We all have one or two. Those friends who alphabetize their spice rack, can’t sit through a movie because they have “work to do,” and whose homes are so organized you feel a little awkward even sitting on the couch. Perhaps that friend even helps you stay organized or maybe you just cringe when he or she walks into your perfectly assembled chaos knowing they are just dying to clean up. You may have different ideas of organization but you can show them you appreciate their neat-freakness by giving them some gifts to keep things tidy all year round.
This is assuming, of course, that they don’t already have everything labeled. Even if they do, we are almost positive they’d appreciate a unique way to label everything. God forbid storage boxes, canisters and drawers go unlabeled. These creative chalkboard label stickers assure everything is in its place and can be easily found. Your friend may even label your thank you note. (Amazon, $10)
Gone are the days that the neat and organized had to store away all their important information in a big, metal office style file cabinet. There are so many more stylish options that would look great in any room. Which is perfect since neat freaks might want to organize important documents, owner’s manuals, or even photos by which room of the house they are most likely to be used. This cabinet has a nice, rustic feel which is ideal for using as a corner decoration as well as a main decoration. (Amazon, $155)
Type-A personalities always like to have a plan. A new year means it’s time for a new calendar and a whole new set of plans, goals and agendas. Don’t just get your friends any calendar or planner, get them one that is simple to use and organized in itself, like the Cozi Family Organizer App for the Android. This app allows you to manage not only your schedule, but your family's as well. Keep track of to-do lists, grocery lists, chore lists, and upcoming events. Plus it’s free! (Amazon, $0)
I can assure you your neat friends don’t have a junk drawer and if they do, it is driving them crazy. Help alleviate a little stress this year by giving them some containers to store all their little odds and ends. We are loving the glass jar look. Use the Chalkboard stickers to label each jar, and wallah! They now have one-of-a-kind storage that will be sure to impress anyone who walks in their home.
If your clean freak friend is also a bit of a germ-a-phobe, a touch-free soap dispenser will be right up their cleanliness alley. There’s nothing like going to wash your hands and having to touch a wet, grimy dispenser. Or worse yet having to touch the dispenser after you just cracked a few eggs or breaded a chicken breast. This dispenser will ensure they get the soap they need without transferring germs all over the kitchen. (Amazon, $40)
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