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The holiday season has officially begun, and there’s no better time of year to incorporate some fresh new lifehacks into your organizational life.

“But it’s only the first week of November!”

Yes, that’s true, but on November 1st Starbucks switched to those red holiday cups. There’s no going back now.

Whether you’re self-employed, a small business owner, or an employee at a small business or startup, the level of organization in your home has a direct impact on your work habits and productivity. This is the case regardless of whether or not you actually work from home.

Leaving an organized home, and coming back to one at the end of a long day or night, refreshes both body and mind. It does something to you, psychologically. It provides an overall feeling that you’ve got it together, you’re in control, and you’re brimming with power and creativity. It’s that kind of attitude – in addition to the home lifehacks you can apply at the office – that will grow your business, gain clients’ trust, and make you seriously think about throwing the office holiday party at your place this year.

Here are a few of our favorite organizational lifehacks for home (and office!):

1. DVD/CD cases for creative storage

We’re not talking about old CD cases that used to contain music CDs, oh no. Collect the blank CD and DVD cases that come with 50 to 100 blank, recordable discs. These have cool plastic tops and enough room to serve as mini storage containers. You can wrap coiled ribbon around the center, or use them to store men’s ties.

2. The Old Entertainment Center

With the advent of flatscreen TVs, gigantic television entertainment centers are becoming big heavy eye sores in many people’s homes. But don’t list it on Craig’s List just yet! You old entertainment center could function as a:

  • Craft Cupboard – add some smaller shelving and store art supplies, tools, paints, and ribbon
  • Display case – open up the doors of the center to showcase framed photographs, collectibles,  and unique trinkets
  • Dresser – move the center into the bedroom to create tons of storage space for sweaters and other foldable clothing items

3. Lazy Susan

These aren’t just for the kitchen anymore!  A swirling Susan can be placed inside your closet as a makeshift shoe rack, on a dresser as a movable jewelry box, or in the bathroom to give you easy access to toiletries.

4. Organize your Cords

Smartphone, laptop, tablet, eReader…nowadays, each one of use comes with 4 to 5 devices in tow, and darn it, we need to charge them! Until everything is wireless all the time, finding a way to organize all of those cords is essential to creating an organized home or office. Nothing looks worse than a tangled mess of dusty electronic tails!

Create a cord “docking station” with binder clips. Secure each binder clip to the edge of a table or desk. The metal portion of the clip holds the plug-in part of the cord, and the rest of the cord will remain untangled. You can also label each cord with bread bag clips. Write on each clip with permanent marker and slip into onto the appropriate cord – they fit perfectly!

5. Egg Cartons

Save old egg cartons to you as mini-storage spaces. Think about it – each carton has 12 built-in compartments that can separate jewelry, flash drives, beads, paper clips, or whatever is most difficult for you to keep track of. You can have fun painting and labeling the cartons too. Try these categories on for size:

  • Earrings
  • Rings
  • Office supplies
  • Spices
  • Ornaments
  • Paints (use each carton as a painter’s palette!)
  • Seeds – plant a flower or herb in each individual compartment

You can also use ice cube trays for the same things.

This is the perfect time of year to get organized for the holidays – it’s not too late to incorporate some fun organizational tricks into the home, and we still have two more months of Candy Cane Lattes.