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Tips for Getting Organized
Limited on space or have too much stuff to deal with? These storage solutions will help you de-clutter every room in your home. To get you started, here are a few golden rules to follow for home storage:
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- Opt for square containers. Unless you have open shelving, square storage containers are always a better option because they maximize space. Round containers are less space-efficient and never fit flush against a wall.
- Don’t get cheap containers. If you’re storing clothes in a closet, you can by with most basic containers, but if you’re storing them in an area where they will be exposed to the elements or changes in temperature, spring for the better-made versions. Plastic is best for long-term storage.
- Look for nesters. Nesters are containers that stack well together. They're both stylish and practical.
- Don’t buy sets. Sets of containers tend to have only one container of each size, which often doesn't match reality. Usually it's best to size containers based on what you're storing.
- Identify your storage space first. It's always best to locate a storage space before you start boxing everything up. Working backward will save you time and headaches.
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DIY Canned Food Organizer
If you have a small kitchen, this could be a huge space-saver for you. That space between the wall and the fridge is usually "dead space." Make the most of it by creating a tall, narrow pullout storage cart or rack to hold canned goods, spices, and oils.Continue to 3 of 29 below.
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Magazine Holders for Storing Veggies
Magazine holders are surprisingly versatile when it comes to home storage solutions. You can use them to store root vegetables in your cabinets or any other cool, dry place.Continue to 4 of 29 below.
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Save Counter Space With a Dish Drying Cabinet
This trick is currently all the rage in Northern Europe where modern design always seems to be on the forefront of everyone's minds (think: IKEA). Install a dish drying rack in a cabinet above your sink to save space on the countertop.Continue to 5 of 29 below.
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Organize Your Water Bottles and Travel Mugs
This storage idea may seem simple and obvious, but travel mugs and water bottles aren't the easiest things to organize. How often have you hunted through your cabinets looking for a travel coffee mug while on the way out the door? By labeling dishpans or shallow bins for smarter, more compact storage, you'll never waste time searching again.Continue to 6 of 29 below.
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Organize Your Tupperware
Tupperware and food storage containers aren't that easy to store either. By adding a drawer to your cabinet, you can nest your storage containers together and keep them streamlined and organized.
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Pretend Pull-Out Drawers
If you can't install pull-out storage, bins are the perfect alternative. This solution allows you to see what's in the back of your cabinet without having to remove all of the items in the front.Continue to 8 of 29 below.
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A Smarter Way to Organize Your Pans
Here's an idea that will work in any kitchen: wire racks that help you store anything that's long and thin, like baking dishes, cutting boards, or even sauté pans.Continue to 9 of 29 below.
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DIY Plastic Bag Dispenser
The idea of repurposing an item rather than throwing it away is not a new concept, but when a good idea comes along, especially one so simple, it feels like a spark of genius. Save your empty tissue box to keep plastic bags organized and within easy reach.Continue to 10 of 29 below.
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The key to making high-up storage work is visibility. Wire baskets let you see through them; woven baskets don't. Wire is also more durable and much easier to clean (an important benefit for exposed storage containers in the kitchen).Continue to 11 of 29 below.
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Paint Pen Kitchen Organization
Decant the grains and spices you use most often into clear storage containers. Then find a fun way to label them (paint pens work well) for a unique display. This will make your grains and spices both more attractive and easier to find.Continue to 12 of 29 below.
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Recycle Boxes to Organize Your Freezer
If you like to stock up and store things in your freezer, you know what a mess it can become if you fail to institute some organization. This storage idea is simple but smart: Cut the tops off of used cardboard boxes, label them, and fill them with frozen items for easy retrieval.Continue to 13 of 29 below.
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DIY Trash Bag Roll
This clever hack will save you the frustration of wrestling a bag out of the box every time you take out your trash. Each bag holder is made with two curtain rod hangers and a short length of wood dowel, which you can find at any hardware store or home center.Continue to 14 of 29 below.
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Hang Your Measuring Spoons
You've seen knives mounted on the wall with magnets, but what about hanging your measuring spoons to the inside of a cabinet? Choose the cabinet with all your baking supplies for streamlined organization. All you need are some tiny Command-type hooks to make this simple storage idea a done deal.Continue to 15 of 29 below.
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DIY Mounted Tension Rod
Here's another super easy kitchen or bathroom storage DIY: Mount a tension rod under your bathroom sink and hang your spray bottles on it. This frees up room at the bottom of the cabinet for more storage and takes advantage of dead space below the sink.Continue to 16 of 29 below.
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Hang a Fruit Basket in the Bathroom
Fruit baskets are storage and organization champs. They can take a bunch of small items and make them appear organized! They also make everything easy to reach. A fruit basket filled with your child's bath supplies and toys makes good, clean sense.Continue to 17 of 29 below.
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DIY Tic Tac Bobby Pin Case
What a cute idea! Bobby pins and other "smalls" (e.g. Q-tips) are easy to store since they're so small, but they're tough to keep organized while in storage. This Tic Tac dispenser idea is a brilliant way to corral a bunch of small items together to make them easy to find when you need them.Continue to 18 of 29 below.
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DIY Cell Phone Charging Station
If you'd like to have your cell phone or other small device out of site (but not out of reach) while it charges, turn on old book into a secret charging station.Continue to 19 of 29 below.
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DIY Upcycled Earring Organizer
You may feel guilty throwing away cardboard boxes because they seem like they could be useful, but unless you have a good idea of how to use them, they just take up space. Here's an idea that will allow you to repurpose a cardboard box and organize and display your earrings in a cute way.
Simply punch a series of holes in the bottom of each box, using a push pin. Hook the earrings through holes to hang them. Use the mating half of the box to serve as a stand for one or more of the earring box sections.Continue to 20 of 29 below.
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Repurpose a Coke Crate to Store Your Ties
What a unique way to reuse an old soda crate! Simply roll up your ties and store them one per compartment.Continue to 21 of 29 below.
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Store Underwear in PVC Pipes
Organize your undies with a cubby-hole arrangement of PVC pipe sections. Cut 3-inch-diameter pipe into pieces that fit the height of your drawer, then sand the cut edges smooth. Paint the pipes a fun color (if desired) and glue them together (also optional). Your undies will not only stay organized; you also never have to fold them.Continue to 22 of 29 below.
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Label Toy Drawers With Pictures
Here's an idea that might make it easier for your children to find and put away their own toys. By labeling the drawers with pictures instead of words, even little ones who cannot read will be able to know which toys go in which drawers.Continue to 23 of 29 below.
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Check out this brilliant use of an over-the-door shoe organizer repurposed to store your children's small toys and stuffed animals!Continue to 24 of 29 below.
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Create a Gallery Wall for Kids' Artwork
Kids' artworks can pile up quickly. Hanging it rather than keeping it in a pile means less clutter. This is also a good way to remind yourself to rotate new projects and artwork every few months (or weeks, depending on how artsy your kids are).Continue to 25 of 29 below.
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Cord Storage Behind Closed Doors
Another great use of an over-the-door shoe organizer: Storing (and labeling) electrical cords for all your devices and small appliances. It sure beats a tangle of cords cluttering up a drawer.Continue to 26 of 29 below.
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Storing Cords in a Box
Tech clutter happens, and storing chargers and other electronic accessories can be a real pain. This truly simple DIY can help you sort and store your everyday tech accessories in a unique and attractive way using only cardboard and some wrapping paper.Continue to 27 of 29 below.
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DIY Hanging Ribbon Organizer
You may not have the space for a full-time craft room, but you probably have enough wall space for this creative ribbon organizer. You could also use this for yarn and string and never have to worry about untangling your supplies again.
Make the hanging racks with small curtain rods and some decorative chain. Hang the chains from a shelf, using S-hooks or cup hooks, or hang them from the ceiling with plant hooks.Continue to 28 of 29 below.
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DIY Twine Keeper
Balls of string, twine, and ribbon can become a jumbled mess when stored in a drawer. How about storing them in a sugar dispenser? This keeps them from becoming tangled and makes them easier to use when you need them.Continue to 29 of 29 below.
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DIY Color-Blocked Pegboards
A pegboard can be used to store and organize myriad household products such as kitchen tools, garage tools and more. It's also a good way to store miscellaneous items like scissors, tape, crafting supplies, etc. These are the kind of items that would typically end up in a junk drawer but are so much easier to use when hung in full view on pegboard.
The trick to hanging pegboard is to mount it over wood strips or blocks to create a small space between the pegboard and the wall. The space is necessary for adding hooks, brackets, and other hanging hardwood onto the pegboard.