Tired of living among clutter? Fight back without spending a bunch of money. In fact, you may be able to do it for free.
Your home is filled with useful items that can be recycled and reused to keep you organized. Do you use toilet paper or eat cereal? Is there an empty soda box in your kitchen? What you may think of as trash can be given a new life as storage for common items around the house.
Here are a few imaginative ideas to get you started.
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Control Your Cords
Have a big jumble of cords? Wrap each cord up and tuck it inside an empty toilet paper roll to keep it tangle-free when it isn't in use.
Tip: Write what the cord goes to on the outside of the tube.
You may not realize it, but empty toilet paper rolls are one of the most useful things in your home. These cardboard tubes can be used for everything from seed pots to pet toys. And the best part? You have an endless supply!
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Free Drawer Organizers
Create free dividers for your drawers and storage bins by cutting up cardboard boxes. Unlike those store-bought dividers, these can be customized to fit your needs and your style. Wrap them to make them any color you'd like.
Another Idea: Use a spare silverware organizer to corral loose items in your drawers.
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Wrangle Those Hair Bands
Hair bands seem to end up everywhere. The solution? Store them on an empty toilet paper roll. You'll know right where they are–and more importantly, where they aren't.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Easy Jewelry Trays
Corral all of your jewelry in muffin tins or ice cube trays. Then, just grab what you want and go–no more tangled piles in the jewelry box or digging for a matching pair of earrings.
Tip: The little compartments in an ice cube tray are ideal for holding a pair of earrings.
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Organize Office Supplies
Jars are perfect for organizing most office supplies.
- Use baby food jars for paper clips, rubber bands, push pins and other small items.
- Use canning jars for pens, pencils and other large items.
Another Idea: Empty coffee cans work perfectly for larger collections, like the kids' markers and crayons, or your craft ribbons.
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Reduce Hall Closet Clutter
Hats, gloves, scarves and umbrellas have a way of taking over the hall closet in a hurry. Fight back by hanging an empty shoe organizer on the inside of the door. It’s perfect for storing all those odds and ends in plain sight, and much cheaper than closet organizers.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Tame the Grocery Bags
Are plastic grocery bags or brown paper bags taking over your house? Bring them under control by storing them in an empty tissue or baby wipe box.
Better Yet: Invest in a few canvas tote bags, and forgo the bag clutter altogether.
Use plastic bags as liners for small garbage cans, taking out the cat litter or other small trash needs.
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Free Wrapping Supply Storage
Those fancy wrapping paper storage containers are great, but they can be expensive! Just scrub out a spare wastebasket, five-gallon bucket or other tall-sided container and stick your wrapper paper rolls inside.
Do you save gift bags for reuse? Store them inside an empty computer paper box–it's a perfect size.
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Organize Craft Supplies
Has your craft stash gotten out of control? Divide your craft supplies by type (paint, thread, stamps, etc.). Then, store each grouping in its own baby wipe or strawberry box.
Other storage containers to try: pretzel barrels, large peanut butter jars, coffee cans and empty spice bottles (perfect for storing beads).
Tip: Look for fun and funky containers at yard sales and flea markets. Vintage recipe card boxes, pottery and candy dishes can double as eclectic room decor, and they're often very cheap.