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50 Ideas to Help You Organize Every Room in Your Home
So you want to get each room in your home organized, but you're not sure where to start? The road to organizing all of the rooms in your home doesn't need to be complicated. A few simple steps and lifestyle changes can make all the difference in the world and help you to save time and money, and feel more organized and less stressed.
The following are 50 room organization ideas to hep you cut clutter and organize each room in your home.Continue to 2 of 50 below.
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Turn Your Nightstands into Dressers
This is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to organizing a clutter-free bedroom: think about all of the extra stuff you keep in your nightstand. These may include books you haven't read, papers you don't need, jewelry that belongs in your jewelry box, used tissues, etc. Why not make use of this space by storing your clothing in your nightstand instead? Reserve the top drawer for a flashlight, tissues and other must-haves, but use the other spaces to store clothing.Continue to 3 of 50 below.
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Try a Rolling Cart
This is a great idea for a small space: if you don't have room for a storage unit like a dresser, night table or large bookshelf, make use of one of Ikea's most popular items: the Raskog. This rolling cart can be used in the following ways when you're short on space:
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- As a night table
- As a vanity cart in the bathroom to hold makeup and hair tools.
- Store craft supplies
- As an end table in the living room to store remote controls, magazines, DVDs and books.
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Organize Your Bedroom into Zones
Instead of thinking of your bedroom as one massive space, mentally break your bedroom up into zones:
- Bed/sleeping area
- Closet/dressing area
- Night tables
Organize all the areas of your bedroom one by one. An area could be the storage boxes under your bed, the chair in the corner, or the top of your dresser. If any area is so cluttered that you can’t organize it easily (for example, if your shelves are overflowing with mementos from your childhood or you have so many earrings they no longer fit in your jewelry box) get motivated to give some of your collection away.
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Get Rid of Any Unused or Oversized Items
Look around for large items, such as pieces of furniture or extra pillows, that you keep in your bedroom but don’t really use. Maybe you bought an overstuffed chair years ago because you liked the look of it, or brought home a vintage bench because it matched your curtains, and now these pieces are just taking up space.
Or maybe your bedroom is home to an unused piece of exercise equipment or a stack of quilts that look pretty on your bed but get tossed onto the floor every night. Perhaps you recently created a minimalist closet and no longer need that extra chest of drawers in the corner. Anything you can part with, do so now.Continue to 6 of 50 below.
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Use Some Bedside (or Under Bed) Storage
When your bedroom is short on space, storage pieces that attach directly to your bed frame or your mattress can hold slippers, blankets, books magazines and more. And don't forget about the space under your bed. You can use plastic storage bins or plain old baskets to store shoes, linens and out of season clothing.
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Keep Your Most Worn Items Near the Front of Your Closet(s)
We only wear about 20% of the clothes that we store in our closet, so why not store the ones we wear most often up front, in the easiest to reach spot. Professional organizers call this “utilizing your prime real estate.” In technical terms, your prime closet real estate is the space between your knees and shoulders, making the clothing hung there the easiest to see and grab in the morning.
Everything else can be stored further away from prime real estate. The last thing you want to do in a small space like a closet is to have your barely-worns crowding out your everyday items.Continue to 8 of 50 below.
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Use Magazine Holders to Store Accessories
Store your clothes vertically in magazine holders so they take up less space. Tip: make sure you empty them of coins, hair ties and tissues before storing them like this.Continue to 9 of 50 below.
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Use Matching Hangers
Mismatched hangers, whether they be remnants of an old set or collected from dry cleaners over the years, can make your closet look messy, even if it actually is well organized. Matching hangers save you space and they look great together. Invest in different hanger styles to hold your different types of clothes (pants, skirts, blouses, belts, etc) for maximum organization and efficiency.
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Use Shower Curtain Clips to Hang Handbags
A sturdy shower curtain rod is the perfect way to store your handbag collection. You can install it either in your clothes closet or in the hall closet. Use show curtain clips so you can easily grab the handbag you want on your way out the door.Continue to 11 of 50 below.
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Use Shelving to Store Shoes
Shoes tend to take up a lot of closet space, but they don't have to. We're all tempted to just dump our shoes on the floor of the closet, but a much better use of space is storing them on a shelf. Think of how much room you'll save by moving your shoe collection further up in your closet. They don't take up nearly as much vertical space if they are stored on shelves (and that's even if you keep them in their shoe boxes).Continue to 12 of 50 below.
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Install Mesh Drawers in Your Closet Rather Than Wood
Mesh drawers are much cheaper than hardwood and they allow you to see what's in a drawer before you open it. If you decide to ditch your dresser and moved all of your clothing to your closet (which is the trend right now), go with a mesh drawer for convenience.Continue to 13 of 50 below.
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Tame Your Accessories with the Right Storage Solutions
Corralling your jewelry, scarves, belts, and other accessories can be a great opportunity to declutter your closet, but if you have a lot of little bits and bobs, it can be difficult to get them all in order. Here are a few ways to make sense of the clutter:
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- Store scarfs in individual drawer dividers
- Use clear plastic boxes, or even pill boxes, for stud earrings
- Use muffin cups in a drawer to keep hair accessories separate
- Hang decorative necklaces hung on the wall as art) you have a ton of options in this area.
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Use Egg Racks, Ice Cube Trays and Muffin Tins to Store Jewelry
Jewelry organization is surprisingly difficult. Most jewelry boxes are either too big for your collection or not big enough, and necklaces still get tangled and earrings separated. Here are three simple solutions: egg racks, ice cube trays and muffin tins. You can find decorative egg racks at stores like Anthropologie or a flea market or antique shop. Muffins tins you must likely have in your kitchen collecting dust. Mini muffin tins work especially well for earrings. And ice cube trays looks surprisingly great with some pretty jewelry in them.Continue to 15 of 50 below.
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Create a Donation Box and Store it in Your Closet
Store a donation box in your closet and once a month take the contents down to the local donation center. For some people, it's very, very difficult to part with old clothing, but having a donation box at the bottom of your closet means you can ever-so-slowly begin editing your wardrobe rather than assaulting it with a take-no-prisoners purge. A donation box doesn't have to be fancy. Any old cardboard you have lying around the house will do. (See: How To Break the Hoarding Habit and When to Donate Clothes)Continue to 16 of 50 below.
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Use Tension Rods to Organize Shelves + Cabinets
Ah, the lowly tension rod. Who would've thought this small but mighty item could be used in so many different ways to help you organize your kitchen, craft room, bathroom and more? Some ideas
- Install a tension rod vertically to separate cutting boards, baking sheets and roasting pans in your cabinets.
- Install a tension rod horizontally under the kitchen sink to hang rags, cleaning supplies and spray bottles.
- Install a tension rod horizontally in a drawer as a drawer divider.
- Install a tension rod vertically under the bathroom sinks to hang cleaning supplies.
- Install a tension rod vertically over the tub as a makeshift shower curtain rod (or a double hang to dry hand-washed clothing items).
- Install a tension rod horizontally as a drying rack for delicate items like bras and underwear.
- Install a tension rod horizontally as a double (or triple) hang for light-weight clothing.
- Install a tension rod to hold necklaces and scarves.
- Hang a rod to hold your high heels.
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- Hang a tension rod horizontally as a tape, gift wrap and ribbon dispenser.
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Use your Bedroom Closet Door for Your OOTD
Choosing your outfit the night before helps to save time and makes mornings a little less stressful. If you have limited space, however, laying out outfits may be tricky. One neat idea: create a designated space for your outfit on the inside of your bedroom or closet door. Extra hooks for hanging your shoes and accessories helps to keep everything in place.
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Designate a Basket for Clothes that Need Mending
Much like a donation box, a mending/dry cleaning box is helpful when stored directly in your closet. Go through your closet and pull out any clothing that isn't ready to be worn right now. Gather clothing that needs to be mended, hemmed or dry cleaned and pick a designated storage basket until you have time to make the trip. This helps declutter your closet and prevents you from reaching for that oh-so-cute blouse that's missing a button every other morning.Continue to 19 of 50 below.
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Organize Your Clothing by Color and Season
If you have a large wardrobe, storing your clothing by coloring, whether hanging or stacking, will make it easier to find what you're looking for while dressing. Also think about rotating your wardrobe by season.
In the case of linens, it's best to store by size (full, king, twin) and pattern.Continue to 20 of 50 below.
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Use Clear Plastic Shoe Boxes to Store Your "Smalls"
You can use clear plastic shoe boxes for more than shoe storage. Think about all of those little odds and ends that would fit perfectly together in a small box:
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- Tech gear like wires, chargers and remote controls
- Craft supplies like glue, scissors and ribbon
- Toys that have many small pieces like LEGOS
- Emergency supplies in your car
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Use Hooks on the Insides of Doors
Hooks are one of the most budget-friendly organizing and storage tool you can buy. Whether in your entryway or elsewhere, hooks are an organizing MVP. Use hooks for the following:
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- On the back of your bathroom door to hold towels and towels
- On the inside of your pantry door to hold measuring spoons
- On the inside of your hall closet to hold bags, scarves and hats
- Next to the front or back doors to hold keys and umbrellas
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Establish Off-Site Storage Areas
Offsite doesn't mean outside of your home. Take your kitchen for example. There are a lot of items that people store in the kitchen that they really don't need to, like big serving trays. Rather than fill your kitchen up with items you don't use that often, establish an offsite kitchen storage area in another part of your house--like a utility closet, a basement or attic.
If you lack those storage spaces, a utility cart that holds extra stuff you use often but not all of the time will work. The idea is to get as much "stuff" out of the way as possible so you can easily access the items you use daily.Continue to 23 of 50 below.
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Consider Baskets in Your Pantry
There's really nothing better than knowing exactly where to go for what you need when you need it, whether it's in the kitchen, at your desk or standing in front of your closet. Use baskets and bins whenever you can for this purpose. It doesn't matter if you don't know exactly which charger you need, it only matters that you know where the basket is that has all of your chargers in it.Continue to 24 of 50 below.
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Labeling items will make them easier to find, yes. It also gives you some piece of mind that others will be able to find what they need without asking you a million times. This is especially handy in storage spaces like the linen closet and your pantry. Think about labeling the following items in your home:
- Small toys (think: LEGO sets)
- Flours, nuts and seed store din clear jars
- Different sized linens in your linen closet
- Remote controls (DVD/TV/Stereo)
Remember: We're not going for perfect home organization, we're going for rooms that are perfectly organized for you. If it makes it easer for you to label something then label it. if not, skip it.Continue to 25 of 50 below.
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Use Storage Solutions That Fit the Room
Sometimes you may end up with an odd storage space in the room that you're trying to organize. The wall may be bumpy or slanted, the ceiling may be slanted, or you may have to deal with an oddly placed radiator. When this happens, be flexible. Measure the space (triple measure it, just to be sure) and think outside the box. Use free floating shelves in kitchens and storage spaces to get full use of an awkward storage space. If a floor is slanted, don't use a rolling storage cart or a free-standing bookcase, instead install shelves directly on the wall.Continue to 26 of 50 below.
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Consider Pull-Out Storage
Don't think of pull-out storage as a kitchen-only storage solution. Pull-out storage can be used to help organize many different rooms like a bedroom closet, bathroom and playroom. They're such a storage MVP because they allow you to see the entire contents of a storage space without having to root through every item to get to the back.
In the kitchen, use pull-outs in your bottom cabinets and pantry. For your upper cabinets, consider using a lazy susan.Continue to 27 of 50 below.
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Use Clear Storage Containers in the Pantry
Nothing says "organized" like some clear storage containers. With clear containers, you can use fewer labels because you can easily see everything inside. Take care to clearly label easily confused ingredients—like sugar and salt.Continue to 28 of 50 below.
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Repurpose Old Furniture
While you may be inclined to keep furniture in the room it was intended for, that isn't a hard and fast decorating rule. If the item can have a second life in another space, consider moving it. For example, move an old armoire into the kitchen to hold your awkwardly-sized serving ware. And that old bookcase? Move it to your closet to store shoes and handbags.Continue to 29 of 50 below.
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Decanter Your Spices
Spices jars come in varying sizes with differing labels and are hard to store and keep neat. Buy a set of matching spice jars and label them so you always know what you're reaching for while cooking or baking. This will save time and look great.Continue to 30 of 50 below.
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Use Open Shelving Sparingly
Be very careful where you install open shelving. While it is functional and can make life a bit easier, it can look messy if you haven't properly planned for it. While perfectly coordinated dishes and glassware looks lovely on open shelving, a mismatched collection of coffee mugs does not.
Open shelving works well in a pantry (especially when coupled with clear storage containers), provided you can commit to keeping things tidy.Continue to 31 of 50 below.
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Group Like Items Together
You don't need fancy storage solutions to create organized spaces. The trick is to group like items with like items. Not only does this help save shelf space, it is more visually appealing.
And this doesn't just apply to your kitchen. In your closet, group button-dons with button-downs, jeans with jeans, white tees with white tees. In the craft room group supplies with similar supplies.Continue to 32 of 50 below.
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Use Magnetic Strips in the Kitchen
You can use magnetic strips in any room, but you'll find that the kitchen is where they get the most use. Traditionally used to store knives, magnetic strips can hold lots of small kitchen equipment. Here are some options:
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- Store knives next to or over the countertop where you do your slicing and chopping
- Store spices in matching canisters
- Mounted on a wall or the back of a cabinet to hold blender and food processor blades or mixes attachments.
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Think of Drawers As Your Secret Weapon
People often dread their junk drawers because of all the clutter they keep in them. You may be in the habit of just shoving things in there and then dreading when you need to fish out your scissors or a rubber band.
Rather than thinking of your drawers and junk drawers as clutter catchers, swap your perspective and starting thinks of them as your secret organizing weapons. Stock them with what you need in each space in your home:
- Kitchen - coupon holder, rubber bands, pens, tape dispenser, etc.
- Office - batteries, stamps, notebook, etc.
- Laundry room - stain stick, scissors, needle and thread, etc.
Then use drawer dividers to separate these items so they are easier to "fish out" when you need them. If you rather not spend money on drawer dividers, use can even use an old muffin tin.Continue to 35 of 50 below.
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Use an Old Dresser for Odd Sized-Items Like Kids' Toys
Toy storage doesn't have to be perfect. You do not need to go buy storage solutions that fit your kids' toys perfectly. A couple basic plastic storage containers should do the trick whether you store their toys in a closet, the basement/attic or in the garage.
For the toys your children actually use every day, try repurposing an old dresser rather than purchasing a new toy chest. Cubbies or an old bookcase that is bolted to the wall will work as well. Whatever system you decide to employ, make sure it is easy for small hands (or busy teens) to use.Continue to 36 of 50 below.
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Use a Ladder to Hold Blankets
A sleek ladder is the perfect place to store your throw blankets and keeps your couch from becoming a tangled mess in the living room.Continue to 37 of 50 below.
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Keep Your Coffee Table Clear of Clutter with a Tray
If you walk into your living room and see a mess on your coffee table you are not going to feel relaxed. But one tiny trick can change that: store everything on your coffee table in a tray.
Trays are an organizing powerhouse and this is most evident in your living room. A bunch of remote controls, some magazines and a book strewn about your coffee table looks messy. But take those four remote controls, three magazines and one book and stack them in a tray and they look neat and tidy. If you really want to look organized, use square trays. There's something about the shape that is pleasing and orderly. (Flowers optional.)Continue to 38 of 50 below.
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Use Magnetic Strips to Hold Odds and Ends in the Bathroom
You've probably heard of using a magnetic strip to store knives in the kitchen, but what about using them in your bathroom? This simple DIY can help you organize lots of little bits, bobs and pieces in your bathroom like tweezers, barrettes and bobby pins.
Make this trick even more space-saving by mounting the magnetic strips on the inside of your medicine cabinet door.Continue to 39 of 50 below.
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Use Jars to Store Your Makeup Brushes
Rather than lay your makeup brushes down in a drawer, store them upright in a jar, glass or mug. This is a great time to pull out any family heirlooms to use them for this purpose (you know that box of old fancy glass mugs you inherited from your Grandma.) By storing your makeup brushes in them, they can be both functional and pretty.
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Use a Better Looking Sliding Door
Sliding doors (aka, doors that slide on a track) on closets are typically white or mirrored and they all look the same. In this example, the homeowners invested in a barn door to seal off their storage area from their living room and the end result is chic. When the door is closed, you'd never know there were canisters of oatmeal being stored behind it on one side, and a small TV on the other. But because the door slides, the stuff they're storing is still easy to access.
Here's a step-by-step video to help you achieve this look in your home.Continue to 41 of 50 below.
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Organize a Toothbrush Kits for Your Kids
What a clever idea! Create tooth care jars for your kids by storing their own toothbrush and toothpaste in a labeled jar.Continue to 42 of 50 below.
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Invest in Matching Storage Containers
It doesn't matter if you're using clear plastic shoe boxes, baskets, canisters or cubbies, matching storage containers are visually appealing and scream "I'm organized!" Note: This may not always be practical, for instance, when you're storing a bunch of items of different sizes, but where possible, deploy matching storage solutions. Continue to 43 of 50 below.
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Establish a Home "Charging" Station
You've got tech gear right? Bluetooth speakers, Kindles, iPads, Androids, laptops, etc. If these items are currently all over your house, consider organizing a home charging station. If you are tech-averse, don't fret, this is much simpler than it sounds:
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- Choose a spot in your that's close to an electrical outlet and large enough to hold a medium-sized serving tray.
- Now gather all of your tech together and decide how many outlets you need to charge them. Buy a USB wall charger with enough ports to charge at least 1/2 of them at once.
- If you have a designated space for your laptop or desktop computer, you can also establish a charging station there by using a USB Hub. USB hub's connect to your computer's USB ports.
- You can choose to store your tech in a charging station or simply organize everything into a serving tray for a DIY alternative.
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Use Trays to Corral Boots and Shoes in Your Entryway
A boot tray can make a messy pile of winter boots looks organized. Sounds simple, but it’s a trick that works. Boot trays also protect your flooring from snow, rain or any mud tracked in via your boots.Continue to 45 of 50 below.
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Outfit Your Entry With a Calendar and a Shoe Cubby
What a great idea for busy families. By storing your shoes in a cubby right by the front door, you get the mess off the floor, get people to take their shoes off before they traipse all over your house, and makes "where are my shoes?" conversations much easier.
The inclusion of a large calendar to track family events is brilliant. Everyone in the household can easily see what's on the calendar and can mark it up themselves.Continue to 46 of 50 below.
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Store Shoes and Boots on the Inside of Your Hall Closet
If you have a strict no-shoes-inside household (which many Allergists recommend), then move your shoe storage from your clothes closet to your hall, foyer or entryway closet. Store shoes on the inside of the closet door in a shoe bag for easy retrieval. (This also works in a bedroom closet)
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Establish a Key Catch-all in Your Entryway
One of the surest signs that a person is disorganized is that they cannot find their keys before they head out the door in the morning. It's such a cliche, and it's such an easy problem to fix! You probably don't even need to buy anything new for this. Find a small tray or decorative plate and repurpose it as a key catch-all in your entryway. If you don't have an entryway, then hang a hook by the door your enter and exit your home via most frequently.
This may sound like such a duh! idea, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who don't have a regular storage space for their keys. Other things to store in your catch-all:
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- Loose change (empty your pockets when you come in the door)
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Organize Yourself a Household Workbook
One smart way to cut down on clutter and make important household documents easier to find is to store them in a Household Workbook. Get yourself a binder with tabs and a three-hole punch then think about all of the important documents you need to run your household. Here are some ideas of what to store in your own workbook:
- User manuals
- Receipts for big-ticket items like your stove or washing machine
- Emergency contact numbers
- Numbers for all of the vendors you use (snow plow, landscaper, etc.)
If you rather get rid of as much paper clutter as possible, you can also scan and save these items in your Evernote account, in Google Docs or a DropBox.Continue to 49 of 50 below.
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Use Pegboards for Storage
From tools to kitchen supplies, a well-placed pegboard can make storing disparate items so much easier. Here are just a few places you can use pegboards as an easy storage solution:
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- In the garage to hang and organize your tools
- Julia Child famously hung all of her cookware (pots and pans) on a pegboard in her kitchen
- Laundry room to hang laundry supplies like hangers and clothes pins
- Over your desk to hold office supplies.
- As a jewelry organizer in your closet (try mounting it on the inside of your closet door to save space
- As an organizer in your entryway
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Use Wire Shelving Units
If you favor a updated look and don't have the budget for a major renovation, wire shelving units or stainless steel open shelving in a kitchen, entry or office looks sleek and modern. They can hold quite a bit of weight, they're cheaper than built-ins and sturdier than pre-fab "wood" bookcases. Plus, they are typically very easy to move from one room to another.