My Favorite Organizing Resources

One thing you should know about me is that I’m an obsessive researcher, which is awesome for you! I’ve compiled all of my absolute FAVORITE organization products, tools, books and resources into this one ever-growing page.

These are my personal favorites right now, but that doesn’t mean this is an exhaustive list! I’d love for you to comment with your recommendations to add to this list. I’m always looking for new things to try out!

This page includes affiliate links to many of my recommendations. That means I may earn a small commission for referring you but I, of course, only recommend resources I personally love! See my disclosure here.

Budgeting

  • You Need A Budget (YNAB) – YNAB has been a game changer for managing our person finances! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read more in this blog post. There is an annual subscription fee, but I’ve tried many of the free tools out there and can honestly say YNAB has been worth every penny.

Calendars/Planners/Time Management

  • Crush Your Week: The Complete Guide To Designing An Intentional Weekly Routine (by yours truly) – This action guide will help you through the step-by-step process of creating a weekly routine. Stop the chaos and get life under control! Lots of worksheets included in this eBook.
  • Organize Your Week Free E-Course – Save your sanity and learn how to create a weekly routine during my free email course.
  • Dreams by Design Planner – This planner is not only beautiful, but also masterfully laid out to help you focus your dreams into daily to-dos.
  • Google Calendar – I’m a longtime user of this calendar, and love how simple it is to add appointments on my phone, invite others to events and share entire calendars with family members and co-workers.
  • Enchanted Prints Inspirational Calendar Subscription – My friend Michelle will send you beautiful calendars, device wallpapers and planner pages all year long. I always enjoy the inspirational quotes and pretty designs she creates!
  • InkWELL Press LiveWELL Planner – This paper is such high quality that it’s easy to use all my favorite pens without any bleed. I like using the A5 inserts so I can put them in a small binder. Follow this link to get $10 off your first $50 order.
  • Make Over Your Mornings E-Course by Crystal Paine – This course is a helpful resource for putting a morning routine in place. It’s how I finally started waking up earlier in the mornings.
  • The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders – Love this attitude of attacking your day head-on by getting up early and focusing on your biggest priorities. His podcast is also full of helpful tips!
  • The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner – A great book for motivating yourself to use the small pockets of time in your day to take care of yourself instead of everyone else all the time.
  • Toggl – Use this free tool to track time spent on various projects at work. You can set up color-coded projects and multiple clients if you need, then export colorful charts and reports to impress your boss (that’s what I did?)

Read about how I organize my planner here, and how I plan my weekly routine here.

Email

  • Boomerang Gmail App – This app saves me so much time! It lets you schedule emails to send at a later time, which is very helpful for sending reminders and you can also get reminders to follow up on emails that don’t get a response in a certain number of days.
  • Gmail – I swear by Gmail! Check out some of the extras you can add on to make it even easier. One of my favorites is Boomerang, which lets me schedule emails to send at a later time. I can also tell it to remind me at a later time if I don’t receive a response to a certain email, which makes it easy to follow up.
  • Unroll.me – This is my secret weapon for keeping my email inbox under control. Combine all of the newsletters you receive into a daily digest so you have less email clutter to deal with. I blogged about it here (it’s free!).

Read my seven steps to ruthlessly organize your email here.

File Storage

  • Dropbox – I have the mobile app set up to automatically upload photos from my iPhone to my Dropbox account. This way I can access my photos on my computer without emailing them to myself like I used to. It also means I can delete old photos off my phone to clear up storage space.
  • Google Drive – I literally store almost all of my files in Google Drive. It’s so stinkin’ simple to use and keeps everything in one place that can be accessed from any device.
  • Keeper – Keeper is an app for storing passwords. I know I’m not the only one with a gazillion variations of user names and passwords to remember, which is why this app is a lifesaver!
  • Scannable – This app turns your phone’s camera into a scanner, no clunky equipment needed! Just hold your camera over a document and it will turn it into a high-quality PDF that you can email anywhere or file away in Evernote.

Household Organization

  • Clear Storage Bins – I love having extras of these around so it’s easy to organize the chaos around the house. I store all of my seasonal decor in these and stack in our basement. It’s key to have clear bins so you can see what’s inside!
  • Command Hooks – I love these things and use them everywhere in my house.
  • Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle – This bundle is packed with ebooks, courses and printables. The topics range from decluttering your home and organizing digital + paper clutter, to creating systems and meal planning.
  • Conquer Your Kitchen Crash Course – A free five-week email course jam-packed full tips, tricks and ideas for de-cluttering and improving function in each and every area of your kitchen.
  • Cube Storage Baskets/Bins – These are perfect for storing so many different things! I use them on bookshelves and under benches to keep things tidy.
  • Intentionally Organized Free E-Course – This free e-course will help you get organized and boost your productivity.
  • The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – This book helped me look at organizing from a whole different perspective than I had before. Read my main takeaways here.
  • Mason Jars – I love having these jars around the house for storing food, craft supplies, kitchen utensils, dog treats and other odds and ends.
  • The Paperless Home E-Book – This detailed guide will teach you how to go completely paperless at your house. No more piles of paper cluttering up the place!
  • Tackle Boxes – Use these to organize small items all together like craft supplies, batteries, sewing notions, etc.

Office Organization

  • Binders – Perfect for keeping documents organized! I love colorful binders with clear covers so you can insert a title page in the front and on the binding.
  • Color Coded Tabs – These are the best!
  • Decorative Storage Boxes – These are my favorite for organizing office supplies, craft supplies and paper.
  • Laminator – I love having a laminator so I can print custom labels and laminate them for durability.

To-Do Lists

  • Asana – This free app/website is absolutely amazing for managing complex projects, recurring tasks, deadlines and even team members. It’s free unless you’re adding a ton of users. I use it to organize all of my projects for my marketing job and for my blog. It’s more robust than you need for a simple grocery list, but a lifesaver for keeping track of a lot of projects and to-dos.
  • Evernote – I use the little checkbox bullet points for simple lists like grocery lists. It’s also great for saving notes and storing documents – the search function makes it easy to find them back later!
  • Todoist –  Very simple list app/website that lets you set up color-coded tags and projects. Also great for creating recurring tasks. And it’s free!

Read about my to-do list method here and download the free daily list printable.

Find more inspiration and tips in my Organization Project Gallery

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