A tidy space is just a few mini projects away.
2. Sort your food containers.
Double-check that there’s a lid for every container, get rid of loners, and stack them by size to clear up room in your cabinets.
3. Hang your coats.
Did the weather recently change? Gather up all the outerwear you haven’t worn lately — and won’t wear again — and hang them out-of-sight in a closet.
4. Rearrange your coffee table.
Tuck rarely-used remotes away in a drawer, bring out your classiest coffee table books, and corral the rest of the clutter in a pretty tray.
5. Declutter your desk.
Put pens back in their holders, recycle unneeded paper, and straighten up messy stacks of books or Post-Its.
6. Create a home for a collection.
Do you have an excess of candles or water bottles or board games just sitting around without a home? Find a place for them to live.
7. Add hooks.
Whether you use them for purses or scarves or for hanging cords, hooks are a huge organizational help. They don’t have to be permanent — try using Command Strips for damage-free hanging.
8. Reduce paper clutter.
Lingering paper can make even the most organized house look messy. Sort or shred and recycle any receipts, old letters, bills, or leftover paper sitting around your home.
9. Develop a clutter collection system.
If you find clutter building up in any particular room, set up a system to help corral the mess. For instance, if you tend to leave out blankets, put out a large basket to throw them in before heading to bed.
10. Corral your jewelry.
Hang it, stick it in a box, or arrange it in a tray: Whatever you choose, just get it out of your way.
11. Create an inbox and an outbox.
A dedicated space for incoming and outgoing mail and bills means you’ll never forget a to-do again.
12. Organize your purse.
No more digging for your keys: Dump out the contents of your purse, throw away any trash, put away any stray items, and reorganize.
13. Sort your closet.
Put like with like: Dresses next to dresses and shirts with shirts. Getting dressed in the morning will be so much less hassle.
14. Throw out old makeup or nail polish.
Did you know beauty products go bad? Sort through your stash and get rid of anything out of date, out of style, or never worn.
15. Organize your cords.
Got an unsightly mess behind your desk? Grab some Velcro, zip-ties, or plain old rubber bands and sort the whole thing out.
16. Label your recycling and trash bins.
If you’re always tossing paper and plastic into the wrong bins, take a few minutes to create and attach attractive labels — making sure neither you nor your guests will ever mix up your materials.
17. Make a list.
Lots of big organizational projects piling up? Make a list of what needs doing and prioritize. Next time you have a big chunk of free time, you’ll know exactly what to do.
18. Make your bed.
It takes 30 seconds and makes a huge difference in how clean and organized your bedroom feels. Better yet: Make making your bed a habit.
19. Establish a donation area.
Where do you put items for donation? If your current answer is shrug, set aside a corner of a closet, a bin, or a shelf that can serve as holding ground until you get the chance to visit Goodwill.