Our 7 Best Organizing Ideas for 2016


It’s here: that time of year when we vow to clean up the clutter and get organized — for good! And when you have smart solutions to help keep your space orderly, functional and stylish, it’s more likely to stay that way. We happened to have a few good ideas, so take a look at are our favorite ways to stay organized in 2016.

1. Cambridge Shoe Tower

This is the year you finally tackle your family’s main entry — that place where everyone dumps their stuff on the way in. Bring order to your entryway or foyer closet with our Cambridge Shoe Tower. There’s enough space for several pairs of shoes, bags, hats and baskets. And its vintage industrial style means it looks great anywhere you put it, including your bedroom or office.


2. Brass Organization Clips

Our super fun, incredibly chic Brass Organization Clips let you organize your papers and files into two categories: now and later. “Now” items may include permission slips, bills or party invitations. As long as you stay on top of these items every day or two, you’ll minimize your to-do list and limit visual clutter. Once a week, revisit your “Later” items and take action when you can. These items might have longer lead times, like tax documents or a catalog with something you want to buy.  


3. Glamorous Office Storage

We like to think our Livy Office Accessories suit the needs of both “pilers” and “filers.” People who tend to pile papers on their desks typically need that visual reminder to deal with those to-dos. And if you like everything in its place with minimal desktop clutter, you’re a filer. Our clear acrylic File Box and Tray neatly corral action items in plain sight, killing two birds with one stone. The Livy Clipboard lets you take notes and secure papers when you’re on the go. A bonus? You can monogram any of these items!


4. Stackable Baskets

If you’re the latest KonMari convert after reading organizing expert Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” then you’ll love these all-purpose Piper Woven Stackable Baskets. Keep neatly folded items, from T-shirts to socks, standing at attention in baskets stashed away in your dresser drawers or closet shelves. They’re also great for organizing paper, office essentials and craft supplies.


5. Vertical Storage

We love Luci! Our clear acrylic Luci Wall Bins are great for clearing clutter in just about every room while letting you see what’s inside. They’re great for keeping in/out mail in the kitchen or mudroom, storing files in the office and displaying fashion accessories in your dressing area. We especially love the way they add unexpected polish in a small bathroom. Store washcloths, wrapped soaps or tissue rolls.  



6. Sort & Stash

Say goodbye to the junk drawer. With our Vintage Entryway Organizer, you can create a cubby for everyone’s everyday stuff. It’s compact size means it easily fits atop a console, kitchen counter or desk. Labels let you assign cubbies for specific items or to family members. And you can use the drawers below to store writing supplies, to-go menus, keys, chargers and more.


7. Shoe Storage

The newest addition to our Sarah Storage Collection, this versatile Bench goes anywhere. Create a pretty perch in the dressing area or at the foot of a bed with storage beneath for your shoes. The cubbies are lined in soft, pale gray fabric, so they protect expensive footwear. It fits our Farmhouse 2-Seat Bench Cushion, so you’ll always have a comfy place to sit while you’re pondering what to wear.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.