Today, we’re sharing our favorite home organizing essentials!
We probably all have a friend or family member that says, “You have GOT to help me get organized this year,” or they announce, “This is the year, I’m going to get organized. I’m serious this time!” with complete conviction every January.
And despite their best intentions, they say it again while spring cleaning, and then again just before school starts and again at the end of the year.
Maybe that’s how you feel sometimes too.
No matter what time of year it is or what season of life you find yourself in, it is possible to have an organized home.
I know sometimes the thought of being organized can seem totally overwhelming.
Especially, if you have a busy and active family life, an intense job, are the parent of littles or teenagers, or trying to organize 2 separate households while living in 2 different cities throughout the week.
But don’t worry, there’s hope.
I truly believe anyone can be organized. You just have to know your priorities, find the right tools, and have a system in place that specifically works for you and your family.
Organizing is not one size fits all!
Once you have those efficient systems in place, gone will be the days you put up with clutter and chaos. It just won’t be an option for you and your anymore.
We live a mostly organized life. I say mostly because we aren’t perfect. There are definitely things we’re working to improve all the time.
Our garage, for example, is a hot mess right now.
It’s taken some effort for the rest of the house to get to this point. But now that we’ve been living an organized life for several years, we can’t imagine living any other way.
Here’s a look at our favorite home organizing essentials and tools that have helped us cut the clutter and organize our home…
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Then I needed a way to merge and simplify my home life, business life, and personal life so I switched to a customized planner from Plum Paper and it’s worked out really well too.
If you struggle with feeling like you have “too many things to do and no time to do it,” find a planner and a time management system that helps you organize your priorities.
I batch tasks, block schedule my days, and plan the week out on Sundays and it’s such a time saver!
Planner Pads, File Folders/Boxes & Sticky Notes
I write our weekly meal plan in my planner and on our menu board but I have several friends that use this meal planner pad and love it.
Just a heads up, photo boxes similar to these are much cheaper at places like Michaels!
Erasable Colored Pens & Pencils
I like to be able to find things in my calendar quickly which is why I write specific tasks down in specific colors. I know it’s kind of nerdy but it helps me stay on track throughout the day.
Baskets, Bins, Totes & Containers
I could sing the praises of baskets all day long! They’re great for storing everything from pantry items to sheets in the linen closet.
Baskets, bins, totes, and containers are definitely one of my favorite home organizing essentials because they can be used in almost every room of the house.
We also use glass jars similar to these to organize our spices and our cereals are stored in these containers.
If you have littles, mischievous pets, or elderly parents you may want to consider using a plastic or metal alternative. Most of the time, they will help to keep you as organized as the glass containers but will be a safer option.
Plastics can be kind of tricky so make sure you’ve researched which material is best for your family (i.e. BPA-free) prior to purchasing.
Tags, Labels and Label Makers
I’m a huge proponent of labeling everything, even if it seems kind of obvious. That way everyone in your household and even guests, can find things easier and help to keep things tidy too.
There are so many different kinds of labels to choose from depending on the size, shape, and material of the containers you use. You can purchase chalkboard style labels like these, use ID tags like these or use a label maker tool like this one and this one.
Meal Prep and Lunch Containers
Drawer, Makeup & Shoe Organizers
My friends that have littles swear by these drawer dividers. I haven’t used them yet but they’re on my list to try this year.
I got my baby sister something similar to this makeup organizer to help keep all of her makeup organized. She’s pretty “no fuss” so she likes to keep everything contained and together.
I use an individual shoe container system similar to this one. But my mom uses a shoe cubby system like this one and says really likes the convenience.
Tech Gadgets to Keep You Organized
I’m totally a pen and paper kind of girl. But my bestie S tries to school me on technology all the time. While I’ve been slow to get on board with some things, I use these tools nearly every day.
We plug our devices into this charging station every night and by morning we’re good to go. It’s definitely like having a command center for our phones and tablets.
These Amazon Smart Plugs have saved us so many times! Especially, when we’re running late and have forgotten to leave a few lights on for Filbie. We pair them with lamps and have Alexa turn them on for us.
S turned me on to these extra-long charging cables after staying at Loblolly Manor. Some of the plugs are in a weird spot because it’s an older home so these extra-long cable cords have come in really handy.
Another purchase inspired by Loblolly! These outlets not only provide surge protection and USB charging capabilities, but you can also plug multiple devices into them at once. There’s even a slot up top to hold your phone or tablet.
Looking back, I have no idea how we survived without an Amazon Echo. We use it for everything from hearing the morning news to traffic reports to playing music to reordering our favorite tea.
This was one of those products I didn’t know I needed until I needed it. My camera’s SD card always seems to be full. This Toshiba 1TB External Hard Drive helps to provide extra storage for the business of the blog.
Finally, we use our kitchen timer frequently to help us stay on task. This one is nice because it has a magnet on the back so you can stick it on the refrigerator and keep your counters clutter-free.
Favorite Home Organizing Essentials Books
Although I’ve always been a fairly organized person, this book really helped me cut the clutter for good.
We probably all have goals to be more organized in specific areas of our lives. I know I definitely do!
Keep in mind, small changes each day will make the biggest impact over time. You don’t have to be perfect; you just have to get started.
Make this year the year you not only get organized but you stay organized too. I’m cheering you on!
A Few Other Organization Posts You Might Enjoy:
- Pantry Organization Tips Made Easy
- Tips & Tricks for Clutter-Free Linen Closets
- TV Armoire to Functional Wardrobe Makeover
- How to Tame Cleaning Cabinet Clutter
- 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge