE-DOOR ORGANIZERS

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Pick your favorite cleaning products.

“Don’t have 100 products,” Silberstein says. “Most people think they have no space under their sink, but they just have so many products they don’t need.” She suggests picking your favorite multi-surface cleaner, glass cleaner, and bathroom cleaner, and storing those with a few sponges and rags in a bin under the sink.

SHOP ALL-PURPOSE CLEANERS

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Use a basket for constant clutter.

If you have a partner or little one who’s constantly cluttering up the same space, have a dedicated basket in that space to keep things tidy. “Items can be put in the basket and easily carried to their room to be put away later,” Truesdale says.

SHOP STORAGE BASKETS

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Tame cords with a picture ledge.

Uncross wires and gain back precious workspace by turning a simple picture ledge into a charging dock. Use a drill fitted with a 3/4″ bit to make holes in the bottom of the shelf, then hang it on the wall above your desk. Thread your charging cords through the holes so you can plug in devices quickly.

SHOP FLOATING SHELVES

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Use the walls.

Hang canvas bins from sturdy hooks, either in a row or grid pattern, to free up space on the floor. You can use them to corral board games, books, magazines, and other items inside. Select a style with a soft color or patterns, and these catchalls become wall decor, too.

SHOP WOVEN BASKETS

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Create an organization station in a kitchen cabinet.

Turn the inside of a cabinet door into an undercover organization station that stores important info like the WiFi password, memos, and coupons. Create your own memo board by trimming chalkboard vinyl to size and positioning at eye level.

SHOP CHALKBOARD VINYL

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Put everything in its place.

Assign specific living quarters to everything you own, and enlist baskets, trays, crates, and hooks to help. If it doesn’t have a home, it doesn’t stay in the house.

SHOP TRAYS FOR ORGANIZATION

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Set up an outbox.

Create a designated spot for outgoing items (packages, store returns, and more) to prevent them from crowding the tabletop and floor.

SHOP CONSOLE TABLES

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Think about your daily routine.

Put things where they work for you: vitamins by the juice glasses, coats in the garage, and key hooks by the door.

SHOP COAT HOOKS

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Create a coffee station.

A mug over here, a coffee maker there, some K-cups elsewhere… A designated coffee station can make a difference in your mornings and in the overall vibe of your space.

SHOP COFFEE STATIONS

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Color code.

Grouping things in color can help you live in many ways. Not only will you know where everything is, this organizing method will also make things look beautiful.

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Keep a tray on your coffee table.

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Get rid of CD and DVD cases.

If you still have these, say goodbye to CD stands and move all your discs to a storage wallet. Better yet, import songs into your iTunes library or add them to your Spotify playlist. Moving forward, commit to going digital only.

You can also convert home videos and more with a service like imemories.com.

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Put a trash can in every room.

Keep a wastebasket in every room of your house so there’s always a place to toss trash, suggests Waddill.

SHOP TRASH CANS

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Stick to a cleaning routine.

To stay on track (and make cleaning feel less overwhelming), jot your routine down on index cards — organized by daily, weekly, and monthly to-dos — and post them on a bulletin board, says Debbie Williams, founder of organizedtimes.com.

SHOP CORK BOARDS

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Throw out disposable containers right away.

When you unload your groceries, instead of keeping them in the containers they came in, just throw them right into your refrigerator drawer or matching storage bins.

It’ll keep your fridge looking beautiful, while also streamlining your produce storage.

SHOP FOOD STORAGE BINS

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Get rid of things you never wear.

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Don’t neglect your garage.

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Organize cleaning supplies in a caddy.

Use a plastic caddy, not valuable shelf space, to store cleaning supplies. Keep it on the broom closet floor (locked, if you have small children) and tote it from room to room.

SHOP PLASTIC CADDIES

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Keep clean sheets near the bed.


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Kelsey Hurwitz is the assistant editor of WomansDay.com, and covers entertainment, holidays, pets, and good news.


Brie Gatchalian is a mom of two, experienced cat mom, wife and freelance writer based in North Jersey.

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