7 organizing tips that really work

Make your desk, closet, entry, or pantry a more beautiful, useful place. Our experts show you how

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Then, work on reducing your junk mail ― stop the flow at the source! Try these resources:

Maintenance Organizing doesn't have to consume a whole weekend. Spend 15 minutes at the end of the day sorting mail, clearing tabletops, and folding laundry, and chores won't seem so overwhelming.

Make it fun Make organizing and cleaning fun. Put on some music, light an aromatic candle, and use a softly fragrant cleaning spray. Seriously, it'll make you want to clean more. We love Caldrea's Citrus Mint Ylang Ylang All-Purpose Cleanser.

Also, there's no point in organizing a space that you don't enjoy. For instance, even if you only pay bills at your desk, add photos, art, and color so you look forward to spending time there. Once the clutter is gone, reward yourself by hanging your favorite cards and pictures on your bulletin board. Frame family photos. Color coordinate your boxes and binders. Put favorite pens in a pretty jar.

Companies that have organizing and storage products we covet:

The Container Store (anything and everything organizing related)
See Jane Work (anything office related)
IKEA (storage boxes and bins, magazine files)

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