How to Organize Everything

We asked all of our blogger friends to give us their best tips for staying organized. Here are 27 great clutter-busting ideas (including some of our own!) to help you simplify your life.
  1. 1. Have a place for everything. Whether it's a basket, drawer or file, it's the key to keeping clutter at bay.

    -- Kate Riley of CentsationalGirl.com

    2. I hate searching for camera chargers, phone chargers, etc., so I try to group similar items together. Keeping them all in the same place really helps.

    -- Marianne Strong of HavenandHome.blogspot.com

    3. I discovered a few great apps, like Jaimie Oliver's 20 Minute Meals, that give me access to recipes so I can create grocery lists right on my phone. No more random Post-it lists for me!

    -- Shelly Beauvais of LePetitHappy.blogspot.com

  2. 4. I work from home, so I have my computer and desk in an armoire that I can close up when work time is over. Plus, it hides my ugly printer.

    -- Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day (JordanFerney.blogspot.com)

    5. Keep your closet organized with an efficient shelving system to maximize every inch of your closet space.

    -- Nicole Gibbons of SoHauteStyle.com

    6. Throw away anything you don't need.

    -- Stefanie Schiada of www.BrooklynLimestone.com

    7. Divide the shelves of your media center into zones for books, games, movies and music. And don't forget to designate a spot for remotes.

    8. I stuff pillowcases with their matching sheets to save space.

    -- Katie Ragona of The Design Apprentice (KatieAnneR.blogspot.com)

    9. Invest in jewelry trays to compartmentalize your rings, earrings and necklaces in a drawer.

    -- Erin Hiemstra of Apartment34.blogspot.com

  3. 10. Laundry rooms don't have to be an eyesore. If you don't have cabinets, just hide messy shelves full of detergent and supplies behind bamboo blinds.

    -- Sherry Petersik of YoungHouseLove.com

    11. My three rules to organize by: fabric boxes, wooden wine crates and purging!

    -- Julieann Covino of CreateGirl.blogspot.com

  4. 12. Hang jewelry on the wall in old vintage frames.

    -- Kirsten Grove of SimplyGrove.com

    13. Label, label, label! That way, everyone knows where things go and there's no excuse for leaving a mess.

    -- Traci Zeller of TraciZeller.com/blog

    14. Put plastic bags from the grocery store in an old empty tissue box and keep it under the sink. Then, whenever you need a bag, you can pull it out easily.

  5. 15. Zigzag hooks are a key organizing tool. They keep everything from bags in the closet to towels in the bathroom neat.

    16. I take photographs of my daughter's art work for our photo albums so that we have a memory of it rather than keeping the actual pieces.

    -- Vanessa Francis of DecorHappy.blogspot.com

    17. To cut down on paper clutter, register for paperless billing for everything you can.

    -- Kerry Hale of First-Time-Fancy.blogspot.com

    18. Group towels by color and size, and roll them up for maximum storage in your bathroom or linen closet.

    -- Michelle Jennings Wiebe of InteriorsbyStudioM.com/blog

    19. I swear by those clear plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store!

    -- Michelle Verdugo of DesignEvolutionBlog.com

  6. 20. Get some baskets, with lids.

    -- Jade Timmerman of FlipFlops and PearlsDesign. blogspot.com

    21. Contact lens cases are great for keeping small earrings together when you're traveling.

    22. To save space in your bathroom vanity, hang a tote bag on a hook for bulky things like hair dryers and brushes.

    -- Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien of TheHaystackNeedleOnline.com

    23. Stack books in a vintage drawer.

    -- Brooke Fish of PureandNoble.blogspot.com

    24. I use magazines to keep my tall boots upright in my closet. It also helps them keep their shape.

    -- Carlee Dodson of DeliciouslyOrganized.blogspot.com

    25. Old library file drawers are a cool way to organize makeup. Just label each drawer -- lips, eyes or cheeks.

  7. 26. Coat the inside of drawers and closets with fresh paint -- it's easier to organize in a fresh, clean space.

    -- Chelsea Fuss of Frolic! (Frolic-Blog.com)

    27. Put a small tray near the front door to keep your keys and sunglasses readily accessible.

    -- Jen Ramos of MadebyGirl.com