20 Easy Decluttering Tips, According To TOP Organizing Experts

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Here’s how to do a quick pick up in your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office, and more with simple techniques that work.

No matter how neat and tidy you naturally are, it’s all too easy for clutter to pile up in your home. There’s mail, books, school supplies, tax forms, and so many other odds and ends — plus, the items you use all the time that never seem to get put away. Fortunately, there are simple ways to stop clutter in its tracks.

If you’re not sure where to start, follow these expert decluttering tips to help you take control of your home. From organizing tips that will help you maximize your space to design hacks that will make everything look more streamlined, these decluttering techniques will change the way you live. And if you really want to overhaul your home, don’t miss my best cleaning tips of all time.

Declutter Your Kitchen

Messes materialize fast in the heart of your home. Keep it clean and tidy (until your kids roll through) with some pro advice.

 

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When it comes to the kitchen, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Make the most of your cabinet space — no matter how small — with a quick DIY project. “Mount a rack on the back of a cabinet or pantry door, or try a roll-out rack in a lower cupboard to amp up cabinet space,” recommends organizing expert Alejandra Costello.

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Use Up Wall Space

“Bulky pots and pans can quickly gobble up valuable cabinet space,” says Alison Victoria, host of HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers. “Be like Julia Child and put them on display — just hang them from S-hooks on a pegboard or from a suspended pot rack.” Now, go and be like Julia Child!

 

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Declutter Your Bathroom

At this point, your bathroom practically has as many products as a Target beauty aisle. There are the scattered cotton pads, expired mascara tubes, an assortment of toilet bowl cleaners, just to name a few. That ends now.

Toss Expired Products

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When was the last time you checked the expiration date on a bottle of sunscreen? Exactly. “Take 20 minutes every three months to pull everything out of your bathroom cabinets and check expiration dates. Throw out all expired products and items that you just don’t like,” says Susan Santoro, owner of Organized 31.

Keep Towels on Hand
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If you’re short on closet space, then bring your everyday linens right into the bathroom. Stuff decorative wicker baskets with bath towels for a practical yet stylish accent.

 

Amp Up Under-the-Sink Storage
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Instead of filling up your precious vanity space, take advantage of the space below the sink with labeled baskets, bins, or stackable plastic drawers. Decide what’s worth keeping by following HGTV and DIY Network’s Matt Muenster’s trick: “Tuck everything away out of sight and watch what builds up over the next two to three days. Those items are worth keeping in an easy-to-reach spot. Everything else should be packed away.”

Declutter Your Bedroom

Your bedroom should be your place of zen. After following these genius tips, it can be. *Breathes a sigh of relief.*

 

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Hide a Hamper

Place a basket underneath an open bedside table to create an undercover drop spot for laundry or throw pillows.

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Think Below the Bed

If you’re tight on closet space, under-the-bed storage works wonders. Store any out of season clothes or accessories in space-saving vacuum storage bags or foldable fabric storage. Before storing any apparel, toss any that has rips, stains, or pulls.

 

Declutter Your Office

A cluttered desk and a cluttered mind go hand in hand. Make your office space productive again by listening to the experts.

 

Follow the Rule of Three

Open shelves are great in theory — until you fill ’em with knick-knacks, and straight-up clutter. “Restrict non-book items to a maximum of three per shelf,” says Melissa Picheny, founder of declutter+design. “Their sizes and shapes can vary, but relate the pieces by color or theme — say, ceramic vases in shades of cream.”

 

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Leave Room to Grow

If you fill your bookshelf to the brim, then you won’t have any room to continue growing your collection. Good point, huh? “The goal is to leave at least 10% of each shelf bare and book-free,” explains Justin Klonsky, author of Organize & Create Discipline. “Before filling bookshelves, do a side-by-side comparison, ask yourself: If I could keep only one of these two volumes, which would it be?” (Remember, you can store everything else on an e-reader.)

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Detangle Cords and Cables

Between chargers, lamp cords, and laptop wires, your desk can quickly become a maze. Secure wires in a cable box, which keeps things tidy, or install a shelf with cable “ports.” You can also use decorative washi tape to label cords for easier use.

 

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Declutter Your Living Room

You live here — and it sure looks like it. Give your living space a warm, cozy, and functional feel with these decluttering tips.

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Clear the Coffee Table

Coffee tables are the focal point of most living rooms. As tempting as it may be to cover it with books, candles, and flowers, prop stylist Stephanie Hanes recommends you keep it as clear as possible. “To give the illusion that a room is a clutter-free, the top of the coffee table should be 75% clear. Styles with drawers or shelves below the surface will get you there fast,” she says.

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Create Good Flow

“It’s not as much about where you put your furniture as it is about the types of pieces you choose. In each room I design, I try
to include at least one round piece, such as a coffee table, that people can walk around without bumping their knees,” says interior designer Katie Rosenfeld. She also recommends filling the space with versatile pieces like an ottoman, which can be used to sit or to hold a drink.

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Make It Guest-Friendly

“Corral smaller items — vases, candles, and decorative accents — on a handled tray that’s easy to relocate when company’s coming,” says KlonskyThat way you can quickly sweep away excess clutter in a snap before they arrive — because we’re clearly more inclined to clean our house for guests rather than ourselves.

 

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Pair Pillows by Color

Whatever you do, don’t go overboard on the throw pillows. “Stick to a trio in complementary colors and patterns — always have at least one solid — for most sofas,” says Picheny. A massive couch, however, can handle five pillows — two solids, three patterned.

 

 

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Top 40 Tips On Organizing Your Home

10 Best Organizing Tips To Help You

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We all want that “perfect” house that is organized, every day.  Right? I know I do.  I like my house to look “Pinterest ready” every day and I do not like to have anything out of place, it brings me down.  I like everything to be fresh, organized, and beautiful.  This is a serious task for every day for most of us!  I work all day, and I don’t feel like doing it after work, right?  Well, that’s where my nightly planner comes in and I must say, that’s the only way I keep a tidy home.  Once in the morning before I start work and once in the evening before bed, I clean up everything.  This morning I was able to get my kitchen done, some laundry, and the bathroom in the hallway.  I’ve compiled 10 of the best organizing tips for you all to go through!  Tonight I’ll redo my kitchen after dinner, fold up the basket I have, and vacuum my living room!

  1. Create a Command Station

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I have a command station right on my kitchen wall and it works.  It makes you aware of what you’re doing that day and things like that. The kitchen command center should be where all of your paperwork arrives – bills and other mail, school papers, medical papers, etc. Think of what type of papers you tend to collect and receive, and create a file folder for them.

2. Add a Towel Rack to the Linen Closet

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They’re not just for bathrooms. An over-the-door hanger creates out-of-sight storage space for extra tablecloths, throws, or towels.

3. Practice File Folding
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Folding towels (or even t-shirts!) upright allows you to see everything you own in a single glance. Color code from light to dark for added organization.

 

4. Make Car Seating Work Harder
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Plastic shower pockets hold everything a mom could possibly need on a road trip (or, heck, a supermarket run) with kids or even yourself.  As a person that LOVES hiking in remote places, this would is amazing.  You can take a bunch of things and always have those things in place for when you want to go.

 

5. Hang a Hair Station
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Affix small bins with adhesive strips on cabinet doors to create a home for hot tools, brushes, and hair ties. A magnetic strip keeps bobby pins, nail clippers, and tweezers from getting lost.

 

6. Corral Underwear
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Storing undies in cute compartments helps you instantly see every pair you own.

 

7. Use Cabinet Sides for Storage
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Get wet sponges and scrubbers off your countertop by placing them in desk organizers hung on the side of nearby cabinets (an ever-underutilized space).

 

8. Block Clutter With Something Pretty

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Since it’s often too easy to just throw things anywhere, flip the script and make it harder to cause a pile-up. “Place a plant, a figurine, or a framed photo on your side tables, or add a table runner or centerpiece to a dining room table,” says professional organizer Maeve Richmond.

 

9. Organize Makeup With Magnets
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Glue magnets to your favorite palettes and stick them up on a magnetic board, like Margaret did at Janicki Photography. This way, your countertop remains clear, but your makeup is still within easy reach.  I really like this idea!

 

10. Take Back Dead Space
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A traditional ironing board eats up a valuable room with its X-like frame (and who actually folds it up after every use?). This clever IKEA hack turns the top of a long table into an ironing space and offers spots for baskets underneath.

 

 

Do you have some useful tips?  Share them with me!

Night Cleaning with a FREE planner!

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This 20 – 25 -minute cleaning routine has changed my life. I no longer have to spend hours cleaning on the weekends, and I get to wake up to a clean and tidy home each and every morning. (Which keeps me grounded.)

If this seems overwhelming to you, I get it. Starting a new habit is all about baby steps, so just do ONE thing from this list each day until it becomes an easy habit, then add another. Before you know it, this entire checklist will be a habit that you don’t even think twice about!

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So, click HERE to download your FREE copy of my Night Time Cleaning Checklist and give it a try for yourself!

The most important part of implementing any new habit or routine is your state of mind. Remind yourself that you are doing this for YOURSELF. This is about your happiness and your peace of mind. You are not cleaning up after people, you are cleaning for you and only for you. You deserve to wake up to a clean and tidy house.

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Five Ways To Stay Organized When Life Seems To Be Out Of Control

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Some people seem to be more naturally organized than others. My mother was the queen of organization. Her motto was always, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” If we dared walk away from a piece of paper for more than five minutes, it disappeared. She was notorious for putting everything in drawers. She just wanted them out of sight!

If being organized doesn’t come naturally for you, don’t lose hope. You can take control of your workday and your environment if you wish to. It’s just a matter of creating a system. Being organized is about behavior and how you take control of your surroundings — or don’t.

Find below some tips for getting (and staying) organized when the going gets tough.

1. Plan ahead. 

Remember the Girl Scout motto? Be prepared.

Being prepared is the key to everything. It doesn’t happen by accident, though. Being prepared requires thinking ahead and anticipating obstacles.

Back to my mom. When we were growing up, she insisted that we put our clothes, shoes, socks, the works, out the night before. She was always caught up on the laundry, so we never had to scramble for something clean. She was an extraordinary planner. She left little to chance. She tried to anticipate every contingency. All that planning kept the potential for any kind of drama at bay.

Plan as much as you can for the next day before you go to bed the night before. That includes putting out your clothes and your kids’ clothes. Put work and school bags near the door. Check your to-do list and, if possible, prepare the things you need for breakfast and lunch the night before. Meal planning may sound boring, but it will save you time, stress, and money. Even if you feel tired, you will appreciate the effort the next morning.

You can even plan for the week ahead. Keep a selection of pre-prepared meals in your freezer. Freezer cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. By cooking up meals during the weekend and freezing them, they’ll be available all week.

On Sunday evening, scan the calendar for the week ahead. Knowing in advance what the schedule is will help prepare you. You can’t control unforeseen events that may occur, of course. But you don’t want to be surprised by things that are already on your calendar.

2. Turn off extra technology.

Studies show that you lose focus and productivity if you try to multitask. If you’ve got a long list of things to do, turn off your email and set designated times when you will check it. Do the same with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Avoid TV, and give 100% of your time and attention to the project at hand. You will wind up completing the project more efficiently and faster.

Once you’ve completed everything, you can go back to technology and enjoy your time on the phone or computer without guilt.

3. Prioritize.

Don’t try to be a superhero. Instead, take a look at your to-do list and rank each item. Cross off or move to another day anything that isn’t essential. Check off anything that you’ve already completed. Delegate whatever you can. Only do the things that need to be done, and you’ll feel more in control.

If it’s not essential, ignore it.

4. De-clutter.

Clutter is easy to create. Don’t let it become a problem.

Take a few minutes each day to put things away and throw out the junk. Put the dishes in the dishwasher. Deal with the mail immediately instead of letting it pile up on the counter. Throw out things you aren’t going to use. Clean drawers and closets periodically. Toss, give away, or sell (have a yard sale) items that you haven’t used for a year or more.

Some people find a certain comfort in collecting things. There is a fine line, however, between collecting and hoarding. If you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it.

If you need help, get help. Use online storage tools like Dropbox and Google Drive to keep your computer desktop organized. For paperwork, you don’t want to discard, like receipts, use file folders and keep them in a filing cabinet. Hang on to things you need for your taxes. Mark and organize items in such a way that you will make it easy for yourself to find later. Organize everything for your relatives, too, in case something happens to you and you can’t deal with your own affairs.

5. Get up a little earlier.

While getting up earlier may seem pointless, it can help you get a head start on your day if you use the extra time wisely. Create a morning routine. Practice healthy habits. Exercise, meditate, eat a healthy breakfast. Take a few moments to run through the calendar for the day, so you feel more in control.

By getting up earlier, you can start your day feeling both energized and organized. By completing essential tasks, you make sure that you and your family are ready for the day ahead.

Another thing, before I go, remember to take care of your mental, physical and emotional health. Exercise regularly, eat healthy meals, and practice meditation or mindfulness. This will help you feel more able to cope when things don’t go as planned or when life seems to spiral out of control. And don’t forget to get enough sleep.

No matter how organized and well-planned you are, there will be times when life gets busy. You may start to worry that you can’t get everything done. But following these tips will help you stay in control. Happy organizing!

 

You can download this planner and print it!  

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7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

Often times people tell me that they can’t tidy up every day, they’re too busy, it’s too much, etc.  Marie Kondo has a lot of amazing tips for us to use on a daily basis, she’s helped many people worldwide learn how to tackle their unorganized homes. 

My mother raised us with nearly this exact list.  She is very OCD about keeping things tidy, in order and simply kept up with.  She hates a mess. 

If you don’t have a lot of time, follow these steps every day!  

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Task 1: Make your bed

While making your bed each day might sound like a tedious task, you’ll be surprised at how tidy your room will look with a made bed. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, take the time to make your bed.

 

Task 2: Do a morning tidy

Marie Kondo believes that one of the secrets to a tidy home is tidying first thing in the morning. By doing a quick tidy in the morning, you are starting your day off on the right foot! Choose a trouble spot in your home, and start by tidying this area first thing in the morning.

 

Task 3: Let in some fresh air

Our homes can sometimes feel stuffy, especially in the winter months when we are spending more time indoors. Open up the windows for a few minutes to let in a fresh breeze.

 

Task 4: Put things back where they belong when you’re done using them

As our days go on, we may find ourselves bringing out pots, pans, clothes, and other belongings to use. As soon as you’re done using these items, remember to put them back where they belong.

 

Task 5: Fold your clothes

Marie Kondo believes that the best way to store clothes is by using her folding method. This method takes a little bit of extra time but has a great payoff! If you are doing a load of laundry today, take the time to fold your clothes.

 

Task 6: Make sure everything in your home has a home

If you are finding that items in your home are constantly out of place, this might be because these items don’t really have a home. Take time to find a home for these items. If you find that something you’ve stored doesn’t work well for you, take the time to change it.

 

Task 7: Tidy in the evening

Before you go to bed or prepare for bed each night Marie Kondo suggests making one last tidying effort for the day. This might be as simple as making sure the toys are put away or tidying up your counters from dinner. Take this time to clean up your home so that you can have a fresh start in the morning.

This really does wonders for your mood in the morning to come!  Try it out!  

 

Do you follow any of these?  

31 Ways You Can Reorganize Your Life With Dollar Store Stuff

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1. Hang baskets on the wall to hold towels in the bathroom.

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Try using two different sizes to keep it from looking too boxy. Get the tutorial here.

2. Hide hot tools in a file box on the side of your sink.

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And free up storage space under the sink. Get the tutorial here.

3. Keep your favorite nail polish colors in a spice rack.

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Now, you probably can’t fit all of your colors in there, but use a spice rack to display your seasonal inspiration. Or leave out the colors you want to wear more of.

 

4. Add a second shower rod for extra bathroom storage.

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Hook hangable baskets to the second rod and store all the body washes.

5. Or DIY bottle holders with suction cups and hair ties.

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Suspend bottles to keep them from cluttering the shower ledges. Learn how to make them here.

6. Keep makeup in a binder.

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When you travel, open the binder locks and pull out the bag you need. Organize bags by themes (like everyday makeup, evening makeup, etc.) so you have everything all in one place.

7. Organize medicine by category and store it in clear bins.

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Because you shouldn’t have to go through a sea of bandages before getting to the Pepto. Get the tutorial here.

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Which will cut down on the times you drunkenly use your roommate’s brush.

9. Make a tiered tray for jewelry and perfume.

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You need candlestick holders, metal trays, super glue, and a sponge brush. Get the tutorial here.

10. Store your kid’s small toys in travel soap box holders.

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Keep track of playing cards, crayons, beads, stickers, and more.

11. Place plastic cups inside a muffin tin to make a mobile art caddy.

12. Put baskets on the stairs for kids to place their loose toys.

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Cute and helping you stay clutter-free.

13. Use dollar-store pizza pans for on-the-wall magnetic storage.

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Magnets have found a new home (besides the fridge). Put them in your kid’s room to keep them inspired. Learn how to make them here.

14. Stash bobby pins and barrettes in a craft box.

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Type A pro-tip: Organize them by color.

15. Slide books into a napkin holder.

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Organize a desk space by stacking books vertically in a napkin holder. Get the tutorial here.

16. Use buckets to organize their art supplies.

17. Use a mesh laundry bag to hold toys kids like to play with at the beach.

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That way you’re not scrambling around day-of the outing gathering up toys to take with you. Just grab the bag and go.

18. Keep your car clean by using a cereal container as a trash can.

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Line it with a bag and prevent random trash from flying around.

19. Keep car essentials in a hanging shoe organizer.

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Hang it from the back of the passenger seat and have everything all in one place.

20. Use velcro and office trays to organize your drawers.

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To keep trays from moving around when you open the drawer, stick adhesive Velcro tabs to tray and drawer bottoms so that each container has a sturdy spot. Learn how to make this here.

21. Organize jewelry on accordion hooks.

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So cheap. So easy.

22. Stash hair ties with a carabiner.

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Keep the clip in a bathroom drawer for easy access.

23. Hang the second bar in the closet for your sweaters or your kid’s clothes.

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If you’re hanging folded-over pants or skirts on a high rod (with a lot of space beneath it), hang a second rod to double up on closet space. You can do this for kids’ closets, too. Get the tutorial here.

24. If you need a shelf, hang a few baskets instead.

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If your TV console could use a shelf to store remotes and the like, screw in a few hooks and hang a row of baskets. Get the tutorial here.

25. Use shower curtain rings to hang belts.

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Secure a rod to the inside of your closet wall and keep belts organized. Learn how to make it here.

26. Use shelf dividers to organize bags.

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Keep bags from getting wrinkled up with cheap shelf dividers. Group them by season.

27. Use self-adhesive hooks to hold measuring items in a kitchen cabinet.

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Making cookies just got easier.

28. Keep tea in trays.

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Stash tea bags in a drawer without them clogging up the cabinet.

29. Use storage baskets in your fridge.

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And feel a wave of serenity every time you open the refrigerator door.

30. Baskets are your friend when it comes to the pantry.

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And here is where the god/goddess stores their edibles. Get the tutorial here.

31. Turn magnetic baskets into spice racks.

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Or glue magnets to the backs of any baskets you like.

Which one do you like most?  Do you do any of this?

10 Organization Tips From Marie Kondo That Will Change Your Life in Minutes

Do you really need all that stuff? This advice from the Organizing Queen will help you decide what stays and what goes, fast.

 

Unless you’re living underneath a (very cluttered) rock, you know Marie Kondo is the ultimate organization queen. Her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is jam-packed with tips that will turn your messy room into a neat, minimalist oasis. Read along for 10 genius tips from Kondo that will change your life in minutes.

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1. Keep only what brings you joy

Would you have seconds of that Buffalo shrimp macaroni and cheese if you didn’t love it? Would you continue to watch a bad movie? Um, no. So why should you treat your belongings any different? Marie Kondo’s advice is simple: Keep what brings you joy and get rid of everything else.

 

2. Tackle categories, not rooms

Decluttering your home is a huge undertaking, so it’s important you have a plan before you get down to business. Organizing room by room seems efficient, but Kondo urges you to focus on categories. Think about it this way: You probably have a lot of towels scattered throughout your house. By taking stock of all your bathroom, kitchen and powder room towels at once, you can get rid of any duplicates or towels that have overstayed their welcome.

 

3. Don’t let nostalgia cloud your judgment

A movie ticket stub from your favorite film or a program from your kid’s school play may tug at your heartstrings, but these mementos aren’t doing your space any favors. So why keep them around? We know what you’re thinking: What if yesteryear’s trinkets bring you joy? Find a way to consolidate ’em. Instead of having a box with old birthday cards from Grandma Sue, place them in a scrapbook that can fit on your newly organized bookshelf. Or store your treasured family recipes in these clever ways.

 

4. Respect your belongings

Look at your closet. Are dresses slipping off intertwined hangers? Are expensive shoes scattered all over the floor? It’s OK, you’re not alone. We’re not sure what we think of Marie Kondo personifying clothes—she asks her readers to consider their clothes’ feelings—but we do see the importance of taking care of them. Regardless of how much their clothes cost, nobody wants to face the world in wrinkled, stained or scuffed pieces!

 

5. Learn the art of folding

If you don’t have a dresser, we recommend you get one, stat. According to Kondo, your clothes will be “happier” if you fold them. After you fold your scarves, dresses, and pants, Kondo recommends stacking them vertically in your closet—she claims you can fit 20 to 40 folded piece where you’d normally be able to hang ten.

 

6. Get rid of the paperwork

Speaking of superfluous systems, your filing cabinet needs to go. It’s the digital age, after all! You can find copies of almost every paper in your home office online. As for those important documents—like your birth certificate and recent W2s—Kondo advises whittling down your paperwork into two piles: “Papers to Save” and “Papers to Deal With.”

 

7. Ditch the fancy storage systems

Before you whip out your credit card to buy that fancy spice rack, Kondo recommends detoxing your home first. She argues the only reason we think we need those pricey filing systems is that we have too much stuff. Go ahead, donate what you don’t need. You and your space will feel infinitely better.

 

8. Store everything standing upright

If you’ve spent the majority of your life stacking your socks, bras, and underwear on top of each other, you’re in for a surprise. The organization queen recommends you store items side by side, so they look more like a row of book spines. Why?

“This will allow you to see what’s inside at a glance and take inventory of what you own,” Kondo said told Architectural Digest. “If you store your clothes in a drawer standing upright, you will be able to survey how many articles you own that are the same color. This will prevent you from unknowingly buying more of the same type of clothing.”

 

9. Start from square one

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you want to give your wardrobe a complete overhaul, you’ll need to remove all your clothes from your closet. Sure, it sounds time-consuming, but Kondo argues it’ll be easier to spot duplicates and items that don’t bring you joy. Once you donate the clothes you don’t want, you can replenish your closet with your favorite pieces.

 

10. Dig deep

Saying goodbye is never easy, but there are some items we can’t bring ourselves to discard. Before you start your organizational awakening, Kondo urges you to ask yourself why. She explains most items fall into one of three categories: an attachment to the past, fear of the future or a combination of both. The better you understand why you can’t part ways with those old kitchen gadgets from Grandma, the easier it’ll be to conquer that obstacle and have a brighter (and indisputably cleaner) future.

I think we all need this list from time to time, to help us declutter and organize our lives!

What do you think?