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16 Ways To Make 2016 Your Most Organized Year Yet

Whether you resolve to eat healthier, get more sleep or plan that dream vacation in the new year, your ability to organize yourself and your things will only allow you to accomplish your goals more effectively.

We're not talking about merely color-coding some folders and putting all your pens in one area. This is about making small changes that will transform your place into a space that helps you thrive in other areas -- whether you're resolving to eat at home more often, get rid of some emotional or physical baggage, make a career change or feel a bit happier on a daily basis.

Below, check out 16 ways to make your home a bit more organized for a productive year ahead.

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First things first: cleverly deal with those mounds of extra wrapping paper.
Organizing and de-cluttering your holiday decorations will make you oh-so-happy this time next year.
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Next, start laying your month out on the wall.
Ciburbanity
Save your tabletop for eating with loved ones and your desktop for perusing a passion project. Use narrow walls, like the one shown here, to organize your household and see all the vacation days you should be taking. Head over to Ciburbanity for more details on how to make this project come to life.
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Plan that dream vacation NOW.
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Don't wait till the new year begins and plans pile up. Sit down at your newly cleaned desk space, pull out a calendar and mark off the days you plan to use for vacation.
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Invest in a slow cooker.
JCPenny
Want a new year filled with healthier meals and more time eating at home? Then invest in a slow cooker, which will allow you to cook one meal that will last the entire week.

Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Oval Slow Cooker, $21.99
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Carve out time for a creative project.
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Whether you spend time with an adult coloring book or a DIY project, the benefits of devoting time to a creative endeavor are clear. Experts say the activities are great ways for adults to de-stress and unlock some inner creative potential.
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Make something beautiful of those exposed wires you can't stand.
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Find more space in your closet.
Joy Mangano HSN
Stop with the clunky, mismatched hangers. Your closet has so much more space than you think, and these slim, narrow hangers will show you just how much of it you're wasting.Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers 6-pack, $5.95
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But think twice before tossing those dry cleaner hangers.
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That small piece of colorful material that sits at the top of every dry cleaner hanger is actually the best way to remove deodorant marks from clothes.
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Vow to prioritize sleep.
Bed Bath and Beyond
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Simplify your morning routine by using mason jars to organize bathroom clutter.
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And using spice racks for additional products.
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Then use desk drawer organizers to sort and store makeup.
Project via Hometalker Becky @Organizing Made Fun
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Make the most of your small space.
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And find storage in unexpected places.
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Or purchase double-duty furniture.
West Elm
Hide storage all over your house, with items like this coffee table from West Elm. West Elm Industrial Storage Coffee Table, $599
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And if you do only one thing, simply clean up your space.
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Experts say that cleaning, de-cluttering and organizing your space will make you appreciate your home in ways you didn't before.

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