Balancing a job, workouts, laundry, bills, and a social life makes it easy to let lots of stuff pile up—constantly. And we hear you: Whether it's our inbox, desk, closet, or well, pretty much anything (and anywhere), the clutter can start to feel overwhelming. But we've got your back. We combed through the greatest and latest organization advice to find the easiest and most effective mess-mastering tips so you can control the chaos—once and for all.
- First, clean out the pantry. And we’re not just talking stale cereal—toss those grimy Tupperware containers and cloudy water bottles too.
- Store supplies close to where you use them. Translation: Keep plates and cups close to the dishwasher/sink area and pots and pans near the stove.
- Group “like with like” in the cabinets: Coffee mugs, wine glasses, and cereal bowls should be stored together neatly.
- Stash smaller kitchen utensils or food items, such as packets of ketchup, oatmeal, or protein powder, in labeled plastic containers or spare bowls.
- First things first: Clean out the closet. Trust us, this is the hardest part! Start by donating anything you don’t wear often (unless it’s a special item, like a wedding dress or ball gown).
- This clever tip makes the process a lot less painful: When you wear an item of clothing, place its hanger back on the rod facing the opposite direction. By the end of a season, you’ll know the items on hangers facing the original direction can go.
- Another closet hack we love: Put everyday items at eye-level, place less-used items (pants in the summer, tanks in the winter) on the lowest shelves, and store any special occasion items up high.
- Consider investing in furniture that offers additional storage, like hollow ottomans or a bed frame with built-in drawers underneath (or use flat boxes to stow out-of-season clothes and extra accesssories under the bed).
- First things first: Get rid of the old. (See a pattern here?) Mascaras and eyeliners have a shelf life of about three months, while powder and foundation can last up to two years. It should be easy to tell when perfume or nail polish goes bad, but if you're not sure, toss after two years. And sunscreen only lasts about one year.
- When it comes to medication, throw it out if it has changed color, texture, or smell, even if it hasn't expired.
- Finally, stash extra toilet paper, towels, and hair dryers in a basket on the floor and use divided containers (silverware trays work great) to keep makeup neat and organized.
- Toss unnecessary papers (like menus, old receipts, and magazine clippings—Pinterest can serve as your virtual corkboard) and only keep important docs such as financial statements, your lease, or tax returns. And remember: Most paper bills can be transferred to electronic versions.
- Keep personal papers (like those love letters) in a shoebox or plastic container.
- Store desk supplies according to how often you use them: Frequently used items belong in the top drawer on the side of your dominant hand and move “might-need” items to lower drawers.
- Finally, plug all cords into one power-surge protector under your desk and secure with twist-ties.
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