Organization Ideas!


Spring Cleaning is a common phrase that everyone is familiar with: when the weather improves, so does the state of your home. Closets are cleaned out, everything is de-cluttered, and organization runs rampant through your home. For a few (brief, in my case) moments, everything in your home has a place and everything is in order.  There are no random piles of bills and important papers lurking on counters, no piles of laundry waiting at the bottom of stairs, no craft rooms that appear to have been designated as some form of disaster area.

In my world, I don’t really have a Spring Cleaning per se; mine is more of a Back-To-School Cleaning. As a teacher in my past life, this is the time of year when I wanted my freshly sharpened pencils and clean sheets of paper to have a proper home and I wanted my home in the same order. It seems only natural to me that as school is starting in some parts of the country already (mine included), I’ll share some of my favorite organization ideas that I’ve rounded up.

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For the Craft Room:


Wrapping Paper and Ribbon Wall Rack from 33 Shades of Green


Straw Holder Ribbon Organizer from All People Quilt


Fabric Storage from Girl. Inspired.


Hanging Ribbon Organization from Creating Keepsakes

For the Pantry and Kitchen:


Cutting Board Rack from Family Handyman


Spice Organization from Home Made Happy


Pantry Organizer from Better Homes and Garden


Pantry Dividers from Martha Stewart


Weekly Meal Planner from Seven Thirty Three


Eating Charts from Lil’ Luna

For the kids:


School Paperwork Organization from I Heart Organizing


Chore Charts from Sandy Julian


Inexpensive Bookshelves from Oh Dee Doh

And the piece de resistance:


How To Fold A Fitted Sheet by Stephmodo

I love that there are so many ideas and options out there to make your home, office, craft room, whatever more organized and more efficient. This is only a small handful of the ideas I’ve stumbled across. I have many more over on my Organization Board on Pinterest!

Check out these other great post on organization:

20 Household Tips

Organizing Fabric


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  1. Courtney posted on August 12, 2011 at 4:57 am (#

    What great ideas! I agree, as a former teacher this is the time of year when I do most of my cleaning (maybe because it keeps me occupied while all my friends are going back to school, maybe because I always cleaned my classroom like a mad woman before school started). That is the best way ever to fold fitted sheets! I remember watching Martha Stewart in elementary school (because I’m THAT cool) and she demonstrated that method of folding fitted sheets. Now I can’t stand to see them folded any other way, I even have my husband trained to fold them correctly.

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:31 am (#

      I’m so glad that it isn’t just me that is obsessed with organizing this time of year! I remember seeing the sheet trick on Martha year ago too, but never could get the hang of it. I’m determined to now!

  2. Randi posted on August 12, 2011 at 5:02 am (#

    Such great ideas – thanks for sharing. I always look forward to fall organizing as well … I think having the kids back into their routines makes it feel like a good time to get everything reorganized after the summer chaos.

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:32 am (#

      You are welcome! I guess it nevver made sense to organize in the spring to me. Heaven knows it wasn’t going to stay organized once we got of school for the summer! Fall organizing just makes *much* more sense to me. :)

  3. Christy posted on August 12, 2011 at 5:31 am (#

    Love them all! Thanks for sharing.

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:33 am (#

      You are so welcome Christy!

  4. Nancy C posted on August 12, 2011 at 5:48 am (#

    As a fellow teacher, back to school time leaves me saying, “Must organize everything!” Love these ideas and FINALLY someone showed me how to fold a fitted sheet! I can now stop rolling them in a ball and shoving them in a closet!

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:34 am (#

      Isn’t that sheet folding genius?!? I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post!

  5. Gabrielle posted on August 12, 2011 at 9:03 am (#

    Love love love!! I am itching to get started. I put up a post linking back to you. The staw holder ribbon storage is my favorite.

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:38 am (#

      Thank you for sharing the post Gabrielle! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it that much!

  6. Colette posted on August 12, 2011 at 6:16 am (#

    Me too!! I am a HUGE “Back to School” cleaner/organizer as well. :) Great ideas, I loved each of them. Now following you on Pinterest!

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:34 am (#

      Awesome! I’m so glad to have you on Pinterest! I’ll have to follow you back. :)

  7. Kim @ seven thirty three posted on August 12, 2011 at 6:40 am (#

    Thanks for the feature!

    I’m loving that fabric storage idea!

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:35 am (#

      You are so welcome! I love that weekly meal plan book. Seriously amazing!

  8. Lisa posted on August 12, 2011 at 7:01 am (#
  9. Jen posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:15 am (#

    Before I got to the end I was thinking the whole time, “someone spent some time on Pinterest!” :) I’m so obsessed!

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:35 am (#

      Yes. My name is Katie and I am a Pinterest Addict. The first step is admitting I have a problem, right? ;)

  10. PattyC posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:34 am (#

    Absolutely Awesome post – This is sooooo helpful – Especially for larger families with limited space – Such as mine – Great information – Thank you ;)

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:36 am (#

      You are so welcome Patty! I am so glad you found some of these ideas helpful!

  11. kathye posted on August 12, 2011 at 8:56 am (#

    {Jaw Drop;}
    Oh my gooses. These are amazing. My OCD is going NUTS!!!!!!
    What an amazing post. It is getting me off my tush and I am going to go organize.
    Thanks soooo much!

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:37 am (#

      Kathye, can I just say that “Oh My Gooses” literally made me laugh out loud? I’m glad that someone shares my OCD tendencies!

  12. Heather posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:21 am (#

    I could not believe me eyes, someone knows how to fold a fitted sheet that perfectly? I am in awe!! I just wad it up into a big ball and stuff it into the linen closet.

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:39 am (#

      Now there are no excuses, right? ;)

      {That’s what I keep telling myself…}

  13. Tanya Phillips posted on August 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm (#

    wow, some really cool ideas! And I am off to try folding a sheet, lol!

    • Katie posted on August 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm (#

      Thanks Tanya! You’ll have to let us know how the sheet folding goes!

  14. Shileen @ The Wonder Woman Challenge posted on August 13, 2011 at 7:38 am (#

    Such cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

  15. alissa@33shadesofgreen posted on August 13, 2011 at 9:03 am (#

    Hi Katie – Thanks so much for sharing my wrapping paper & ribbon rack! I love the cutting board rack – what a great idea. I could really use one of those!

    • Katie posted on August 13, 2011 at 11:00 am (#

      Alissa, your wrapping paper and ribbon rack was amazing! I had to share it! I’m so glad you found some inspiration from other ideas too!

  16. Valentina@baby quilts posted on August 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm (#

    Such neat ideas, thank for posting them. I always struggle with fitted sheets and no matter how hard I try they come out wrinkled – thanks for the folding tip!

  17. Jenny @ Simcoe Street posted on August 15, 2011 at 4:21 am (#

    Great roundup!

  18. Kristen Duke Photography posted on August 16, 2011 at 6:06 am (#

    Oh man, I need someone to come in and organize for me…

  19. Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 posted on August 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm (#

    So many clever and fabulous ideas! I’m pinning a few to try next month when I finally get my craft room in order!

  20. christina posted on August 23, 2011 at 9:41 am (#

    Great collection of ideas, thank you!!