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57 Home Organization Tips You’ll Wish You Knew All Along

You may think you own your stuff—but it actually owns you. These simple home organization ideas from the pros will help you take back control.

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The dos and don’ts of home organization

Mail on the table. Misplaced car keys. Expired spices in the pantry. Sound familiar? If so, it’s time to get organized. I’ve been a professional organizing expert for more than 20 years, and I know how hard it is for people to get and stay organized—if they don’t know a few simple tips and tricks. And I do mean simple. That’s because when it comes to home organization, two things are always true: The best solutions are always the easiest, and when you see instant results, it’s very motivating.

These solutions will make the biggest difference for the least amount of effort. Read on for the best pantry organization ideas, fridge organization strategies, closet organizing ideas and quick clean-up suggestions for every room. They will help you get ahead of the mess so you feel less overwhelmed and more in charge of your space, which will make you want to stick with them. Trust me: These tiny tips can change everything.

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Invest in a label maker

It’s hard to remember exactly what’s in bins and storage containers, whether they’re in your attic, your closets or even your pantry. Sure, you may have put the stuff in there, but you’ll forget the specifics over time—and your family may not have ever known what was where in the first place! “Consider labeling containers with attractive, easy-to-read labels,” says Olivia Parks, owner of Professional Organizer New Orleans. “This DIY closet organization tip streamlines locating items and ensures every family member can effortlessly contribute to maintaining an organized home.” Plus, a quick glance at it will let you’ll know what’s missing.

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Buy a cookware rack

Do you have a precariously teetering tower of pots and pans stacked in your kitchen cabinets? You can never find anything, and when you do, you run the risk of having everything come crashing down—literally. Thankfully, there’s a better way. I love this Ordora pots-and-pans organizer, which is adjustable, roomy enough to accommodate pots and pans of all sizes, and ensures nothing gets scratched. Bonus: It’s super easy to put together. Time for an upgrade? Here’s the safest cookware for your various cooking needs.

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Contain container lids

Lids for food storage containers have a way of multiplying like gremlins in your kitchen drawers in the messiest of ways—and even though you have a bunch, you can never seem to find a match. Corralling them all into one divided organizer will prevent this problem, says Christina Del Famma, a personal assistant and professional organizer for LifeSquire. Designed specifically for storing lids, these ingenious tools will totally transform your cabinets or deep drawers, keeping lids upright and easily accessible. You seriously won’t know how you ever lived without this product—or this home organization tip.

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Use a move-it bin when organizing

It’s all too easy to get sidetracked from organizing, even when you’re returning an item to its proper spot. After all, once you get there, you might notice more problems in the next room or get distracted by a family member. A “move-it bin” can solve that problem. “If you’re pulling things out while organizing and find an item that does not belong in that room, resist the urge to put it away immediately,” says Sarah Giller Nelson, owner of Less Is More Organizing Services. “Instead, put it in the ‘move elsewhere bin,’ and keep going with your sort. Only when you are done organizing the space should you leave the room to put the collection of items away.” A collapsible laundry basket makes an efficient move-it bin that can fold away when not in use.

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Try a trinket dish

Stop losing your jewelry with this tip from professional organizer Ellen Delap: “Place a small, decorative dish in your kitchen and bathroom for frequently worn jewelry that you take off at home. It keeps your jewelry safe and where you can find it.” For the rest of your favorite baubles, try these jewelry organizers.

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Arrange spices alphabetically

“Alphabetizing spices allows you to quickly find what your recipe calls for and makes putting them away just as fast,” says professional organizer Amy Trager. And there’s another surprising benefit to arranging your spices this way: You can figure out which ones are missing from your cabinet, so you don’t encounter any unwelcome surprises in the middle of making a meal. By the way, spices don’t last forever, so make sure to replace them periodically to maintain their full flavor.

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Stick spring dividers into drawers

“I am obsessed with spring-loaded drawer dividers,” says Nelson, noting this is probably something only a professional organizer would say … though you might be saying it too after you realize how handy they are. Drawer dividers create structure within a large, open space, and they can corral odd-shaped items in the kitchen and throughout the house. “I often use one to create a section in the Tupperware drawer for lids, and I use another to keep grilling utensils that are too long to fit into standard drawer organizers neat and tidy. It is remarkable how one vertical line creates a sense of order that is very satisfying.”

Nelson’s trick for creating a custom, built-in look? “Buy them in the same color as the finish on the inside of your drawers.” Here are more kitchen storage ideas to free up space and organize what you have.

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Style your to-be-read pile

We all get tons of catalogs and magazines, and it’s all too easy to leave them right on your kitchen counter. After all, you’re going to look at them soon, right? That thought is exactly how clutter starts. Delap suggests relocating this to-be-read pile from your kitchen counter to a stylish rack. Put everything in a narrow rack right where you do the rest of your reading. When it gets full, it’s time to purge. If you’re getting too much junk mail, here’s how you can stop it—for good.

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Keep socks matched

A zippered mesh laundry bag is the answer to preventing mysteriously disappearing socks, according to Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services. “Use a clothespin to clip a zippered mesh laundry bag to each person’s laundry hamper,” she advises, noting that the socks should go there instead of the main hamper. “When you’re ready to do a load of laundry, throw the bag in the wash, then transfer it to the dryer. You won’t ever have to sort socks or look for missing ones, because they stay together through the laundry cycle.”

Another pro tip: Choose a bag with anti-rust zippers and a zipper lock to prevent the bag from opening in the wash. While we’re on the topic, check out our comprehensive guide to doing laundry the right way.

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Use a folding template

Wish you could have perfectly folded piles of clothes like they do in stores? You can with this home organization tip from professional organizer Denise Clifford, author of The Decluttered Effect. “When folding my laundry, I usually keep out one item as a guide,” she says. “This way, I’m making sure that all of my sweaters, for example, are being folded the same size and will fit nicely into my drawer or on my shelf without my having to refold anything.” You can also use a FlipFold to ensure the same fold every time.

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Add an organizer to your trunk

Your car is your home away from home, and as such, it can get just as messy—especially when you’re toting a lot of stuff (and people!). Ashley La Fond, founder of the home organization company Of Space + Mind, has a car hack that will stop problems before they start: “Keep your car tidy with a trunk organizer for tote bags, kids toys and groceries.” A sturdy, collapsible organizer with compartments can be folded flat when not in use … though chances are, it will always be filled.

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Downsize mementos by taking a photo

Keepsakes and treasures are lovely … until you start drowning in the clutter of the past. “If you’re keeping something purely for sentimental reasons, take a picture and then give the item away or throw it out,” suggests Sarah Krivel, owner of Kleriti Business Solutions. “After all, it’s usually the memory you cherish, not the actual item.” Create a slideshow of all your favorite mementos with a Wi-Fi-enabled digital photo frame. You’ll get to take a walk down memory lane every time those memories pop up! This also makes a great gift idea for nearly any occasion.

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File receipts right away

Receipts are a headache. You cram them in your wallet, then forget about them. Or you put them all in a folder … only to be faced with a disorganized mess when you need to return an item or sort out expenses during tax season. Instead, “get a monthly divided sorter to keep receipts in for a year,” says Mary Jo Contello of Organized by MJ. “Then you always know where they are when needed for a return.” Look for an expandable accordion folder with slots for each category so you can put your receipts in the correct spot right away.

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Color-code storage boxes

Color coding is key to keeping seasonal decorations organized, according to Lee Silber, author of Organizing from the Right Side of the Brain. The key? Match holidays with the colors they’re associated with so you know exactly what’s inside each storage container. So, Halloween decorations should go in orange tubs, Hanukkah decor in blue bins, Christmas items in red ones and so on. “You don’t even need to be able to read a label to recognize what’s in there,” says Silber.

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Designate a drop zone

“The last thing anyone wants to see when they come home after a long day is clutter piled near the front door,” says Dawn Falcone of The Chaos Liberator. “Creating an entryway drop station will keep things off the floors because shoes, backpacks and other belongings will now have a dedicated storage space.” Your best bet will be a decorative multitasking structure that has a storage bench, shoe cabinet, shelves and hooks for coats, backpacks and even keys. Trust us—it’s a total game-changer!

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Hang a wall-mounted jewelry organizer

It’s an unfortunate truth: If you don’t see it, you’ll often forget about it—no matter how much you loved it when you bought it. That’s doubly true when it comes to jewelry. But a wall-mounted jewelry organizer can change all that. “Store pieces where you will see them so you will use them,” suggests Delap. Find one with designated spots for necklaces, bracelets and even a basket for rings. Bonus: Depending on what you choose, it can be organization and decor all in one!

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Delete digital clutter

“Digital clutter can be just as burdensome as physical clutter,” says Maura Thomas, author of Personal Productivity Secrets. A quick glance at your crowded, unorganized inbox or the tens of thousands of photos on your phone will corroborate that statement! To cut down on this, Thomas suggests a multi-tiered effort. “Set up a secondary email account for things like newsletters and promotional mail,” she says. “Also, take five minutes every so often to clear out your pictures, text messages, music and other electronic files on a regular basis.” Finally, free up storage space (on Android or iPhone) by sending backups of your photos to the Cloud or downloading them to a smartphone storage saver.

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Add fridge bins

It may seem like a little thing, but all those little moments you spend searching for ingredients to make a regular snack or meal will add up. Fridge bins, however, can save you a ton of time and energy. “Instead of grabbing each item off a different shelf, place them together,” says Emily Rosenthal, president of Masters of the Day and an expert in organization and leadership. “For example, if you are making a smoothie, put all the ingredients in one designated area—ideally, a single container you simply grab from the fridge.” Choose clear, easy-to-wash plastic bins with helper handles, so when you’re ready to whip up your go-to, all you have to do is pull out the bin and start prepping.

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Access deep shelves

Deep cabinets seem great—oh, the storage!—until you realize that your things tend to get lost behind one another. My solution? The YouCopia Roll-Out Under-Sink Organizer. Because it doesn’t require a bracket, there is no installation, making it ideal for homeowners who don’t want to drag out the tool chest or renters who don’t want to put holes in the cabinets. Plus, it has plenty of room, as well as dividers to keep your items organized. Roll one under the sink, in a cabinet or even in the refrigerator to totally transform those spaces.

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Ditch the dressers

Do you really need a dresser? According to Stacy Erickson Edwards, a professional organizer with Home Key Organization, the answer is … nope! “Swap traditional dressers for wooden cube organizers with bins,” she suggests. “This way, clothes don’t always have to be perfectly folded to close a drawer. Bonus: It will be easier for kids (and adults) to put clothes away.”

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Scoop up stuffed animals

If the room is overrun with cute toys, it looks anything but cute. But a hammock can change that in a flash. You can use a proper patterned one to go with your decor, or you can hang a mesh net in a corner of a room a few feet down from the ceiling, says Roth. For the latter, you might not even need tools for installation if you use sticky hooks. Once your hammock is hung, use it as a guide to gauge how many things are in the room. “Once it’s full, stop buying stuffed animals,” says Roth. That part may be easier said than done, of course! Now that the stuffies are off the floor, find out how to organize your kid’s closet.

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Roll away arts-and-crafts supplies

Stop stuffing arts-and-crafts supplies in drawers, where they can get lost and damaged. Instead, Delap suggests containing them on a rolling cart. “A cart makes it easy to see your inventory,” she explains. “Plus, you can wheel it over to the work area, then roll it away.” You can choose a pretty one in a color that coordinates with the room it will mostly live in, whether that’s silver, white, navy or even pink.

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Add extra recycling bins

Stay on top of mail by taking care of unwanted papers right away rather than letting them pile up. Krivel suggests putting recycling bins where they’ll be used—like the entryway, kitchen and office. Don’t worry: You don’t have to go with the industrial-looking blue ones. You can opt for a slim, sleek container or even a vintage-looking basket. No one has to know it’s a recycling bin except you!

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Hang over-the-door storage

“If space is limited, tap into your vertical space,” advises Urban, who likes to hang clear shoe organizers over her doors. Why? Because they let you quickly see what you have and locate exactly what you need without searching all the compartments. And get creative: That shoe organizer can be used for a lot more than just shoes. You can also use it to store office or crafting supplies, pantry items, beauty items, toys, video game controllers, accessories and pretty much anything else that will fit in them. In fact, they’re so helpful, you may want one in every room!

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Carve out clutter-free space

Remember desk blotters? They may have gone out of fashion for their original purpose, but clutter coach Claire Tompkins suggests using one to mark off untouchable space on your desk. That way, even if you are still piling too much stuff on your work surface, you’ll at least have a piece of prime real estate where you can sit and work. Opt for a bright color to work as a visual cue that you’re not allowed to put anything on that particular spot.

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Add under-sink storage

To make the most of the storage space under the bathroom sink, try adding clear bins with drawers. They add tons of space and create an easy-to-follow system. “Covered clear drawers are great for under-counter bathroom storage because you can easily see what’s inside while keeping things contained,” says Truesdale. “They are also stackable and slender, so you can usually build a system around any pipe layouts that might be difficult to put larger bins around.”

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Corral clothes hangers

If not every hanger in your closet has an item of clothing hanging from it, it’s got to go (at least temporarily). This little tip will go a long way toward streamlining your closet. “Store empty clothes hangers on a hanger organizer to use your hanging space only for clothes” suggests Delap, who says, “hanger organizers keep your space tidy, and the hangers are easy to find when needed.” Plus, when mixed in with clothing, empty hangers make the closet look messy, and they can catch on and damage clothes. Choose an organizer with easy carry handles to tote empty hangers to the laundry room, where you can hang clothes before they wrinkle.

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Display garage items

You’ll finally have space to park your car in the garage if you install Rubbermaid FastTracks. “They are my favorite way to get garage stuff out of the way and on display,” says Amy Bloomer, who has a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University. All you have to do is attach the tracks to the wall, then add hooks, baskets and bins to store bikes, tools, car-care items, garden supplies, lawn chairs and pretty much anything else. While you’re tidying up, though, toss out these items in your garage.

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Clear the car

Here’s my tip for keeping your car tidy: Get in the habit of removing everything from the car that belongs elsewhere after each trip. Yep, every single one. That includes gym bags, work stuff, random papers, water bottles and, of course, trash. And speaking of trash, collect it in a waterproof bag or trash bin specially made for your car. Hang it on the back of a headrest, where it’s easy for everyone to reach—and easy to dump every time you fuel up the car.

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Organize grocery bags

“Wrangle the avalanche of plastic grocery bags—the ones you currently store under the kitchen sink—into an organizer,” advises Nelson. When compressed, those bags will take up just a fraction of the space. No more plastic bags in your town? Do the same with your reusable bags. A sturdy, over-the-cabinet organizer will make use of the wasted back-of-the-door space and be the perfect place to tuck the bags until you need them.

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Take action with a file box

Turn those piles of paperwork on your kitchen counter or desk into a functional to-do list by organizing them in a small desktop file box. “These boxes can be maintained with a small number of hanging folders responding to the action required,” says Truesdale. “For example, bills to pay, things to read, things to respond to, coupons/gift cards to use and things to return.” Make sure to label sections with action verbs so you’re motivated to do the things you need to do. That visual cue will make all the difference.

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Swap out bulky hangers

A simple hanger swap can make a big difference in your closet. “Did you know that 3 inches of plastic hangers equals roughly 1 inch of velvet hangers?” asks Urban. “So upgrading to velvet is a no-brainer if you need more room. Plus, the velvet will give your space a more luxe look and feel, and you’ll prevent your clothes from slipping off the hanger and getting lost at the bottom of your closet.” Translation: With these space-saving hangers, you’ll instantly have a more uniform and polished space for a minimal investment.

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Stash the small stuff in bags within your handbag

Does your handbag feel like a black hole where you put things and somehow never find them again? You can avoid this problem, says Delap, by using mini mesh zip bags to store all the little things. Designate separate bags for medicines, receipts, makeup and charging cords, using different colors for different categories. Bonus: They may be mini, but these bags can hold a surprising amount of stuff!

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Wrap up the gift wrap

Gift wrap is awkwardly shaped and tricky to store, and it can be all too easy to lose tape, ribbons and bows—unless you have a special gift-wrap organizer, that is. Professional organizer Lisa Cantu, owner of An Organized Home OC, loves this hanging organizer by ProPik. “The clear pockets are great for holding cards, ribbon, tape, gift wrap and more,” she says. “And it’s thin enough to fit in any closet while taking up minimal space.” You’ll never lose the tape again!

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Keep a to-do bag right by the front door

Did you forget the dry-cleaning again? Or that item you meant to return? A to-do bag stationed right near your door (where you can’t miss it) can be stashed with stuff, then transported right to your car, says Rosenthal. Clip a note to the bag for items that need to stay refrigerated until you are ready to leave, and to keep your hands free, choose one with a comfy shoulder strap.

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Dedicate a memory bin for each family member

We all have those things we can’t part with—and, quite honestly, shouldn’t. That said, we can certainly organize them! Get a bin for each family member and use it to collect sentimental items. “When you come across a keepsake, just add it to that person’s bin,” says Elsa Elbert, founder and CEO of Composed Living, a Los Angeles–based professional organizing company. “When the bin is full, you know it’s time to review the items and declutter if necessary.” You can also choose proper storage for more delicate items. Creating a home for these items gets them out of your day-to-day space while keeping them safely stored out of sight.

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Use a shoe rack

The floor of the closet is not the ideal spot for shoes. You can’t see what you have, and it’s all too easy to toss them in there when you’re trying to clean up in a hurry. Instead, try a tiered shoe rack, so you can see and easily reach your shoes. I also like to align shoes toe to heel, so you can fit more shoes on each shelf. Choose racks that are sturdy and easy to wipe clean, and place a welcome mat under the rack to catch any falling debris.

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Don’t lose items left in pockets

Why can’t family members empty their pockets before throwing their clothes in the hamper? It may be the eternal mystery of life, but at least now you’ll have an easy place to put all that random stuff. “Keep a clear jar in your laundry room for holding items found in pockets like coins, receipts or lipstick instead of leaving them loose on top of your washer, where they can get lost,” says Nina Ward, professional organizer, designer and regional director at ShelfGenie. Opt for a clear plastic jar so you can see what’s in there and when it’s getting full—and because it won’t shatter if it drops.

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Tie up charging cords

All those cables and cords—yes, you need them, but they’re so unpleasant to look at! To get rid of this type of visual clutter, Urban suggests using a cable management box to hide power strips, adaptors, chargers and cords. “Many cable-organizing products on the market have a beautiful aesthetic and are still very functional,” she says. “They’ll keep your cords bundled together so they’re not a free-floating, tangled mess.”

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Time yourself when organizing

To avoid getting overwhelmed with home organization, especially when you’re just starting out, try setting a timer for 30 minutes, suggests professional organizer Felice Cohen, author of 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (or More). When the buzzer goes off, you can stop. Seeing progress is motivating, and you’ll probably surprise yourself with how much you get done in a short period of time. You also won’t mind doing it again, since it doesn’t derail your day. This is also one of our favorite expert-recommended ways to create good habits you’ll stick with.

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Stow the sports equipment

Between the balls, bats, racquets, clubs and helmets, the garage can get messy—fast. I suggest getting a heavy-duty sports rack to keep gear organized and garage floors clear. With two wire-grid bins, a ball basket and upper organizer, this one from the Container Store will ensure that everything has a spot … and that everyone knows where their items go when they get back from practice and games.

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Keep a “going up” basket by the stairs

You know all those items from your second floor that get scattered throughout your house and left there seemingly forever? Clifford keeps an empty basket at the bottom of the stairs to corral those random things. At the end of the day, right before bedtime, she takes the basket upstairs with her and puts everything away in its proper spot. That makes for a much better day tomorrow—and every day afterward!

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Light up your life

Unless you carry a flashlight with you, seeing what is stored in the back of a deep shelf, under the sink or on the floor of a closet can be difficult. Well, battery-operated, motion-activated, bright LED lighting will be your savior. No need to hire an electrician either: These super-bright lights stick on most surfaces. And the real benefit? When you can see your space, you can keep it tidy, making finding what you’re looking for a whole lot easier. Here are some other closet lighting ideas for every type of closet.

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Display your family’s to-do lists

Get your family in (organizational) shape by creating a family command center using self-adhesive white-boards decals. They’re just like dry-erase boards, only better, because they don’t require nails and, therefore, won’t damage your walls. Stick one to the inside of your kitchen cabinet or in the mud room, where you can’t lose it and everyone will see it. Truesdale says it’s great for keeping track of schedules, meal planning and even your organizing and cleaning to-do lists.

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Hang the cleaning tools

Don’t forget: Your cleaning tools can also get messy! I like to keep them tidy and ready to grab in a wall-mounted organizer. This IMillet organizer has five spring-loaded grabbers to keep brooms and mops upright and hanging by their handles. I also hang my dust pan and cleaning towels from the hooks.

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Decant pet food

No more torn-open bags messing up your pantry! Instead, pour pet food into a rolling container for the ultimate in home organization. The scoop makes it easy to dish out, and your pantry will stay organized. Large bins can hold up to 50 pounds of dog food. Just remember to look for something with an airtight snap latch to keep out moisture, humidity and pests.

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Add a shelf

Need more shelf space for shoes, jeans or folded sweaters? Skip the contractor, and go with shelf extensions instead, says Cantu. And these closet organizers aren’t just for clothes. You can slide a telescoping shelf wherever you need more storage space, like in the pantry for cereal, in the hall closet for board games, over the toilet for towels or above the washing machine for supplies. These shelves are so versatile, you’ll find ingenious uses for them all over your home.

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Hang pegboards

Go back to the basics with this handy home organization trick. “Hang a pegboard above your desk or command center to keep smaller items from getting cluttered,” suggests Urban. “With the pegboard, you can incorporate trays and containers for storing markers, pens, scissors and elastic cords for paper items like photos, cards, artwork and school papers.” Plus, a pegboard will keep your desk essentials close at hand while giving you more surface area to work on.

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Utilize unused space under the bed

Make use of the wasted storage space under your bed—and prioritize the things you need. Store out-of-season items in shallow containers, and slide them under. Voila! You’re done. But one note: Think beyond just swapping out clothing. Rotate all your seasonal items, including shoes, accessories, bed linens, decor, throw pillows and blankets, so they’re out of the way and in great shape when you need them.

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Set up bye-bye bins

Warning: “It isn’t enough to pull out all the stuff you don’t need,” says professional organizer Evan Zislis, author of ClutterFree Revolution. “You need to purge it from your home by trashing it, recycling it, thrifting it or consigning it.” Set up bins lined with heavy-duty bags for items you are donating, consigning or sharing through a local Buy Nothing group. Those bags are key, because when the bin is full, you simply take it out and remove it from your home.

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Plug in a charging dock

Whether you live solo or with a large family, charging devices can seem to take over your house (especially in the latter situation). That’s why it’s a smart idea to find one place to plug in and charge all small electronics like cell phones, laptops, iPads and earbuds. You’ll just need a multi-port, high-speed charging station to power up your entire household. And here’s a bonus pro tip from Falcone: “If your charging center can be placed in your entryway, this will prevent you from leaving the house without one of your gadgets.”

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Designate an “eat me first” section in the fridge

We know—you have the best intentions when you stock up on food at the grocery store or pack up those leftovers. But they can get forgotten in the craziness of the week and buried in the fridge, and by the time you look at them again, they’re past their prime. One simple trick will prevent this, says Lauren Hayes of Star Domestic Cleaner: Buy a clear container with a well-fitting lid so you can see what’s inside, and always store it in the same spot in the fridge. You’ll basically be training yourself to go to this spot first. In the end, you’ll save time and money, not to mention reduce food waste.

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Make filing fun

“For long-term results, make filing fun and pretty,” says Zislis. “This will give you the inspiration you’ll need to maintain your newly organized systems.” No drab legal folders here—try these floral options or any others that are more your style.

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Divide shelves

Roth uses shelf dividers to separate one shelf into multiple, more functional, compartments. They’re also great at “preventing tall piles from tipping over, as well as propping up things, like handbags.” Designed for wooden shelves, these clear, thin dividers from the Container Store simplify this concept—there’s no need for screws or even adhesive.

Clothes Storage Periea S 3 Collapsible Small
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Store seasonal clothing in a way that allows you to see it

Getting off-season items out of your closet feels great—until you have to go searching for something you need. Think: vacations, transition seasons and even pulling out everything again next year. That’s why I always use these Periea storage boxes with zip-down window panels. I can see what’s inside and retrieve things without un-stacking them. In addition to being perfect for clothing storage, they’re also great for guest linens and seasonal throws. A total bonus is the fact that the steel frame folds, so the box collapses and can be stored flat when not in use.

Espresso Coffee Maker and Accessories on Pegboard
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Set up a coffee bar

For a quick kitchen reorg and a little bit of morning magic, create an at-home coffee bar. Take coffee pods and tea bags out of their boxes, and store them in stackable bins so they not only look neater but are also a whole lot easier to access. This mDesign two-pack organizer designates one container for tea bags, with its four sections; the other has space for 48 coffee pods. It also comes with 32 preprinted labels, so you’ll be able to easily identify your favorites.

Kitchen Counter Top With Lazy Susan Of Glass Coffee Mugs
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Add a turntable

Lazy Susans aren’t just for the kitchen. Also, they aren’t lazy at all—they’re total home organization workhorses that you can use in nearly any space, including the bathroom. “This is the ideal way to keep bathroom products together for easy access every morning while your countertop stays organized,” says Delap. You can also try this in your home office and even in your den for your collection of remote controls.

Now that you’re fully organized, keep your home in tip-top shape with these cleaning tips for every room.

Additional reporting by Charlotte Hilton Andersen.

Jamie Novak
Jamie Novak is a cleaning and organizing expert with more than 20 years of experience. When she's not on deadline, you can find her searching for the mango slicer that mysteriously disappeared from her kitchen utensil drawer. The author of "Keep This, Toss That: The Practical Guide to Tidying Up," she covers cleaning and organizing for RD.com.