One of the main contributors to accumulating household clutter is not knowing how to properly store your items, making storage and organization pretty much joined at the hip.
Here's a comprehensive list of how to store just about everything.
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This guide to storing accessories will cover belts, ties, scarves, hats, gloves and more:
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These are tricky because they involve wires and parts and pieces.Here's a comprehensive guide:
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A few options for backpack storage:
- Store backpacks on a large hook near the entry way of your home.
- In a cubby near the entry way of your home.
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I've always struggled with baseball caps because unless you're wearing them, they are really not that cute to have hanging around. I like the idea of 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 drawer and/or pull-out basket."
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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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Store boots based on the type of material they are made of, and the activities they represent to you. Read more in:
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I like this clothes organizer by Slide N Stax because it will protect 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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I have always wanted to find a plastic bin large enough to store my comforter with zero results. No big was ever quite the right size. The best option I've found is a collapsable storage cube. The nice advantage to the storage cube is that it can be easily collapsed and folded when not in use. Win-win.
Jumbo comforter bag.
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I used to store out-of-use cords in zip loc bags, but hooks are an even better use of space because the cords can remain individual and tangle-free. Label them, and hang.
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Paper management and paper clutter, paper is a beast. Having a proper storage system is key. I recomend a separate desk top file box, as well as a archival filing cabinet. (More on Paper Management).
Desktop File: I love this Stadium File with graduated file pockets.
File Cabinet: The Bisley system, sold at The Container Store, is sturdy and attractive. They feature large and small file cabinets in several colors.
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For in-season, California Closets Ginny Snook Scott recommends you stack on top of each other (heel-to-toe reversed) and place on a shelf for quick access to the pair. "If you don’t stack them together, you will always be trying to find the matching pairs!" she says.
Out of season, store these in a plastic bin labelled.Continue to 13 of 28 below.
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The best option here is a caddy installed inside the door under your bathroom sink. If there's no room for that, try a galvanized bucket. Square, galvanized buckets are space-saving and easy to clean. I like this Oval Bath Bucket by The Macbeth Collection
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Another tough storage task, holiday decor involves a lot of different elements and items. I've broken it all down here:Continue to 17 of 28 below.
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Out-of-Season ClothesStore hanging clothes in a covered garment rack in your basement or attic. Store items that can be folded like sweaters and pants in plastic storage box
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Our guide to antiques has written up a great step-by-step procedure for storing old photos.
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Pots + Pans
You can store pots and pans two ways:
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- Invest in a sturdy pot rack, and then invest in making sure it's properly installed--either by you, or by a professional. Pot racks free up so much drawer space they are worth the investment if you can stand having your pots and pans as a decor piece in your kitchen.
- Nest your pots and pans in the deepest drawers you have in your kitchen. I have mine under the stove. I keep the tops on, which takes up more room, but makes things easier to grab.
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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. I prefer a full sheet or paper (I write extensively about how I organize meal planning, recipes and grocery shopping in this Guide to Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping). Some people like to use index cards, and some prefer online. Figure out how you want to use your recipes and then choose a storage solution that works for you.Here are some options:
- Basic recipe box
- Recipe... binder from Rag & Bone
Additionally, you can DIY a recipe storage system. You can read about the DIY recipe storage system I set up for my Mom's huge recipe collection, and additional options for storage in 10 Ways to Organize Recipes.
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Reusable Grocery Bags
Here's an easy method:
- Store these in your car,
- Once they are in the house, empty them of their contents (groceries, anything else you bought)
- Hang them on the door knob
- Next time you go to your car, bring them with you
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I like to store shoes in 3 separate places in my home:
- Shoes I wear regularly I keep on a shoe rack in my closet
- Shoes I wear semi-regularly (once or twice a month) I store in bins in my basementWinter boots, flip flops and my regular work shoes I keep on a tray by the entrance to my home.
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I love this grass charging station which will add some life to your desk or entry way. The point is to store your camera, cell phone and MP3 player in the same spot every day so you know exactly where to look for it, just like your keys.Continue to 25 of 28 below.
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T-ShirtsI like to store t-shorts folded in a dresser. I typically make piles of T-shirts while folding, and organize them into group by use:
- Under shirts
- Casual shirts
- Dressier shirts
- Tank tops
- Gym shirts
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This tie hanger is a basic way to store ties hanging in your closet.
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Travel ToiletriesPeople tend to hang onto these for way to long, and remember: you don't have to find a storage space if you leave these behind in the hotel. If you do grab some, store these in your linen closet or guest bathroom for use by visiting guests.
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Our Wine Guide has everything you need to know about how to store wine.