With the holidays quickly on their way, I’ve noticed a lot of projects around the house that need some attention! I decided that a 30 day organizing challenge was just what I needed to get things in order. All it takes is a quick project everyday, and you’ll have an organized life from the closets to your day planner!
Start off by looking around your cluttered home. Notice where piles of things are naturally collecting, and place a container or paper bin there. Stop clutter in its tracks and make it easier to put things where they belong!
Find a cute basket and place it next to the front door. Fill it with library books that need to be returned, mail that needs to be sent, or anything that can be taken with next time you leave the house!
Tackle the spice cabinet with a tension rod. It lifts the small bottles and cans so you can see everything and still have space underneath! Here are 25 clever ways to organize with tension rods.
How’s the laundry room looking? Refill all your homemade laundry products, clean the shelf underneath them, and consider cleaning the washer and dryer. Learn how to clean a top-loading washer, a front-loading washer, and the dryer.
I don’t know about you, but my wallet is full of unused punch cards and old receipts. Take a few minutes to go through your wallet and throw out all the trash! You might even want to try an app like CardStar to replace membership and rewards cards.
Learn how to organize an artful bookshelf! Set out a few new photos in frames, get rid of clutter, and consider adding a plant or some flowers! :-)
Do you have a board game collection? Puzzles and board games can take up a lot of valuable closet space, so try putting puzzle pieces or game pieces into a baggie to save room!
Organize the car! Use some silicon cupcake liners in the cup holders, add a trash bin, and get all your documents in one spot.
Take a day for organizing your digital life! Declutter your desktop, sort through your email inbox, manage passwords and more. This one is a big day for me!
Organize your entertainment center – putting discs into a disc wallet saves SO much room! Check out all these other tips for organizing the living room, too. If you don’t have time to handle each project, make a list and save them for the end of the challenge. :-)
Find a drawer or bin that could use some dividers! You can use tension rods, old boxes, or find some simple dividers from a dollar store. I used these mesh baskets to keep all my tape organized. :-)
Choose one of these 25 ways to organize gift wrap and all your gifting supplies!
Toss out all the old food in your fridge and freezer, give it a clean, and try some of these organizing tips!
I love my jewelry collection, and have tried quite a few ways to organize it! This one utilizes an old thread rack, I made this one with chicken wire and an old frame, but my favorite is this hidden shadow box jewelry case. It looks great hanging on the wall!
Do you keep a day planner? If so, tidy it up and make sure you have everything on your calendar. If not, try these handy printables! The daily agenda is great for really busy days. Stay tuned for next year’s printables! :-)
Organize the bedroom closet with a few cheap organizing bins. I wrote this post in 2012, and my closet has stayed pretty darn tidy since! :-)
Finish up the bedroom by organizing the dresser and nightstand.
Make a “Best of” folder for the pictures on your smart phone. It will make it easy to find your favorites quickly. :-) You can make as many folders as you want, but I love how simple it is to keep track of one folder full of the best.
Organize your keychain! If you started using CardStar to organize your wallet in Day 5, then you can throw out a bunch of membership cards. I was able to get rid of a few unused keys, and started using a handy keychain organizer. So much nicer!
My essential oil collection takes up a whole drawer, but you can use these organizing tips for any small items!
An organized bathroom makes getting ready in the morning a lot easier! Here are some tips for saving space in a bathroom of any size.
Try the app PaperKarma to control all the junk mail you get. Just take a picture of the catalog or envelope, and the app does the rest – no more junk mail!
My garage tends to be a gathering place for junk. Sort through everything and check out these tips for making your garage easy to organize!
Searching for important documents can be such a hassle! Here are my best tips for keeping all your paperwork organized with a simple method!
At this point, you’ll know exactly what projects are left over! Check out this list of 45 organizing tips or these 25 frugal organizing DIYs if you need some ideas. Every home has a different closet or nook that needs organizing, so everyone’s challenge will end a bit differently. You might even get to finish a few days early! :-) Happy organizing!
What area of your home needs the most organizing help?