Get Organized: A Collection of Home Organization Tips & Ideas

Get Organized: A Collection of Home Organization Tips & Ideas |

If your new year’s resolution was to finally get organized, don’t give up on that resolution just yet. (Statistics show that 80 percent of people who make a new year’s resolution Jan. 1 won’t stick with it by Valentine’s Day.)

Get your whole house in order with my favorite strategies, tips and ideas for home organization. I’ll give room-by-room organization tips, plus cute storage ideas.

From the bathroom to the office, here’s how to finally clear the clutter and get organized.

5 Ways to Use Wooden Boxes for Storage

We all need to store stuff. Why not make it look good at the same time? Wooden boxes are one of my favorite creative storage solutions that serve a purpose and look attractive. You can pile just about anything in them and they make a jumbled mess of stuff much more easy on the eyes.

Try these creative ways to use wooden boxes for storage.

Stylishly Organize Your Home With Vintage Tins

We often associate “storage” with dumpy, bulky plastic tubs and containers. When you work so hard to fill your home with items that fit your style, you might wonder why can’t storage do its job and look good too? It can! Keep your home looking stylish by corralling all of those stray items—mail, batteries, office supplies—in easy-to-come-by vintage tins.

See why vintage tins make the best storage.

5 Fun Storage Solutions for Your Desk

If you don’t have a lot of drawer space in your desk or home office, it’s hard to stay organized. See how I solved this problem with these five desk storage solutions that work well and look good too!

See the desk storage solutions.

Try This: Old Toolbox to Craft Caddy

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful. See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Make your own cute craft caddy.

7 Handy Bathroom Organization Tips

Bathrooms tend to be difficult rooms to keep organized. Shampoos, soaps, lotions and the tons of other products we use daily easily get scattered about. Tweezers, nail files and hair ties end up anywhere but where you can find them. If you’re anything like me, keeping your bathroom clutter-free will seriously reduce your stress level when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.

Keep your bathroom tidy.

I hope these ideas help you get organized. Decluttering always clears my mind and helps me feel inspired.

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How to Repurpose an Old Toolbox Into a Craft Caddy You’ll Love

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When you’re crafting, do your supplies explode all over your work surface? One minute you’re crafting up a storm and the next you can’t even clear an area to work because you’re drowning under a pile of stickers, glue and paper.

At least that’s my typical experience.

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful.

See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Corral your craft supplies

An old metal toolbox is the perfect size for a craft caddy. It’s easy to move from room to room, which I tend to do when crafting. And this way I can keep all of the supplies for the project I’m currently working in one spot.

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Choose a toolbox with patina

Sure, you could buy a plastic caddy from a dollar store, but where’s the fun in that? When it comes to the items in your home, it’s not always about simply being useful; It’s about being enjoyable, too.

And, if I’m going to have my craft caddy sitting around the house, then I want it to blend in with my décor—and not be an eyesore. This old rickety toolbox is just the look I like. Some people might only see the rust, but I like the worn patina. It has character.

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Use mini buckets to hold pens

Even your organizer needs organizers. Instead of tossing your pens, highlighters and markers straight into the caddy, keep them separate with a small mini bucket. (This one’s from IKEA.) You could also use a mug, cup or tin.

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Keep small supplies in one spot with your craft caddy

Spend more time actually completing your craft projects and less time searching for that missing pair of scissors for the fifth time. This toolbox turned craft caddy works perfectly to assemble all your small supplies in one location. You know, all those little items that get lost easily, like pens, tape, scissors and glue. Stick them in your caddy and you’re good to go. (The hard part is remembering to put them back after each use.)

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Get organized and put your craft supplies right at your fingertips with your own craft caddy. If you don’t have an old metal toolbox, use a vintage tin, wood box or small crate.

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Top 7 Tips to Get Organized After the Holidays

Top 7 Tips to Get Organized After the Holidays |

Post-holiday cleaning is the new spring cleaning.

You’re already taking down holiday decorations, rearranging your kitchen or closet to make room for new items, and cleaning up after guests leave. What better time to organize your home?

These seven post-holiday home organization tips cover areas most of us struggle with after the holiday craziness.

So, shake off that cookie and pie coma and get organizing. I’ve done every one of these tips, so I know that the struggle is real. Taking down my holiday decorations took me four hours. Four hours. But I promise that the spacious and streamlined home you’ll have afterwards is worth it.

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1. Take down your holiday décor
Time to undecorate! The rule of thumb is to keep your holiday décor up until the first of the year, but mine has already been down for days.

It’s so refreshing to put away all of your holiday decorations and take down your Christmas tree. You get your space back and a chance to start fresh. I feel like I have so much more room to breathe now that all of the stockings, trees and knickknacks have vanished.

Just don’t be tempted to shove all of your decorations all willy nilly. If you take the time to organize your ornaments and put decorations away neatly, you’ll thank yourself next year.

2. Make room for your gifts
Resist the urge to stuff all of those gifts you received into drawers, closets or onto shelves. Take some time to go through your possessions and purge what you don’t need. You’ll make more room for your new items and won’t add unnecessary clutter.

Right now I’m really into an organization method coined by Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. Her theory says to discard anything and everything that doesn’t “spark joy.”

It might sound strange to think about socks sparking joy, for example. But I know you have favorite socks. Do you always reach for the fuzzy pairs that you love? Then, why are you keeping those itchy, grey ones banished to the back of the drawer? Get rid of them and move on.

3. Repurpose holiday cards
Are those holiday cards you received muddling your refrigerator door? Maybe they’re stacked in a messy pile on the kitchen table?

If you’re like me, you can’t cope with the guilt of throwing them away. So, you procrastinate deciding what to do with them and they sit in a pile on the coffee table well into February.

Stop that! Last year I finally came up with a solution to the card conundrum by starting a Christmas card scrapbook. Now, I can save my Christmas cards in a meaningful way. They’re not just stored in a box or tossed in a drawer.

You could also save the cards to cut up into gift tags or to decorate presents next year.

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4. Get a planner
One habit from school that I haven’t—and probably won’t ever—cut is keeping a planner.

I like the feel of a physical planner. If you prefer digital, then go for it. To me, there’s just something about writing down dates, planning the year and flipping through the pages of a tangible planner that appeals to me.

Start the New Year off right by getting organized. Transcribe all birthdays, anniversaries and other dates you want to remember into your new planner. Don’t get lazy halfway through. Jot down everything you can now.

You’ll feel more prepped and organized for the coming year.

5. Recycle magazines
It’s so so so hard for me to get rid of the holiday issues of my favorite magazines. What if I need the ideas for next year?

But I usually feel worse when the clutter starts to take over. First, they sit in a pile on my coffee table. That bothers me, so I relocate the pile to my desk. After all, I can’t keep them on the coffee table all year, right? Then, the pile on the desk starts to bother me. Why don’t I just get rid of this pile of magazines that’s driving me crazy?

If you want to remember an idea or two, rip out those specific pages and start an idea journal. Paste the pages and some notes into the journal. It’s a much more effective way to organize your ideas.

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6. Don’t procrastinate those to-dos
It’s hard to get your home organized when too many items are in limbo. Write thank you notes, return or exchange unwanted gifts and put away (or use) all of your new gifts right away. Don’t procrastinate.

The longer you wait, the longer you’ll have receipts piled up waiting to return gifts or the longer that jar of homemade cocoa will take up space on the kitchen counter waiting to be used. If you procrastinate too long, you may never get to those tasks at all.

And that’s when unnecessary clutter takes over.

7. Clean out your refrigerator
Maybe you have a fridge filled with random leftovers? Or, maybe you’re afraid to open your fridge after being out of town?

Either way, cleaning out your fridge sets the right tone for getting excited about cooking and eating right in the New Year.

I recently got into organizing my fridge. I added a couple of trays to corral items. Now, all of my drinks sit neatly on one tray. I even requested a butter dish for Christmas, so I could organize my butter. (Exciting, I know.) But it really helped.

If you’re not into going that far, at least give the shelves and drawers a good scrub, and toss out anything expired or that you’re never going to eat.

It’s also nice to organize items into rows with the tallest items in the back. It sounds a bit OCD, but I feel so organized when I open my fridge door and see everything neatly arranged. It sure beats digging through piles of Tupperware to find the soy sauce.

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Start the New Year off feeling organized and stress-free.

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