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Limited on space or have too much stuff to deal with? These storage ideas for clothes, small closets, or tiny spaces are inexpensive solutions that can help you declutter every room in your home. To get you started, here are some of the best ways to store items:
- 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 get by with essential containers, but if you're keeping 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 boxing everything up. Working backward will save you time and headaches.
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DIY Canned Food Organizer
This could be a huge space-saver for you if you have a small kitchen. 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 2 of 45 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 3 of 45 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 at 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 4 of 45 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 to organize. How often have you hunted through your cabinets for a travel coffee mug while going out the door? By labeling dishpans or shallow bins for more intelligent, more compact storage, you'll never waste time searching again.Continue to 5 of 45 below.
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Organize Your Tupperware
Tupperware and food storage containers aren't that easy to store, either. Adding a drawer to your cabinet can nest your storage containers together and keep them streamlined and organized.
Tip: Rather than buying containers in sets, limit your collection to three or four different sizes so that you can nest them together more efficiently.Continue to 6 of 45 below.
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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 removing all of the items in the front.Continue to 7 of 45 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 long and thin, like baking dishes, cutting boards, or even sauté pans.Continue to 8 of 45 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 9 of 45 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 essential benefit for exposed storage containers in the kitchen).Continue to 10 of 45 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 more attractive and easier to find.Continue to 11 of 45 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 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 12 of 45 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 13 of 45 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 inside a cabinet? All you need are some tiny Command-type hooks to make this simple storage idea a done deal. Choose the cabinet with all your baking supplies for the streamlined organization.Continue to 14 of 45 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 15 of 45 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 16 of 45 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 needed.Continue to 17 of 45 below.
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DIY Cell Phone Charging Station
If you'd like to have your cell phone or another small device out of sight (but not out of reach) while it charges, turn the old book into a hidden charging station.Continue to 18 of 45 below.
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DIY Upcycled Earring Organizer
You may feel guilty throwing away cardboard boxes because they seem like they could be helpful, but unless you have a good idea of how to use them, they 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.
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 matching half of the box to serve as a stand for one or more of the earring box sections.Continue to 19 of 45 below.
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Repurpose a Coke Crate to Store Your Ties
What a unique way to reuse an old soda crate! Roll up your ties and store them one per compartment.Continue to 20 of 45 below.
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Store Underwear in PVC Pipes
Organize your undies with a cubby-hole arrangement of PVC pipe sections. Cut the 3-inch-diameter pipe into pieces that fit the height of your drawer, then sand the cut edges to make them smooth. Paint the pipes a fun color (if desired) and glue them together (optional). Your undies will not only stay organized; you also never have to fold them.Continue to 21 of 45 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 toys. By labeling the drawers with pictures instead of words, even little ones who cannot read will know which toys go in which drawers.Continue to 22 of 45 below.
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Check out this clever use of an over-the-door shoe organizer repurposed to store your children's small toys and stuffed animals!Continue to 23 of 45 below.
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Create a Gallery Wall for Kids' Artwork
Kids' artwork can pile up quickly. Hanging it rather than keeping it in a pile means less clutter. Regularly rotate new projects and artwork every few months (or weeks, depending on how artsy your kids are).Continue to 24 of 45 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 cables cluttering up a drawer.Continue to 25 of 45 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 straightforward DIY can help you sort and keep your everyday tech accessories uniquely and attractively using only cardboard and some wrapping paper.Continue to 26 of 45 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 chains. Hang the chains from a shelf using S-hooks or cup hooks, or hang them from the ceiling with plant hooks.Continue to 27 of 45 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 needed.Continue to 28 of 45 below.
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DIY Color-Blocked Pegboards
A pegboard can store and organize various household products, such as kitchen and garage tools. It's also an excellent way to store miscellaneous items like scissors, tape, crafting supplies, etc. These items typically end up in a junk drawer but are much easier to use when hung in full view on the 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.Continue to 29 of 45 below.
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Mount a Magazine File on Kitchen Cabinet Door
A clever way to store your foil, plastic wrap, parchment, and wax paper is to hang a mesh magazine file on a kitchen cabinet door. It frees up drawer space for your utensils, flatware, and other items that need a flat drawer.Continue to 30 of 45 below.
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Repurpose Pull-Out Kitchen Drawers for Bread
Bread is best stored in a cool, dry area of the kitchen. Reappropriate a pull-out drawer and transform it into a bread box to get bread off your counter. Or, if you'd rather reuse the drawer for root vegetables, a drawer away from the oven's heat is a dry, dark space perfect for them. However, root vegetables need air to stave off rot, so replace the drawer bottoms or sides with mesh.Continue to 31 of 45 below.
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Add Hooks Inside Bathroom Cabinet Doors
If you're lucky enough to have a bathroom drawer, it is usually the first spot to get crowded. Hang some handy hooks inside your bathroom cabinet doors. Several items come with loops or holes for hanging. Think about using it for scrub brushes, scissors, shavers, scrunchie sponges, hair ties, etc.
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Bathroom Magnetic Strip Metal Hair and Nail Tools
If an accessory or tool is made of iron, nickel, or cobalt, then it's magnetic. Most hair and nail items are stainless steel, which contains iron. You can easily hang bobby pins, hair clips, barrettes, nail files, tweezers, and nail clippers on a magnetic strip inside a bathroom drawer to uncomplicate your bathroom storage woes.Continue to 33 of 45 below.
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Dog Bed Trundle
If the floor space in your bedroom is cramped, or you don't want to step all over your dog bed to get to your bed, you might want to consider a dog bed trundle. You can DIY your next dog bed, especially if you have an old crib mattress stored somewhere waiting for the birth of your future grandchildren (of your current toddler children).Continue to 34 of 45 below.
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DIY Mirror Jewelry Armoire
Some full-length wall mirrors come with a thick frame, setting the mirror off from the wall a few inches. These mirrors can easily turn into a door by adding a hinge. Swing it away from the wall to reveal jewelry stored behind the mirror on the wall, displayed on simple hooks.Continue to 35 of 45 below.
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Paper Towel Holder Reimagined
Paper towel holders have many uses; you might want several for everything you can store. You can allocate a roll in the office for all your tapes—masking, packing, and duct tape. This giant spool does the trick if you have rolls of ribbon or yarn for knitting, sewing, or crafting. Belts also have a way of multiplying, but coil them around this hand caddy for an easy grab when needed. Perhaps the biggest no-brainer use: Keep one in the bathroom to have three toilet paper rolls in waiting.Continue to 36 of 45 below.
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Muffin Tin or Fishing Tackle Box for Mini Item Storage
Tool sheds, garages, and offices are top spots for storing mini items like nails, screws, nuts, bolts, paper clips, push pins, and safety pins. Containers that naturally hold small things are a great place to store these mini things. Repurpose an old muffin tin that's been retired or an old fishing tackle box that you don't use anymore for these tiny supplies.Continue to 37 of 45 below.
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Reuse Shoe Pocket Caddies for Pantry
Shoe pocket caddies are made to hang behind doors and are perfect for shoes. In the kitchen pantry, you can use them for kitchen utensils, zip-top storage bags, garbage can liners, rubber bands, pencils, and scissors. Other uses include cleaning supplies like spray bottles and cans, sponges, and scrub brushes. Families with young children can also use them as a snack food caddy for snack-size granola bars, cookies, chips, and candy.Continue to 38 of 45 below.
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Kitchen Lid Rack for Purse Clutches
Purse clutches are narrow, under-the-arm bags usually reserved for a night out. Many of these bags don't come with loops or hooks for convenient hanging. Instead of taking up a drawer, find shelf space and place a pot and pan lid rack. Vertically file your clutches for easy access until your next soiree.Continue to 39 of 45 below.
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Hang Scarves With Shower Curtain Rings
Instead of buying a fancy scarf hanger, make one for yourself with ease. All you need is one sturdy wood or heavy-duty hanger with a hanging rod. Get spare rings from a shower curtain, and string them along the hanging rod. Hang scarves, bras, or other delicates on each of the rings.Continue to 40 of 45 below.
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Rectangular Baskets for Towels
If you have sturdy rectangular baskets, turn them on their side, and screw them into the wall along their bottoms. Your containers, like wicker, wire mesh, and wood, must be substantial. Fill them with towels, washcloths, or toilet paper rolls for hanging in the bathroom.Continue to 41 of 45 below.
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Reuse Empty Glass Jars
Empty Mason jars make great storage for nails, clothespins, paperclips, pushpins, bobby pins, cotton swabs, and more. The clear glass makes it easy to see what's inside. Screw-top jars can be used anywhere, the garage, pantry, office, and bathroom.
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Bungee Cord Ball Caddy
You can breathe new life into a crate or plywood box by turning it into a caddy for basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, and more. Turn it on its side, string some bungee cords along the front, and grab a ball when needed. Pop it back in when you're done with it.
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Use Lazy Susan in the Fridge
Lazy Susans, or the rotating trays usually used in kitchen cabinets for jars of jellies and sauces, are also wonderful to use in the refrigerator. Particularly if you have a deep fridge, it can be a hassle to shuffle through foodstuffs in the front to get supplies in the back. A rotating tray makes it easy to get to everything.Continue to 44 of 45 below.
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Carabiners for Hair Ties and Rubber Bands
Get organized quickly with this trusty metal loop. A carabiner is commonly used for rock climbing and linking together ropes and harnesses. This handy metal clip is also fantastic for keeping together hair ties and holding onto keys, belts, and handbags.
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Letter Organizer for Flip Flops
Flip flops and sandals are awkward to hang on shoe racks; they often slip out. Grab your slippers and file them away in a letter organizer vertically. Place them on a shelf in a closet. You can see them easily and remember where they go after you're done with them.