It’s often said that keeping your life free of clutter keeps your mind free of clutter but you can actually take that a step further. In addition to decluttering, you can focus on staying organized. You’ll be impressed with yourself once you create an organizing plan and stick to it. It makes your life easier and allows you to be present for those important moments. We’ve chosen five of our favorite organizing must-haves that are great for the person trying to get organized this year. Our picks also work for the person working to stay organized or that person who is already hyper-organized. Whatever category you fall under, you will love our organizing must-haves for 2018.
Bins & Boxes
As Benjamin Franklin stated, “A place for everything, everything in its place.” Into our lives tend to fall many items both small and large. One easy way to keep track of all of these things is to establish a place for everything. Whether it’s gift wrapping tools, electronics accessories, or a fun button collection, if your things have a home, you’ll be able to find them easily. To that end, we love repurposing something like a card catalog for the smaller things or finding some stylish bins for the larger items that would be useful in the closet or attractive sitting out in the room.
This is one of the most simple tools you can implement almost anywhere, but it has a huge impact. Our favorites are these clear, acrylic dividers from The Container Store because they have no visual impact yet they help keep your closets and cupboards tidy. Use them to keep your folded clothes in neat piles on your closet shelf, to keep your linens organized in your linen closet, to keep your pantry easy to navigate, or anywhere else where you store your things, the possibilities are endless.
You have wine racks in your home that you use for the obvious, storing your wine; but, wine racks can be useful for the storage of so many other items around your home. Put it in your pantry to store bottles of any kind, use them in your garage to store cans or tools, keep them with your workout gear to organize your water bottles, or use them anywhere you need some extra storage organization. While we really like these acrylic, stackable racks we found on Amazon, we’ve also used a wall-mounted rack to hold architectural drawings – a method that would work great in a craft or gift wrap room.
One of the first places we look every morning is our closet. This makes closet organization one of our more paramount priorities. While it may seem unnecessary, creating a uniform hanger plan has benefits that include not only keeping your clothes in good shape but also maintaining a pleasing aesthetic in your closet. You may wish to opt for the flocked hangers – especially if you have garments that easily slide off hangers, but our pick is the wooden hanger.
Most of us spend a lot of time looking at our smartphones and we’ve come to rely quite heavily on them. The key to happiness with your smartphone is to allow it to work for you to make your life simpler and to increase your productivity. To do so, there is a long list of helpful apps you should download and try. The best approach, however, is to try it for a set period of time and – most important – if it’s not working for you, delete it! Some of our favorites include Dashlane for password management, ToDoist for managing your to-dos, and Unroll.Me to help you eliminate clutter from your email inbox.
With the implementation of a few handy household or office organization tricks, your life can be a lot simpler. Sometimes when people think about getting organized, they can become easily overwhelmed. The best advice we can offer is to start small and implement organization tools slowly so you can fully integrate them into your life. If something doesn’t work for you, don’t despair, try something else! Which of our favorites will you be implementing in 2018? In your quest to become organized or to maintain your organized life, you might also want to read up on the minimalism trend. Your organization efforts may turn you into a minimalist this year.