Top 10 Organizing Tips You Need to Try

HGTV asked viewers to share their best decluttering and organizing tips. See which clever life hacks made the list.

Door Storage
"I love the hanging clear shoe organizers! I have one on the inside of every door in my house. One is in the entryway for hats, gloves and scarves, another in the garage for nails, screwdrivers and smaller items and one in the bathroom for trial-size items. I use one in the kitchen for spices and small bags and another in the linen closet for washcloths and pillow cases. And of course, one in my closet for shoes — how clever!" —Christine Frazer

Over-the-Door Organizer With Clear Pockets

Over-the-Door Organizer With Clear Pockets

Photo by: Courtesy of the Manufacturer for HGTV Magazine

Courtesy of the Manufacturer for HGTV Magazine

T is for Toaster
"Use an A-Z accordion file for storing instruction booklets for appliances and electronics. Staple the receipt to the inside of the booklet and then file it under the letter of the alphabet it fits. Example: toaster goes under T and not under the brand name. This system makes it possible for anyone in the household to find instruction booklets without having to ask or search the entire house since they're all stored in one location." —Beth Butler

Organize Household Files in Vertical Storage Containers for Easy Access

Organize Household Files in Vertical Storage Containers for Easy Access

Photo by: DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Race to the Finish
"Before the kids go to bed, have a 10-minute race to see who can pick up the most stuff." —Susan Ramsay

Toy Storage in Window Seat

Toy Storage in Window Seat

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Project Central
"Use photo storage boxes to sort and store buttons, threads, elastic and trims. Use plastic sweater-size storage boxes to keep all items of a project together, such as fabric, pattern, thread, drawings and ideas, then name the project and label the box." —Marsha Coble-Karman

Pottery Barn Kids Storage Boxes

Pottery Barn Kids Storage Boxes

It's in the Bag
"Store plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box." —Marsha J. Robinson

Hammered Stainless Steel Tissue Box Cover

Hammered Stainless Steel Tissue Box Cover

Box It Up
"Use plastic school pencil boxes with lids to organize your medicine cabinet. Sort all medicines by type and put them in the boxes. Then label the side of the box and store on a shelf in the cabinet. I use the same types of boxes to keep my junk drawer organized as well." —Holly Robinson

Neat Method: Bathroom Organization Project in Minneapolis

Neat Method: Bathroom Organization Project in Minneapolis

Photo by: Neat Method

Neat Method

Clothes by Occasion
"I organize clothes by the four uses I have for them: formal, work, casual and sport. I keep all clothes for those different categories in different parts of my closet. From there, I organize my clothes by color and style (for example, short- and long-sleeved shirts or pants and skirts) so that it's easier to create outfits and think of different options." —Kelli Smith Orrela

Organized Closet Sorted by Color

Organized Closet Sorted by Color

Photo by: Melanie Acevedo

Melanie Acevedo

Seasonal Shoes
"I store out-of-season shoes in shoe boxes in the top of my closet. I write a description of the summer shoe on one end of the box for storage during winter. I use the same box for my winter shoes and write the description on the other end." —Diane Walton

Organize Shoes With Uniform Boxes

Organize Shoes With Uniform Boxes

Photo by: Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox; 2 Ivy Lane

Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox; 2 Ivy Lane

Dual-Purpose Dresser
"I use my daughter's dresser to organize her toys. I hang most of her clothes in her closet then use the top two drawers in her dresser for pjs and undergarments. The last three drawers, which are easy for her to reach and open, store her toys. One drawer is for Barbies and accessories, another for baby dolls and accessories and the third for small objects like Legos. Each drawer keeps like toys together so we both know where a specific toy is, along with its accessories. It also helps her keep her room neat and makes cleanup easier for her." —Trish Bosso

Toy Storage for Genevieve Gorder's Daughter

Toy Storage for Genevieve Gorder's Daughter

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Photo by: Deborah Jaffe

Deborah Jaffe

The Easy Way to Donate
"I keep a cardboard box in my laundry room for clothes that need to go to the thrift store. When I sort the laundry I toss in the clothes my kids have outgrown. When it's full, I simply put the box in the car and drop it off at a local shelter or thrift store." —Lisa Christianson

"Too Small" Box in Child's Closet

"Too Small" Box in Child's Closet

Photo by: Darla DeMorrow, HeartWork Organizing

Darla DeMorrow, HeartWork Organizing

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