Feeling a little decorating overwhelmed? Here are 9 simple organizing tips to make your life easier.

simple organizing tips

2021 is just around the corner and before we flip the calendar over can I ask you a question?

Does clutter ever get you overwhelmed?

If you do, please come sit by me. I’m saving you a seat.

I’m looking at a house that is full of all the clutter from a wonderful Christmas. There’s wrapping paper sitting over there and scotch tape on the counter and gifts that need to be put away and Christmas ribbon all over the floor and snow and sprinkles and evergreens hung throughout the house.

So today?

I wanted to keep it simple.

Today is all about the organizing.

And remember?

We are keeping it simple. I promise.

Here are 9 simple organizing tips to make your life easier.

9 Simple Organizing Ideas To Make Your Life Easier

simple organizing tips

9. How to fold towels

There are a zillion ways to fold towels.

I get it.ย 

This is just my favorite way because the towels look so cute lined up in the linen closet.

They are literally one step away from an overnight stay at a Holiday Inn.

Here’s how I fold them and a few tips for organizing your linen closet.

simple organizing tips

8. how to put on a duvet cover

Almost every bed in our house has a duvet cover.

They are just so cozy.

I love everything about them until I wash them and remember why I don’t really like them that much.

Here’s my very best tip for putting on a duvet cover.

It made my life SO MUCH EASIER.

simple organizing tips

7. how to organize your desk drawer

If you have a drawer that looks like this, can we please be friends forever?

This is what the junk drawer looked like in our house.


Until I came up with a simple way to organize it.

You can see my best drawer organizing tips here.

simple organizing tips

6. how to keep your couch neat and tidy

Do you have an unorganized couch?

One that looks like it needs to get its life in order?

It’s probably because your couch cushions are slumpy.

Here’s the before and after of these sagging couch cushions that I revitalized with one simple tip.

You can see it here.

5. how to hide your trash can

Here’s how we stopped Buddy from getting into the trash.

And made the entire trash can experience so much cuter.

This is one of the most popular projects on the blog (and one of the most commented on when people stop by for a visit with something to throw away).

You can see the project here.

4. how to organize glass front cabinets

Do you have open shelving or glass-front cabinets in your home?

There’s no place for clutter to hide.

If you don’t know where to start, I have the best ideas for you.

Here’s how to style and organize glass front cabinets.

3. how to organize your laundry room

This is one of my favorite rooms in the house.


I love doing laundry and I love keeping the room organized.

Here are some of my best laundry room organization tips.

2. simple decluttering tips

Here’s my best collection of decluttering tips.

Clutter is just a decision that hasn’t been made yet.

It’s like we leave stuff on the counter because we don’t know where it goes.

These tips will help you to find a place for everything and put everything in its place.

1. five simple tips to destress your morning

A long time ago in a land far away I used to sleep until noon.


Until I had a job.

And children.

And dogs and cats and assorted individuals who depended on me to get out of bed and put my feet on the floor and drink loads of coffee to wipe the bleariness from my eyes and face each day earlier than I ever imagined possible. ย Understandably, it took me a while to adjust. ย It took me a while to figure out that the sun was my friend and chirping birds are just natureโ€™s way of telling you the day has started and that hitting the snooze button can be a little overrated.

Here are my best tips to get started in the morning.

(total aside: I know it’s not exactly organizing—but it was too good not to share.)

Even if you read all these tips and decide today is not your day to be organized, I want you to leave today with this:

Organization doesn’t have to be fancy.

Organization doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Organization can be done a little at a time and a minute at a time.

Just pick your minute and begin.

Rome wasn’t organized in a day….

….and your house doesn’t have to be either. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now?

Here are a few more organizing tips from some of my favorite friends

My 100-Year-Old Home

Happy Happy Nester

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  2. Image for Peg Peg

    I love that you said organization can be done a little at a time or a minute at a time. As a super organized person, I think this advice will help a lot of people to "just keep swimming"!! Happy New Year KariAnne!!! xoxo

  3. Image for Shirley Shirley

    KariAnne, I saw this sign in a Hallmark store a few weeks ago. Made me chuckle and relax: "I didn't get everything done in one day either. Love, God." Priceless and freeing.

  4. Image for Renee Bayes Renee Bayes

    KariAnneโ€” just come to Va and do all the organizing for me!!! I am just too pooped!! Ha! I sit down every New Yearโ€™s Day and make a weekly list to organize the entire houseโ€”- even if itโ€™s just a coat closet or a kitchen drawer. At least at the end of the day, I feel that I have accomplished one extra chore. By Juneโ€” wellโ€” thereโ€™s always next year! Happy New Year!!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

  5. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I have been organized since I was a child--weird I guess. But now it is handy!!! Lol Mostly, I like labeling and sorting things but that counts!!! Lol

  6. Image for Stacy Stacy

    These are great tips KariAnne! I need to read this today to inspire me to get moving! You have such great ideas and I'm sharing them with my weekly readers this week! Happy New Year!!!

  7. Image for Ivory Ivory

    I love it all. Excellent results. I have a question, please tell me where did you get your fabulous sofa/couch from? Please let me know, please.

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