Our Favorite Home Organizing Essentials
Today, we’re sharing our favorite home organizing essentials. These items help keep our home neat and tidy all year!
We probably all have a friend or family member that says, “You have GOT to help me get organized this year.” Or they boldly 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, 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 overwhelming though.
Especially, if you have a busy and active family life, an intense job, are the parent of littles or teenagers, or you’re trying to organize 2 separate households in 2 different cities.
But don’t worry, there’s hope.
The Secret to Getting and Staying Organized…
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 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 family 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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Calendars, Planners, and Journals
In the past, I’ve used the Planner Pad and the Day Designer both of which I appreciated for different reasons.
I needed a way to merge and simplify my home life, business life, and personal life though. So, I switched to a customized planner from Plum Paper several years ago which has worked out really well.
In addition, I use the One Year PowerSheets Goal Planner for goal planning and The 5-Minute Journal for journaling.
I also batch tasks, block schedule my days, and plan the week out on Sundays. It’s such a time-saver!
For even more simple ideas, you can read, 7 Tips For A Successful Week. It was one of our top posts of the year!
Planner Pads, File Folders, Boxes, and Sticky Notes
I write our monthly meal plan in my planner and on this refrigerator magnet calendar menu board. Several of my friends use this meal planner pad and love it.
This daily task list planner pad got great reviews as well!
I couldn’t live without the framed jumbo wall calendar my Mom gave me. This jumbo wall calendar is not framed but it’s similar.
My bestie S uses these tabbed sticky notes, and expanding file folders.
I use these photo boxes for storing office and craft supplies. Just a heads up, you might be able to find photo boxes similar to these for less at places Michaels or Joanns!
Colored Pens and 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.
These mechanical colored pencils and these erasable pastel highlighters are both really easy to use if you like to highlight or make notes in the margins of your favorite books.
I use these erasable gel pens and these erasable markers in my calendars and planners because they do not bleed through the pages.
I’ve also heard good things about these ParKoo Erasable Gel Pens and about these Paper Mate Felt Tip Flair Pens too.
Baskets, Bins, and Totes
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 some of my favorite home organizing essentials because they can be used in almost every room of the house.
You can choose natural baskets, metal baskets, cloth baskets, cubes, or caddy-style totes whichever best fits your lifestyle.
Jars and Containers
We use jars like these in the pantry for storing dry goods and these glass jars in the laundry room to store laundry supplies.
We also use glass jars similar to these to organize our spices and our cereals are stored in these containers.
In addition, we use these clear bins to help organize our refrigerator and this clear turntable for milks, creamers, and other refrigerated drinks.
If you have littles, mischievous pets, or elderly parents you may want to consider using a plastic or metal alternative to glass jars and containers. They can help keep you just as organized as glass containers but would 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.
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/luggage style tags like these or use a label maker tool like this one and this one.
You can also use your home computer, printer, and PicMonkey, or a Cricut Joy Cutting Machine to create pretty labels as well!
If DIY labels aren’t your thing, these got great reviews.
Meal Prep and Lunch Containers
We’ve been using these meal prep and food storage containers and these bento box-style containers to keep meals and leftovers as easy as possible.
We also use bags similar to these instead of sandwich bags and these wide-mouth mason jars to organize medium-sized items like fruits, nuts, granola, and salads.
For grocery shopping, we use these reusable mesh produce bags and these reusable market bags. It seems like such a small change but both have really helped us cut down on using plastic bags.
Drawer, Makeup, and Shoe Organizers
My bestie S uses these drawer dividers. to keep socks and undergarments organized.
I got my baby sister something similar to this makeup organizer to help keep all of her makeup organized.
We’re currently in the process of switching all of our drawer organization systems to these because they’ve worked out so well in our kitchen and offices.
I use an individual shoe container system similar to this one. But my mom uses a shoe cubby system like this one and says she really likes the convenience.
In addition, we use three-drawer organizer systems like this all over the house.
This stackable organizer is great for organizing earrings and rings. I have them on my birthday wish list because my closet needs a major overhaul!
Tech Gadgets to Keep You Organized
I’m totally a pen-and-paper kind of girl. But my bestie S who helps run the website is really into technology that makes life more efficient.
She uses this charging station, and I plug my devices into one similar to this one every night and by morning they’re good to go. It’s definitely like having a command center for phones and tablets.
These Amazon Smart Plugs have saved us so many times! We pair them with lamps and have Alexa turn them on for us anytime we’re running late.
S turned me on to these extra-long charging cables back when I was an android user after staying at Loblolly Manor. Some of the plugs are in weird spots because it’s an older home so these extra-long cable cords have come in really handy. I have these in my cart now that I have an iPhone.
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 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 my photos and the business of the blog too.
Speaking of products we didn’t know we needed, S loves this reusable notebook so much, we gave a few out as Christmas gifts!
Finally, several of the people in one the masterminds I was a part of used this visual timer to help them stay on track.
Favorite Home Organizing Essentials Books
Although I’ve always been a fairly organized person, this book really helped me cut the clutter for good.
This book was a Book of the Month pick last year and I try to read this book every December to prep for yearly organization projects.
I also appreciate how this book is pretty and practical.
These authors have a loyal following and both of their books are great!
Making Progress on Your Organizing Goals…
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!
Let us know if you have any favorite home-organizing essentials. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
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
I’m so glad you like these, Bonnie! Vintage locker baskets have been so hard to find lately so these would be a fabulous alternative. Hugs, CoCo
I appreciate it ladies! Those bottles and baskets are so cool, right? We need a truck load 🙂 Hugs, CoCo
Yes, Jane, you are SO right! Getting organized is one thing and keeping it up is something completely different. Oh my word the Target One Spot gets me every time, right? and I love the products in TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods too. We are going to be some of the best organized girls on the block this year. Happy New Year to you too, CoCo
I appreciate it Cat! I use colored pencils almost every day and the fact that they’re erasable makes it so much easier than writing in pen on the calendar/planner. Hope you’re having a fun day, CoCo
Your pantry looks like a model home with those adorable baskets… and I loved your jar lid labels. You are certainly motivating me to get a little more organized with all of the fun ideas you shared!
You’re so sweet, Heidi, thank you! With all the craziness that has happened this year, I’m definitely thankful for a pantry and other spaces that can easily be tidied 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week so far! Hugs, CoCo
I’ve often been that person you describe at the beginning of the post. Thankfully, this year I decided enough is enough! I just love seeing everything organized, never mind the fact things are so much easier to find! (IE: my seven pairs of glasses!) Your home is just lovely, CoCo, and every time I see that pantry I just drool! It’s SO organized!!! Thank you for sharing some of your favorite products! I’m going to check out some of those books! Have a blessed rest of your day!
You have so many wonderful ideas, CoCo. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.
I really appreciate it, Ann! Thanks so much for giving us a fun place to gather each week. Hugs, CoCo
I love all of your ideas for organization. I’m sharing a link on Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures. Thanks for your inspiration.
Thank you so much, Rachel, I really appreciate it! Hope your new year is off to a great start. Big hugs, CoCo
Hi CoCo – You provide so many great ideas and resources in this post. I too am a pen and paper girl and use journals to write down EVERYTHING. I love that you put labels on the top of your spice jars and then store your spices in a drawer. That is a fabulous idea. Thanks for the all inspiration. Happy New Year!
These are such great organization ideas, Coco! I just love your style and am so happy to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!