5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Organized This Year

Let's face it — "easy" is the only way it's going to get done.

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We're approaching the two-week mark of the new year, and for so many people, that's about the time resolutions start to slide. After all, we've been obsessively counting calories, putting in time at the gym and doing our best to keep the house in tip-top shape for the last 15 days. But we're only human, and life happens. That's okay!

Instead of beating yourself up for not being able to be a perfect robot, let's regroup. If you, like me, are starting to realize that maybe an entire year of driving yourself (not to mention everyone around you) crazy obsessing over changing your entire lifestyle isn't really worth it, maybe it's time for a different approach — one that focuses on easy (and cute) organization.

 Family Chore Jars

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Turn household chores into a game with these customized chore jars.

Keeping the house clean and organized shouldn't be entirely left up to you. Make it easy for your kids and significant other to know exactly what is expected of them with an adorable chore station that makes functional fun.

 DIY Flip Calendar

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Learn how to make a personalized calendar for your desk.

Great for your desk at work or home, this standing flip calendar lets you enjoy your photos outside of your phone. Bonus? Once you make this calendar, you can use it every year. Just update the pictures whenever you're ready for a change.

 Oversized Cork Calendar

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Stay organized during the school year with this DIY cork calendar.

If you prefer a calendar that can handle the whole family's activities, this large cork calendar is the way to go. You can move the dates for each month and easily change things up as needed. Plus, it's a great way to keep track of coupons, tickets and more.

 Family Binder

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Keep your household organized and on time with this DIY family binder.

Another easy way to keep the family organized is with a DIY family binder. It's the one-stop spot for emergency contacts, important paperwork, receipts, coupons and even take-out menus. Train the family to look here first for the week's meal plan, signed releases for school and important numbers and addresses, and gain a little peace for yourself.

 Pretty Pegboard Storage

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Discover three new ways to incorporate pegboard into your home.

Easy, inexpensive and full of options, installing a pegboard at home might be all you need to truly organize your space once and for all. Whether you've been dying to organize all your craft supplies, need a better situation for your garden tools or just want a cute way to display your favorite pieces, a pegboard may be the versatile wall treatment of your dreams.

Creative Ways to Use Pegboard

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Perfect Pot and Pan Display

Channel Julia Child’s iconic organization with a chic pegboard to hold all your kitchen's pots, pans and utensils. Don't forget to trace each cookware's shape! Especially adaptable for a small space, pegboard looks upscale when painted black, as blogger Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess has done here.

Photo By: A Beautiful Mess

Mudroom Meets Pegboard

With a fresh coat of neutral paint, pegboard seamlessly blends into any room of the home — including a mudroom where essentials for the whole family are kept. As little ones grow, the pegboard can easily accommodate new gear.

Level Up the Laundry Room

Laundry room in the basement and no solution for covering up pipes and concrete? Enter pegboard. Organizing Made Fun blogger Becky Barnfather painted her pegboard a cheery green and white design to add style and function to the area.

Giant Craft Pegboard

When using pegboard, the actual board is just the beginning. Adding shelves, buckets and baskets gives your design one-of-a-kind style for your one-of-a-kind crafts. Blogger Ginger Bowie of Ginger Snap Crafts framed her DIY craft wall with trim for a more sophisticated look.

Pegboard Nightlight

Cast a starry night sky in your child's bedroom with a DIY pegboard nightlight by Stephanie Todaro of Maker Made. Who knew pegboard had so many clever and unexpected uses?

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt; Design By Stephanie Todaro

Streamlined Workspace

Floor-to-ceiling pegboard makes a statement in this studio of craft blogger Mandy Pellegrin from Fabric Paper Glue. A monochromatic black and white palette lets the colorful craft supplies pop.

Practical Bedside Manners

Add simple style in the bedroom with furniture that incorporates pegboard, such as this side table from Homebase Collections. The dotted design looks crisp and clean — you'll forget it's even pegboard!

Everything Above the Kitchen Sink

Create a budget-friendly backsplash that keeps day-to-day items organized and within reach. For an easy pop of color in the kitchen, paint the pegboard rather than leaving it white. Learn how to install this pegboard backsplash at DIYNetwork.com.

Photo By: Lindsay Raymondjack ©Designs by Joanne Palmisano, photos by Susan Teare

Ultimate Garage Storage

A garage gets a massive functional upgrade with this pegboard and shelving installation by author and blogger Cyndy Aldred of The Creativity Exchange. A variety of hooks and baskets hold paint supplies and tools for effortless organization.

Photo By: Cyndy Aldred

Precious Pegboard Collections

You know all those rocks and shells from your travels that you stuff in bags or drawers? Give them prize of place in this do-it-yourself pegboard project from blogger Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay.

Photo By: Joni Lay

Pegboard Headboard

A pegboard in the bedroom? When it's as clean and chic as this, we say yes! Those with a penchant for practical design will appreciate the simplicity of this headboard created by blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth. Bonus: The headboard doubles as a nightstand to hold a book or two.

Photo By: Ashley Rose

Style Your Supplies

Tempted to fill in every inch of space on your pegboard? Blogger Jennie Larsen of Craft-O-Maniac has styled her pegboard for decor and function. Add artwork, buckets for loose supplies and shelves for added storage with style.

Maximize the Kitchen Island

This midcentury modern kitchen prep station by Wake The Tree uses metal pegboards for added function and super style. The sunny metal holds spatulas and spoons while maintaining durability and easy cleanup in what can be one of the messiest places of the home.

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Photo By: Wake The Tree

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