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10 Favorite organizers & calendars for moms

Julie Kraut is a freelance writer and the author of Slept Away and Hot Mess. Visit JulieKraut.com for more.




Mommy organizers and calendars

The title of "Mommy" brings many wonderful things into your life -- love, hugs and cute little smiles. What it doesn’t bring is extra time and space. And really, moms are the people who need those two things most. With that in mind, SheKnows found 10 low-cost organization items especially for moms that will help maximize time and space.

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Post-it Pockets

These are the ultimate in quickie organization. The pockets stick firmly but are repositionable as well. They can turn any flat area -- a wall, fridge or door -- into a space- and sanity-saving organization tool. The pockets come in multiple sizes, making them perfect for receipts, bills, school paperwork, stickers or whatever comes your way. See the whole collectionn at Post-it.com.

Monthly calendar

Even with all of your high-tech gadgets for keeping track of birthday parties and meetings, sometimes you just need a simple family calendar for at-a-glance convenience. Why not do double duty and keep important papers with it? The Mom Agenda All in One Folio is both a 12-month calendar and a place to keep everything you need at your fingertips to be organized. The calendar has separate spaces for you and up to four kids, too.

Under-bed storage

Why waste all of that space underneath the beds? With a busy family you need to take advantage of every space available for storing everything from off-season clothing to sports equipment. Use sturdy storage bags with label windows and handles for easy access, like this one from the Container Store or hard plastic containers made to fit underneath beds.

Unused spaces

Take advantage of the often-unused space in small corners or in the entryway with products made specially to fit in them. This floor organizer from Pottery Barn could be placed in the nook behind an L-shaped couch, in the bathroom or even in a tight squeeze of a hall entryway to make the most of potential space. Use it to collect everything from magazines to school papers and keep them out of your way.

Hanging jewelry rack

Clear the clutter off your dresser top by getting rid of clunky jewelry boxes. Hanging your jewelry in a bag with clear slots takes up far less room and allows you to see all pieces in your jewelry collection with ease. Plus, storing your jewelry out of sight will prevent curious and sticky kiddie fingers from exploring your treasured pieces. Before purchasing an organizer, assess your jewelry collection to be sure you're buying a hanging rack with the right kind of pockets for you. Not all organizers have spots for chunky bangles or large beaded necklaces.

Laundry sorter

Instead of just tossing all of your laundry into one hamper and sorting it later, save time by organizing as you ditch the dirty duds. Use the individual bins in this organizer from Bed Bath & Beyond to separate your laundry before it goes into the spin cycle. Label each compartment for lights, darks or delicates for simple washing -- or with a family member's name for easy distribution when the clothes come out of the dryer.

Stackable containers

Quit saving all of your cottage cheese and yogurt containers, and invest in a set of matching food containers, like these container sets from Rubbermaid. While more costly than the freebies, a large set won't set you back too much. Plus, with stackable lids that are always in place and a revolving case for easy access, the time you'll save searching and cleaning up the inevitable container avalanches will more than make up for the extra cost.

Gift wrap control

Every celeb who invites media for a house tour seems to have a room dedicated to gift wrapping. While quartering off entire rooms for each of our activities would make organizing a home easier, some of us don't even have our own bathroom sink -- let alone a spare room. This gift wrap supply organizer will have to do for the rest of us. Keep all of your wrapping supplies, including an extra pair of scissors and tape, in this hanging organizer. Simply pull the hanger out of your closet to turn any room into your temporary gift wrap room.

Bookshelves on display

Pull double duty with these bookshelves. They're eye-catching décor as well as storage. Perfect for tight spaces where a full bookshelf would be unwieldy, such as right by a nightstand or a favorite reading chair. These invisible shelves will keep your books organized and your guests intrigued. Also great in your kids' rooms, to help keep books off the floor and ready to read.

Spice stack

A spice collection often takes up an entire cupboard, and because spices come in such small jars, a lot of vertical space gets wasted. This innovative spice rack allows you to capitalize on all of the space in your cupboards by turning the spices over and stacking them. Place labels on the fronts of these drawers so you know exactly what's in them at a glance. A rack like this could also be used to store baby food.

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