The new year is finally here, and for many of us, that can only mean one thing: cleaning up. So, before we settle back into our work routine, it’s time to get our act together and organize for a clutter-free home.

Finally, all the clutter-filled areas we’ve been neglecting (we’re looking at you junk drawer) are finally going to get the attention they need, and the end result will be a streamlined home that’s as organized as it is beautiful.

But we all know how stressful organizing and cleaning can be. So, wondering where to begin your re-org? We guarantee buckling down on these seven spaces will make the biggest impact on your day-to-day living. Let’s go!

The Spice Cabinet

Consolidate, replenish, label, repeat. This is one area that tends to get totally discombobulated but actually doesn’t take much time to tidy up. Plus, an organized spice situation will encourage a lot more cooking in the new year.

Your Closet

Easier said than done, we know, but a cleared-out closet equals a clear state-of-mind, and most importantly, a happier outfit-making experience every day. Want to keep your closet under control once and for all? We live by these three rules. Clutter-free home here we come!

Your Kitchen Appliances

That pasta roller Kitchenaid attachment you got for your wedding five years ago and have used all of zero times? Yeah. It’s time to part ways with any of those bulky kitchen appliances that take up lots of space and get no use. Gift them to a friend you know will appreciate them, then organize the keepers somewhere they’ll be easily accessible.

photo by Kristen Kilpatrick

All Your Handbags

It’s time to face the gum wrappers, crumpled up receipts, lipsticks, hair ties, and matchbooks weighing down your purses. Set aside 45 minutes and get. it. done.

The Junk Drawer

If we have to hear you ask where the scissors are one more time… Every kitchen is allowed one, but an optimized junk drawer is so much better than a messy one. Get this space in order for an easier time finding all those things you need in a pinch, whatever they may be.

Your Fridge

This one needs to explanation. We all have those condiments, fresh produce, and freezer items that have made it long past their prime. Toss it all into compost, recycle the packaging, then give the refrigerator a good wipe down before restocking.

Your Linen Storage

Do you have extra bedding, towels, and linens smushed in a drawer somewhere? Now’s a great time to donate those that don’t ever get used, organize the ones you have left, and, best of all, create space for some new purchases.

This post was originally published on January 8, 2020, and has since been updated.

9 comments
  1. 1
    Helen | January 10, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    This was so useful! I’ve been on a cleaning spree, and this gave me some great ideas of areas that can be more organized. Thanks so much!
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

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    Lucie | January 10, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Literally none of those are organized at my place right now and now I feel like I’m failing so hard !! Ahah, no I’m joking, but I actually think that it’s a really good point you’re making here. I’ll be focusing on that in the upcoming weeks, I know it can make such a big difference!
    Lucie,

    http://thefrenchpier.blogspot.com/

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    Jeanette | April 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    the kitchen appliances photo has the kitchen aid mixer on the top shelf. Over most people’s heads. Does Better Homes and Gardens know how HEAVY those are before they staged that photo?

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    Ray Okoyo | January 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

    After the busy holiday, it was about time to declutter my home. It’s not always easy but has to be done.Thanks for sharing these tips!
    https://householdair.com/

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    Lauren Anne | January 10, 2021 at 11:04 am

    I have bundles of old linens and ratty t-shirts that need to be pitched BUT I feel awful putting it in the trash! Does anyone have any suggestions for over used items like these? The quality is not ideal for donation. Or, do I just get over it and toss it all in the garbage!?

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