One of the biggest contributors to household clutter is not knowing how to properly store your items. It's time to get organized and put everything in its place. Here's a comprehensive list of how to store just about anything.
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From purses to earrings and scarves, there are a lot of accessories to store and organize. We cover them all here:
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These are tricky because they involve wires and parts and pieces. Luckily, we have an entire article to help you through the process:
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The best way to store backpacks is to keep them someplace where they're easy to grab on your way out the door. If you have a mudroom, place backpacks in a cubby or on hooks alongside coats and other items. Otherwise, hooks near your entry door or on the inside of your closet door work well.
You may also wonder how to store backpacks that aren't currently being used. Empty them and store them flat on closet shelves.
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Baseball caps are a struggle to store because they're unwieldy to stack on shelves or shove in drawers. Try hanging baseball hats together on the inside of a closet door for easy retrieval.Continue to 5 of 28 below.
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California Closets' Ginny Snook Scott recommends you store bathing suits in a pull-out basket tucked inside a drawer or placed on a closet shelf.
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If you live in a house or condo complex with a garage, that is the obvious choice for your bike, but if you live in an apartment or townhouse (or if you just like to keep your bike inside), there are some cool storage solutions for hanging your bike.
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How you store your boots depends on the type of material they are made of and the activities they are used for. Find out more here:
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A slide-in clothes organizer like this one protects delicate cashmere from your closet shelving and helps to maximize space below the rod as well as above.Continue to 9 of 28 below.
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Use a collapsible storage cube to store your comforters and quilts in the closet. The advantage of the storage cube is that it can be easily collapsed and folded when not in use. Win-win. Another option is to purchase a comforter storage bag.
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So much of our household clutter is paper. It's easy to accumulate and once it does, it can be hard to get rid of. Having a proper storage system is key. Place action items, like invitations, forms that need to be filled out, and bills, in a desktop inbox and put the rest in a filing cabinet for safekeeping. And, most important of all, throw out anything you don't need to keep.
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For in-season storage, California Closets' Ginny Snook Scott recommends you stack flip flops on top of each other (heel-to-toe reversed) and place them on a shelf for quick access. "If you don’t stack them together, you will always be trying to find the matching pairs!" she says.
Out of season, store flip flops in a plastic bin.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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Holiday decor involves a lot of different elements and items––and many of them are easy to break, so proper storage is a must. This article will be your go-to:Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Read this great step-by-step guide for storing old photos for a comprehensive list of photo storage tips. In general, choose acid-free boxes and photo albums to preserve your photos.
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Pots + Pans
You can store pots and pans two ways:
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- Invest in installing a sturdy pot rack on your kitchen ceiling. If your pots are in pristine condition––or even if they have a bit of a patina––they might look good hanging out in the open and they'll be close at hand whenever you need them.
- Nest your pots and pans in the deepest drawers you have in your kitchen.
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There are so many options for recipe storage, the trick is to figure out which form you want to keep and use recipes in. Some people like to use index cards filed in recipe boxes and some prefer digital solutions. Figure out how you want to use your recipes and then choose a storage solution that works for you. Here are some ideas:
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Divide your shoes into three categories: shoes you wear all the time, shoes you wear seasonally, and shoes you wear occasionally. Store the shoes you wear all the time near the entrance to your home on a small shoe rack or in the closet. Seasonal shoes should be put away in storage when not in use; shoes you wear occasionally should be put in your closet, either on a shoe rack or in a hanging shoe organizer.
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The kitchen is usually the command center of your home; place a charging station in an out-of-the-way corner of the countertop and put your phones and tablets there when not in use.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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People tend to hang onto these for way too long. (Pro tip: You don't have to find storage space if you leave these at the hotel instead of grabbing them on your way out!)
If you can't resist bringing some home with you, store them in your linen closet or guest bathroom for use by visiting guests. When you have more than you need, donate them to your local homeless shelter.
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When accumulating bottles on your kitchen counter just isn't cutting it anymore, this article shares everything you need to know about how to store wine.