Our team of organizing experts offers their top tidying tips, tools, and affordable finds guaranteed to help you bring order to your home once and for all.
By Laura Serino
2. Slip your movie collection into DVD albums, organized by genre—comedies, dramas, and cartoons—so it's a cinch to flip through. Recycle the empty cases through freecycle.org. -Regina Leeds, author of One Year to an Organized Work Life (Da Capo)
3. Keep shelves tidy by rolling kids' T-shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts instead of folding. -Stephanie Vozza, founder of theorganizedparent.com
4. Rather than splurge on a pricey charging station for phones and iPods, make one out of a console or table by drilling small holes for the cords in the back of a top drawer. -Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet
5. Avoid "my house is a mess" panic when unexpected guests drop in. Leave an empty storage ottoman or basket out for quick cleanups—make sure it's big enough to stash toys, magazines, and throws. -Alicia Rockmore, founder of Buttoned Up, Inc.
6. Multitask while watching your favorite TV show by sorting and organizing a messy drawer. -Donna Smallin, author of A to Z Storage Solutions (Storey)
7. A handsome vintage cabinet or sleek modern console can cleverly hide everything from books and games to a flat-screen TV. -Kim Myles, host of Myles of Style
8. Keep ladles, tongs, and spatulas in place by attaching adhesive Velcro strips to both the handles and the bottom of the utensil drawer. -Julie Edelman, author of The Ultimate Accidental Housewife (Hyperion)