DIY Home Organization Projects to Start the Year Cluttering-Free

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As the new year dawns, it brings with it the promise of a fresh start and the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate our living spaces. Embracing the philosophy of Marie Kondo, who champions the joy of tidying up, this blog delves into several DIY home organization projects that not only clear out the clutter but also infuse a sense of calm and joy into every corner of your home.

1. Declutter with a Purpose

The journey begins with decluttering. Inspired by Kondo’s method, the project starts by categorizing items into clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental objects. The key is to hold each item and ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If it doesn’t, thank it for its service and let it go. This process isn’t just about getting rid of things; it’s about acknowledging and appreciating how each object has served you.

2. Creative Storage Solutions

After decluttering, it’s time to organize what remains. Innovative storage solutions can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. For instance, repurpose old jars or boxes for storing small items like stationery or sewing supplies. Create a unique bookshelf using reclaimed wood for a rustic touch. These DIY storage ideas not only keep things organized but also add a personal touch to your decor.

3. Maximizing Space with Vertical Storage

In smaller homes, space is a premium. Vertical storage is a game-changer. Installing floating shelves or hanging organizers in closets can dramatically increase storage capacity. This approach is particularly effective in areas like the kitchen or bathroom, where counter space is limited.

4. Labeling for Ease

A place for everything and everything in its place. Once you’ve organized your items, labeling is essential. Whether it’s using a label maker or hand-writing tags, labeling helps maintain the organization system. It’s not just about knowing where things go; it’s about creating a system that everyone in the household can follow.

5. Creating a Paper Management System

Paper clutter can be overwhelming. Creating a DIY filing system helps keep important documents in check. Designate a space for incoming mail, bills, and other documents. Use folders or binders to categorize and store important papers, ensuring they are easily accessible yet out of sight.

6. Transforming Spaces with DIY Decor

Organization meets creativity when you undertake DIY decor projects. Transform a simple storage box with decorative paper or fabric. Paint an old dresser and use it as a new storage unit. These projects not only help in organizing but also bring a fresh look to your space.

7. Seasonal Rotation and Storage

Seasonal items can take up unnecessary space. Creating a system for rotating these items is crucial. Use vacuum-seal bags for out-of-season clothing, and store holiday decorations in clearly labeled bins. This not only frees up space but also makes it easier to find these items when needed.

8. Implementing a ‘One-In, One-Out’ Rule

To maintain a clutter-free home throughout the year, adopt a ‘one-in, one-out’ rule. For every new item that comes into your home, one item must leave. This practice encourages mindful purchasing and helps keep clutter at bay.


Embarking on these DIY home organization projects is more than just a cleaning exercise. It’s a transformative journey that brings joy and harmony to your living space. As Marie Kondo would say, the objective is not just to organize your home but to fill it with items that spark joy, creating a sanctuary that reflects and nurtures your life. Let this year be the start of a clutter-free, joy-filled home.