35 Easy Ways To Be A More Organized Person

Table of Contents 1. Use a meal-planning and grocery list pad to keep a running

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From decluttering to budgeting, you’ll feel so refreshed after trying these tips.

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Use a meal-planning and grocery list pad to keep a running list of what you need. It will make grocery shopping and meal prep a lot easier and help you avoid walking aimlessly down the store aisles, trying to remember what you’re out of.


This pad is also magnetic so you can put it on your fridge. And the shopping list section is perforated so you can easily tear it off, take it to the store with you, and start writing down things for next week’s meals.

Promising review: “I love this meal planner and shopping list! In my house, it was constantly ‘what do you want to eat’ ‘what do we have’ blah blah etc. Now I can lay out the weeks meals, and get my shopping list prepared so I make sure I don’t miss anything at the grocery store. The magnet on the back is strong and holds it to the fridge perfectly, even with the door opening and closing constantly. The perforation is good, and doesn’t stray off into the paper like some cheaper papers do. Will be buying again when my current one gets low.” —Haley

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in 14 designs).


Start keeping a color-coded Google Calendar so you never forget meetings, bills, plans, appointments, etc. You can even get reminders that pop up on your phone or desktop.


Or opt for a physical planner. The Simple Elephant agenda has undated pages so you can start, stop, and pick up again whenever you need to. It has tools for you to visualize your goals, organize your thoughts, and really decide what you want to focus on.

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What it includes: Undated pages, so you can skip weeks and pick up where you left off without losing pages; weekly spreads with “Goals For This Week, “Successes,” and “What I Can Do Better”; two “My Focus” pages in the beginning of the planner where you list out what you’re grateful for, write down some affirmations, and write down your top five goals — so you can refer back to them throughout the year; “My Mindmap” and “My Vision Board” pages to ~engage both sides of the brain~; 59 blank journaling pages at the back; and stickers!

Promising review: “Love this planner. I love the free-form format. You can skip weeks you know you’re out of town or whatever and save those pages for another time. I think my favorite part of this planner is the first two pages. Everything to do with this planner is how YOU make it. For me, it also helped (kind of made) me reflect on things I really do want and goals I really do want to achieve. Words of affirmation was difficult for me to fill out so I looked them up online and wrote the ones that spoke to me most. How I want to/should be seeing myself.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in four colors).

This is our pick for best budget planner!


Clean out your vanity, makeup bag, and bathroom beauty products so you’re no longer holding on to five tubes of expired mascara. Here’s a chart to help you figure out what expired products you may be hoarding:


And get a rotating makeup organizer to keep your daily beauty products easily accessible, as opposed to spread across your bathroom counter.


Promising review: “If you pay attention, it’s easy to assemble. I really didn’t think it would hold as many items as it does. My counter is a lot less cluttered than before and my morning routine is a lot easier and faster. It also looks nicer than I expected.” —dpacker

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.


Swap out your bulky plastic hangers for a uniform pack of velvet hangers. They allow you to fit more into your closet, they look more tidy, and you won’t have to worry about all of your shirts sliding off.


Promising review: “I never write reviews, but all I can say is WOW! These hangers make my closet look so much cleaner. I previously had the Wonder Hangers to try to save space (they don’t, really), but having these thinner hangers are a godsend! I ordered these along with the recommended rose gold pant hangers to match and I just love how my closet looks now. I can actually see all of my clothes, which was the downside to the wonder hangers. Plus, I love that my clothes actually stay on the hangers with the velvet. AND they’re such a good deal, how can you not love them! Thank you for helping me overhaul my closet! If you’re on the fence, I say go for it, you won’t regret it!” —Samantha

Get a 50-pack from Amazon for $25.95+ (available in seven colors).


And add a set of clothing dividers — they’ll save you time and energy on digging through your entire closet just to find that one leather jacket.


The tags come with 48 labels so you can customize them to your individual needs.

Promising review: “This is one of those products you don’t know you need until you have it. I love how organized my closet is. It also helps you know what you have. It makes it easy to see the items you may be hoarding. I didn’t even realize I had capri pants until I started organizing with these. I could have been wearing them all summer. I agree that the price is a little high for what the material is, but it is a one-time purchase that makes your life easier. I have large closet rods made from heavy piping. This product fit. I am ordering a set for my mom. She loved mine.” —Michelle

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $12.99.


Hang a wall-mounted mail sorter near the front door so you always have a place to put the mail and keep any important bills or documents at top of mind. This sorter also has small hooks so your keys also have a designated spot, making them easier to keep track of.

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Promising review: “It looks nice and is sturdy. We hung it up just inside the front door and also use it to hang our keys when we get home. No more mail piling up or bills getting misplaced is a win for me. Since we rent we just used Command hooks to attach it to the wall.” —S. Hurd

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.


Invest in some vacuum-sealed pop containers so you can organize your cereal, flour, snacks, and more in a neat and visual way that’ll also keep them nice and fresh.

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See a BuzzFeeder’s full review of these space savers (#1).

Promising review: “Great for pantry organization. I ended up with three sizes. The tall, thinner ones for spaghetti. The medium-sized containers fit a 5-pound bag of flour. The largest containers fit a 7-pound bag of brown sugar. Worth the cost if you are tired of your pantry looking messy. Based on the quality I expect these to last many years without needing to be replaced. Airtight lids work well and are very simple to use and clean.” —Tonya murray

Get it from Amazon for $14.46+ (available in 10 sizes).


Untangle and sort through all of your jewelry, then get a jewelry organizer to display your favorite pieces. It’ll look like chic decor on your wall, make everything easier to grab and go, and keep your necklaces and bracelets from getting all tangled up again.

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Chic Rustic Co. is a Minnesota-based Etsy shop that sells beaded jewelry and jewelry organizers.

Promising review: “Words cannot explain my love for my little jewelry spot. It’s absolutely gorgeous and has So. Much. Room. Exactly what I was looking for!” —vannah belle.

Get it from Chic Rustic Co. on Etsy for $30+ (available in four wood stains and three colors).


You can also use ice cube trays to keep your earrings paired and visible. Then just tuck the trays away in a drawer if you have the space.


Start keeping important paperwork in an expanding file folder. The pockets will help organize all of the annoying papers that always seem to end up in piles on the counter. This way you can keep track of receipts, bills, contracts, etc.


Promising review: “I absolutely love this! I’ve always been the type of person to have a different folder for each subject in school, and to buy new folders every semester because they accumulate wear and tear by the end of the term. But it became too annoying to have to switch out notebooks and folders every day depending on what classes I had. It also increased the likelihood that I’d forget a folder for a particular class, so I gave this a try. After four months of continuous use, it’s held up really well! It holds everything that I need and it is always by my side. It actually still looks somewhat new. I got compliments on it because it’s cute and a great organizational tool.” —KaleSensei

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in 10 colors).


Get some drawer organizers that’ll keep your socks paired and prevent your bras from getting crushed and damaged.


The set includes four bins: one with six cells for scarves and tights, eight square cells for underwear, seven wide cells for bras, and 24 small cells for socks.

Promising review: “I love these things; they’re so versatile. I have them all over: drawers, closet shelves, cabinets. I use them for more than just underwear, too. I use them for dry art supplies in open shelves and just about anywhere else I need to organize.” —Kindle Mac

Get it from Amazon for $14.87 (available in seven colors).


Or use an empty shoebox to separate your socks, tights, and undies.


Clean out your fridge and toss everything that is no longer safe to consume.


This chart from Women’s Health will help you decide which items are expired, almost past due, and still safe to eat. 


After your fridge is cleaned out, use a set of custom labels to organize it. This will help you know exactly where to look for condiments, drinks, produce, etc., instead of rummaging through and pushing things around.

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Getting some clear storage containers can also make organizing and labeling much easier!

Organise Life Designs is an Australia-based Etsy shop that specializes in making labels.

Promising review: “My fridge looks so organized. The words are clear and easy to read and they look fantastic.” —Jackie Mellor

Get it from Organise Life Designs on Etsy for $1.51+ (available in three sizes, 14 fonts, and four colors).


Use an electronics accessory organizer to keep track of all of your chargers, batteries, and earbuds. It’s made of waterproof nylon to keep everything untangled, undamaged, and easy to find.


Promising review: “I bought this because I’m about to go on a couple of trips and I wanted a way to organize my headphones and chargers and make them easy to find. This organizer seems to be really well made, it has several spots for charger cords and headphones, and also a zipper pouch for smaller things. I put some headphones and chargers in there, and still have a few slots to spare. I think this is going to be really helpful for traveling and keeping all my stuff untangled and in one spot.” —Ashley

Get it from Amazon for $8.69+ (available in eight colors).


Tidy up closet shelves by using clear shelf dividers for separating folded sweaters, pants, towels, books, and more so they’re not falling all over each other into a big jumbled mess.


Promising review: “These dividers were perfect for our needs. Easy to install, and almost invisible to the eye. We used them as dividers on shelves in our closet to separate pants, T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.” —Rogue

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $20.48+ (available in two sizes and packs six).


Create your own beauty or craft station by using a three-tier storage cart to organize your items. It’ll keep your supplies in one spot and it can be easily moved around the house.


Promising review: “I love this little cart. It’s not too big and not too small. It’s very sturdy and I use it as a snack cart. It was a great price and easy to put together. 😊” —Fynedyme

Get it from Amazon for $30.87 (available in three colors). 


Invest in clear drop-front shoeboxes that’ll make your impressive shoe collection look neat and tidy, while still being able to easily see and access every pair.

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I kept putting off buying these shoeboxes because they are definitely a pricier route if you have a lot of shoes. But I decided to go for it and purchase the boxes in chunks — it’s hands down the best purchase I’ve made all year! Living in a small NYC apartment, I could never find a way to store all of my sneakers in a way that wasn’t damaging or wouldn’t have them be out of sight (then I would honestly never wear them). After trying tons of different racks over the years, this is the first option that I’ve ever been 100% satisfied with. It looks great, even in my small bedroom, I can see and access all of my sneakers, and the boxes are extremely sturdy. I am obsessed with my shoe wall.

Promising review: “My boyfriend and I are real shoppers, from clothes to household items and most importantly SNEAKERS! We have run into a problem with shoeboxes breaking from the weight of stacking them and these drop-front shoeboxes…well they are our best buy EVER! They stack perfectly, they don’t lean, they interlock with each other so they don’t slide off. They are durable, the clear fronts make it easy to see our sneakers, and are just an amazing product. We have purchased about 100 of these and are ordering more! I am in LOVE with these drop-front shoeboxes and I tell everyone about them.” —SneakerheadMinda

Get a set of six from the Container Store for $57.99 (also available in a larger size).


Whip your WFH area into shape by using a desk organizer to keep your desk or table clutter-free and set up for success.

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This acrylic organizer has slots for notebooks and papers, pencils and pens, sticky notes, your phone, paper clips, and other small office supplies.

MyOrganizers is a small Etsy shop that sells organization products.

Promising Review: “This is exactly what I needed! Now that we are working from home, my dining table office needed some organization, so it didn’t look so overrun and disorganized. This holds the few files I’ve needed at home, notebooks, pens, stickies, and even my video meeting prep mirror and lip gloss. I actually also use it for my phone, too. The quality is great — very sturdy and well constructed — and it shipped much faster than expected. Perfect for the price!” —Bridget Strickland

Get it from MyOrganizers on Etsy for $29.99 (available in eight colors).


Organize pretty much everything you can by color. It looks great visually and will help you know exactly where to find things. This method works for everything from clothes to books to snacks.

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This is one of my favorite methods of organization. I use it for my closet, bookshelves, and even the apps on my phone! 


Add an extra storage shelf in your closet so you can take advantage of that wasted vertical space. Now you can stack purses, shoes, towels, and more in that empty area above your clothing rod.


Plus, this shelf requires zero tools to set up! 

Promising review: “I had a lot of wasted space at the top of my narrow linen closet, and a deep shelf would not work. This shelf was the perfect solution. Now I can stack my less frequently used large towels at the top of the closet and still be able to access the shelf below. Strong and easy to install, and the shelf won’t slip. Very happy to have found this shelf.” —Misplaced Californian

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in seven sizes, four colors, and various variety packs).


Clean out your glove box and neatly store any important papers in a handy document case.


The case has five inside pockets to hold your insurance, registration, manuals, receipts, and cards.

Promising review: “It has more than enough space in it to hold all sorts of documents. And it has a heavy-duty fabric finish, and the zippers seem solid. I don’t think there will be any problems down the road with the quality, but I also rarely use what I’m storing inside this. The only downside is that there isn’t a pocket large enough to fit the manual itself, but it still fits in and zips up nicely, so I can live with that. Overall, excellent product.” —Nicholas

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


Utilize small, awkward spaces throughout the house with slide-out storage shelves. This is especially great for storing and hiding products in the kitchen and laundry room.


Promising review: “LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! Fit half my cabinet in there. It’s easy to move and easy to build. Quick. Sturdy. I already recommended to five people! Love it.” —Dominique Velasquez

Get it from Amazon for $19.91.


Put a remote control organizer in your living room so you never have to dig through the sofa cushions for the Fire Stick remote ever again.


Promising review: “Perfect for holding your remotes, phone, reading glasses, or small notebook on your nightstand or end table. I was so tired of having four remote controls on my nightstand along with my phone and glasses and everything else and when I would reach for my remote, boom! It would fall behind my nightstand and you know what a pain that is! I finally decided to look for something that could help me organize my nightstand and I found this beautiful gem of Remote Organizer. It looks great, it’s well made, and as you can see by the picture, it holds all of my remotes, my phone (iPhone 6 Plus), and my reading glasses. It gave me more room on my nightstand and it looks cool! My wife wants one for her side now and you can’t beat the price!” —Jim Carrillo

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


Clear up some cabinet or closet space by using Command spray bottle hangers to store cleaning products. Just stick them to the wall — they don’t require tools and they won’t cause any damage to the wall either.


Promising review: “Let’s face it, Command products ROCK! This was perfect for our truck camper, under the sink, to hold a small, refillable spray bottle of 409 to clean the kitchen. It has literally hung by this Command hanger for 3,000 miles now — bumpy roads, up and down hills, you name it. Everywhere we’ve gone, and neither the bottle nor the Command hanger have ever been found down. Still hanging in there like the day I stuck it. Works AWESOME!!!! It also keeps the bottle out of the way by tucking it up to one side under the sink. PERFECT!” —Jenn

Get it from Amazon for $5.48 (also available in packs of two).


Start using a budget planner as a place to record your finances. It has pockets for receipts, a bill tracker, and extra pages to help you plan for holiday spending.

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It has a sturdy hardcover and is small enough to fit in your purse or tote.

Promising review: “I love this simple, sturdy, and cute budget planner. I prefer budget planners over apps. Writing down a budget plan makes a lot of difference, just like writing down your goals rather than just talking about them. This planner is sturdy and has individual sections that can be customized. The best part is the bill tracker, which is a single sheet that shows how much you spend on a particular bill every month. I’ll definitely be buying this year after year.” —Maya07

Get it from Amazon for $11.09.


Or try a digital version you can download right on your iPhone or iPad. This chic budget planner can be used to track bills, expenses, debt, and bank info.

Easy Life Planners / Etsy

Easy Life Planners is a small business based in Spain that specializes in digital and printable planners. 

Promising review: “So stunning. Very very easy to use, comes with instructions, and I was offered help, if I needed it. Comes with every sheet I need to make my financial planning easier.” —‘deji Adebola

Get it from Easy Life Planners on Etsy for $6.59 (originally $10.99).


Ditch the clunky boxes for a convenient tea organizer that’ll allow you to see how much of each flavor you have in stock and save on counter or cabinet space.

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Some reviewers drilled holes in it or used Command strips to mount it to the wall!

Promising review: “I have a ridiculous amount of tea (loose leaf and bagged). This product worked marvelously! It lives up to its promise of holding over 150 tea bags (if you utilize the bottom drawers as well)! It looks very nice on my counter. I’ve even been able to stack my little tins of loose-leaf tea on top and beside it to create a nice little tea corner.” —The Browns

Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in three colors).


You can also save some counter space by using a fruit and veggie hammock as opposed to a bowl. It’ll keep your fruits and veggies visible, too, so you can (hopefully) remember to eat them before they go bad.

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Knapps Knots is a woman-owned business based in San Diego that specializes in handmade macramé crafts.

Get it from Knapps Knots on Etsy for $27.90+ (available in two sizes and nine colors; free shipping).


When buying new storage products or rearranging your space, ALWAYS measure first. This will ensure that drawers and doors can close properly and everything fits in an orderly fashion. You don’t want to deal with the eyesore of a cabinet door that just won’t close all the way.


Store any extra blankets or seasonal clothing in waterproof vacuum-sealed space-saving bags so you can shrink down some of the clutter and tuck it away under your bed or in a closet without it looking like a disaster.


It also comes with a travel pump, so you can use the bags for packing and reseal them when it’s time to head home! The medium size claims to fit 8–10 sweaters and the jumbo size can hold up to four pillows.

Promising review: “I’ve been having a hard time finding space to put away my winter clothes to make room for summer and decided to try this space-saver. I’ve never tried vacuum storage before and am very pleased; now I can’t imagine another way to put away off-season clothes. I used my own vacuum cleaner as I didn’t think the pump that it comes with would be as effective, and it was super easy and quick. The hardest part was folding the clothes LOL.” —Giselle

Get a pack of five medium-sized bags from Amazon for $28.99 (available in four sizes).


Use a 13-pocket purse insert to take your daily tote from a giant black hole to a neatly organized bag of necessities. No more digging through your purse for five minutes just to find your lip balm.

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Promising review: “I travel a lot and like to use totes rather than a handbag. The challenge is keeping that open space organized — everything falls to the bottom of the tote! This organizer is perfect. A firm felt fabric holds my phone, papers, cosmetics, pen, notebook, etc. without any issues retrieving any of them. It also has a clip-on strap that attaches to my keys, and it’s long enough to reach from inside my tote to unlock the door! So clever and very handy. The center section of the organizer is a removable zippered pouch that could be used as a smaller organizer in another bag or can be removed if I have a larger item to carry in the center of the bag. The organizer also works great for moving from tote to tote. It’s the right size and height. All in all, I’m very happy with the purchase!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.88+ (available in six sizes and 13 colors).


And prevent those hair tools and cords from getting tangled up under the sink by using an over-the-cabinet hair tool organizer.


Promising review: “This is a great design! My hairstyling tools are hidden when I’m not using them and are very organized so it’s so easy to grab them whenever I need to. Before this, I’d bought something similar that didn’t have the dividers. It hid my hair tools, but they were on top of each other, so I had to pull them all out when I wanted to use just one of them. That’s not the case with this. I get out what I need to use in the morning before I go to work, while the others stay in place. I’m so glad I found this.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in eight colors).

Now let’s get organized!


Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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