Organizing in the New Year

It’s a New Year!

Time to start clean!

When we lived in Hawaii, we learned the Japanese culture aims to have their houses and yards cleaned by the New Year.

I think it sounds like a more appropriate time then “Spring Cleaning”.  Don’t we all feel bombarded and weighed down after the holidays?

Are your toy boxes overflowing like mine?

With well-intended gifts-a-plenty?

January is a great month to SIMPLIFY!

Here are some smart and inexpensive ideas!


Make an ironing board pad, so you don’t have to haul out the other big ironing board by Crafty Fose


Add some little and inexpensive shelves for a easy solution to avoiding digging in the back of your cupboards by A Bowl Full of Lemons


Make a jewelry holder to organize your jewelry.

This one I made for my Master Bedroom and I LOVE IT! It really does keep all my jewelry organized, and I’ve been using it for over a year.


There are a million different ways to make them on Pinterest and Google.


I love this organizational door by Jamie at CRAFT


She also organized it as a Back to School Organizational Door.


Check out this garage organization for a family of 10 by Garage Designs of St. Louis on Hometalk!

(I have no excuse now.)

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Need an office space?

Transform your closet like this incredible office-closet from Simplicity in the South.


I did the same thing in my downstairs closet. It’s a little cramped, but at least everything has a place!

You can check out my sewing nook here.



Get creative with a Goodwill find. Mad in Crafts turned the side or a shoe organized into a paint holder.


Classy Clutter used the extra space by their fridge to store their canned food…..brilliant!


This is a Lazy Susan I made for back to school, but it could be used for kid’s activities everyday.

Hope these ideas and spaces give you a little inspiration!

I’m ready to start cleaning things out….now to just find a little time.



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  1. Thanks for sharing my door organizers :) Love the other ideas too!

  2. Great ideas!

  3. I am so in love with your “in the closet” sewing space. That’s just the cutest idea! I shared it on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page. Pinned it, too, of course.

    • Thanks Ann! I’m glad you liked it. I have really enjoyed it. It’s a small and cramped space to keep straightened, but it’s nice that everything has a place.

  4. So many great ideas. I am absolutely trying to organize for the New Year. My Christmas stuff is still up though so I might be a bit behind 😉

  5. Great ideas! I have to check out that garage post … our garage is a disaster!

    • We don’t even have one….with 5 kids and army/outdoor stuff to boot! One the bright side, I can’t keep as many 1/2 finished projects! :) Next house….I would LOVE to have an organized garage though!

  6. What creative organizing ideas! I love the door organizer! You’re invited to share your post at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase. :)

    Happy New Year!

  7. Great collection of ideas! I think I am going to have to put a few of these into action. :)

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