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20 Ways to Get Organized for the New Year

Jan 5, 2015

by Valerie Rains handmade and vintage goods

While it’s true that New Year’s resolutions are as unique as those proverbial snowflakes (a few we’ve heard floating around the office: get a motorcycle license, learn all the constellations, eat more greens), the idea of getting more organized, in one way or another, seems to find its way onto most everyone’s annual do-better list. Whether you’re looking to bring a little order to your home office, your dresser top, or even your daily routine, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite products, strategies, and hacks — from Etsy and beyond — to help you get there. Scroll through for answers to some of your most persistent clutter conundrums.

If your desk is a mess…

Corral pens, pencils, and other odds and ends in a handmade caddy.

Or craft your own from clear glass cylinders and metallic spray paint.

Call on an industrial parts cabinet to divide and conquer paper clips, stapler refills, and more.

And collect correspondence in a vintage rack.


If your craft stash is in chaos…

Pile fabric and yarn inside a felt bin.

Keep rolls of washi tape all in one place.

Store paint in a rack that doubles as a display.

Show off your supplies and your skills with a DIY canvas and felt organizer.


If your accessories are out of control…

Declutter your dresser top with a stand-up jewelry holder.

Or collect your baubles in vintage teacups, then close them all up in a drawer.

Enlist a hand-stitched leather tray to catch bulkier objects (sunglasses and bangles, say).

As for that over-the-top collection of shoes or hats? It probably deserves its own storage unit. These reclaimed-locker models come in many (larger) sizes.


If your kids’ toys are everywhere…

A toy bin this appealing — shaped like a lion, equipped with wheels for dragging around, and built to double as seating — might just get them to help you tidy up.

Keep their books overhead (and not underfoot) with a cute cloud-shaped shelf.

Have a handyman in your household? Then download these printable plans for building your own bins.

Affix figurines to the tops of jar lids for charming holders for small toys and art supplies.

If your time needs management…

Track each month’s appointments in a calendar that marries business with pleasure.

Or take the long view with a year-at-a-glance version.

Get help for keeping your eyes on the prize.

And download a to-do list app to take your productivity to the next level. A few free options that are making waves right now: Wunderlist,, and Google Keep.


What’s your best organizing tip or tool? Tell us in the comments!

Valerie Rains is an editor at Etsy.


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