Our 17 Best Storage and Organization Ideas, Just in Time for Spring Cleaning
Spring has sprung—and so has that urge to reorganize the entire house, tame the pile of papers teetering in your home office, finally slow the amount of clutter collecting in your kitchen junk drawer, and make sure you never misplace those pesky car keys again. It might sound counterintuitive, but the key to creating solutions that will keep you organized throughout the year is adding a few items to your home first.
Hear us out! If your workflow is interrupted by endless clutter and space-hogging materials, Martha's Staples collection—from desk organizers to storage systems and file folders—is designed to streamline every aspect of your office life. In the kitchen, Martha knows all too well the benefits of optimizing every inch of space, keeping tools and other pantry staples well stocked in her sleek yet classic collection of kitchenware. You can find organizers like this set of melamine bowls in a range of pretty pastels for spring that will help make meal prep a breeze. Plus, Martha's collection at Macy's also features fresh items for the bedroom that can be easily stored in between season—like the quilt and tote set included in our roundup.
We're also sharing a few craft ideas to help introduce new organizers into other areas of your home, including the kid's play space and the foyer or mudroom. Items from Martha's collaboration with Michael's will help you there. It's "out with the old and in with the new" with these organizing solutions. Click through to shop products that will get the job done.
Perfectly Folded Bedding
Tackle the linen closet once and for all with this trick: Once folded, store the flat and fitted sheets inside a pillow case. Not only does it keep your sheet sets together, it also does away with precariously stacked linens. Thinking it's time for new bedding? The Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's has you covered with these cotton percale solids.
Chalkboard Paint Calendar
Do you still have a 2018 calendar hanging in your home office? Break out Martha's chalkboard paint from Michaels in your favorite colors and create a calendar template on a spare wall. Mark it up throughout the month, then erase and start fresh. You'll never miss a doctor's appointment or dinner party again.
Stackable Organization Solutions
Overflowing accordion files and ripped paper folders aren't the best at keeping your important documents safe. Replace worn out office supplies with stackable organizers available from Martha's office collection at Staples. Keep more timely materials within reach in neatly stacked inboxes and tuck away records inside file boxes with lids.
Storage Bins for the Kids
Get the family organized with this quick and easy craft from Martha and Michales. Create personalized canvas bins using Martha's adhesive stencils and craft paints for the kids to store their belongings, school supplies, and toys. Let each family member personalize their own bin with favorite motifs, designs, or their nickname.
Instead of hastily flipping through your notebook trying to find a page sans scribble, opt for a new one that's customized to your organizational needs. Once you have the shell of this notebook picked out (we love the bright Martha blue!), add paper, dividers, plastic pockets, a checklist memo pad, and more. When you run out of writing space, switch out the used pages for new. This multi-tasking notebook is part of Martha's office collection at Staples.
Chalkboard Task Lists
Create a reusable to-do list or weekly chores chart using Martha's chalkboard craft paints and stencils available at Michaels. Teach the kids how to keep track of school assignments, extracurricular activities, and goals.
Nested Bowls with Lids
Avid bakers are all too familiar with recipes that call for ingredients to be mixed in separate bowls. And when all is said and done, you've used almost everything in your kitchen. Replace your set of mismatched mixing bowls with a set that nests—we promise it makes a huge difference. You'll have the versatility of multiple bowls in various sizes, but they'll only take up the space of one. This colorful set from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's is made from durable melamine and comes with lids for food storage.
Quilt and Tote Set
Now that warmer spring weather is here, swap your heavy winter comforter for a lighter quilt. This bedding set from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's is a real multi-tasker. Not only is it two-sided–bright floral and colorful stripes–giving you multiple ways to decorate your bedroom, it also includes a matching tote bag for storage and portability. When the season changes, store it compactly in the linen closet. It's also easy to take with you to the beach or park.
Bamboo Spice Rack with Jars
Variety is the spice of life, but sometimes it can take up valuable space in the kitchen. Condense your seasonings into a rack that does double duty; this one from Martha's collection at Macy's can be folded flat for drawer storage or used easel-style on the countertop. The bamboo construction is eco-friendly and 16 spices are included, from basil and oregano to pizza seasoning and herbes de provence.
Angled Utensil Tray
Make the most of shallow kitchen drawers with a divided tray that will keep contents organized and in place when the drawer is in motion. The diagonal spacers allow you to separate flatware, cooking gadgets, and other extra long tools in a clear view for quick finds. This version from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's is made from eco-friendly bamboo.
Do-It-All Cutlery Set
If you prefer having your cooking tools within reach on the counter, condense them into a block. This 30-piece assortment from the Martha Stewart Collection created for Macy's includes everything from measuring spoons and scissors to a chef's knife and can opener.
Food Storage Canister Set
Sacks of flour and sugar can get messy and cause the ingredients to go stale. Pack these cooking and baking must-haves into canisters that can either sit on the counter or live in the pantry. Look for varieties that have a tight sealing lid to keep clouds of powder at bay, like these from Martha's collection created for Macy's. We prefer to store in glass containers, that way you can easily view the contents.
The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything
Always the teacher, Martha has compiled her best storage and organization knowledge into one resourceful guide. The 400-page, fully-illustrated book features 12 chapters covering how-to topics like maximizing closet space, arranging the pantry, and curating your kids' artwork.
Chalkboard Paint Sideboard
Setting up for dinner parties is a breeze when you know exactly where the dinnerware and linens are stored. Revamp your dining room sideboard with a coat of Martha's chalkboard paint and customize it with stenciled drawer identifiers, all available at Michaels.
Stenciled Entryway Table
You walk in the front door and put your keys down in a place you think you'll remember the next day, but when morning comes, they're nowhere to be found. Position a small table near the entryway to catch keys, loose change, sunglasses, and all of the other things that need a home outside of your pockets. Brush on a coat of Martha's Vintage Decor paint and use stencils to match your entryway décor, all available at Michaels.
Chic Desk Organizers
Elevate the look of your desktop with these chic organizers from Martha's office collection designed for Staples. Brass accents and colorful linen bases bring pops of color to the sleek glass vessels.
Office Storage System
Clear the clutter from your home workspace with durable storage containers that can be securely stacked atop one another, saving you valuable space. These bins from Martha's collection at Staples feature raised lids, so they won't topple over, and labels to easily identify contents. Choose the size that's right for your needs and find a place for everything.