Some people really struggle with keeping their homes clean and tidy. I'm one of them! It seems like no matter how often I clean my house, I still end up with cluttered cupboards, drawers, and...OK, everything else, too. Somehow all my possessions end up in wild piles that make it impossible to find what I want and that look awful. I swear I'm an adult, but if you looked at my organizational abilities, you would never believe it.
I think a big part of the challenge of keeping the home tidy has to do with the way we store things. Too often, we find ourselves exhausting whatever storage is in our home and looking for the next clever tool that will solve all of our problems. Unfortunately, such a tool does not exist. But that doesn't mean we can't store things in a more efficient manner! Untidy storage makes it hard to know where things go, which makes it harder to put them away neatly. Mess becomes inevitable. Instead of dreaming and wishing for the perfect tool that will solve all your problems, let's focus on what you can change. Let's take a look at some of the best home organization hacks.
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Rather than dumping everything into one giant drawer or cupboard, there's usually at least one clever trick that will make your life tidier. Having a clear place for each thing means you can find what you want and you'll put it away when you're done. With the right home organizational strategies, keeping things cleaned up becomes so much easier. Here are some of the best storage "hacks" I found on the Internet. Best of all, none of them require spending hundreds of dollars at The Container Store!
1. Cut holes in a piece of plywood to make a Ziploc bag hanger.
With this slatted piece of plywood plugged right into your garage wall, you can hang Ziploc baggies of nuts, bolts, or iron nuggets easily above your work desk.
Never again will you have to go rooting around in a tool box! You could also use it in a cupboard in the kitchen to hold snacks.
2. Turn a wheeled AV cart into a wheeled kitchen container.
The problem with kitchen storage is that you only need some utensils when you're cooking, and every other time, they get in the way.
But if you can easily push your cooking stuff off to a side, or even into a closet? You will soon be known as The Kitchen God. This is one of my favorite home storage solutions because basically all it does is move things and somehow that changes everything.
3. Pop those long whisks and spoons into a pitcher!
There's no need to buy expensive, specialized bowls for your longer kitchen utensils. Just put them in whatever pitcher you have sitting around.
Besides, it's time to admit you weren't going to use them to make lemonade or anything. Two birds with one stone.
4. Take advantage of the space between the rafters.
If you find yourself running out of wall space for shelves, think about turning some unused space in your unfinished basement into a secret extra shelf.
After all, those rafters and your stuff don't have to social distance. I love finding secret storage space with my home storage solutions.
5. Use a bike to hang a bike.
This clever solution makes use of an old pair of handlebars to easily hang a bike from the wall. Just think about it — one bike is sacrificing its handlebars so another bike can fit neatly in a studio apartment.
It's one of the most beautiful things a bike can do for another. Plus it looks really cool.
6. Glue a slinky onto a lazy susan to store Tupperware lids.
Without question, the worst thing about being in a kitchen is the overflowing cabinet with loose Tupperware lids. Tell me you wouldn't trade one slinky to solve that problem.
Tell me you wouldn't trade a thousand slinkies to solve that problem. Well all you have to sacrifice is a single slinky for this home storage solution.
7. This next one involves cutting up a cereal box.
Slice open that old box of Frosted Mini Wheats, and cut the front and back sides in half. If you don't have a box of Frosted Mini Wheats, today is your lucky day: go buy some cereal and have a sweet treat. THEN cut it open.
Then, fold your one-time cereal box into a ramp.
Put a couple of those ramps in a drawer...
You'll need about three of these ramps to take advantage of all the space in the drawer. You want them to be snug against each other so they don't slide around.
Trust us, though, it'll be worth it.
... and baby, you've got yourself a spice rack!
Now you can fill that drawer with tons and tons of spices, all angled up at a pleasing angle for you to look at. You didn't even have to spend $100 on Etsy to get it.
Isn't that so much better than letting them all roll around in a drawer? A serious home storage solution hack.
8. Running out of shelf space in your pantry?
via: TwitterWe've got a hack for that. First, pull the pin out of the front of the shelf and move it down a notch or two.
Then stick a tension rod in front of it.
Now all your cans can pleasingly roll to the front of your newly-angled shelf. You can even see everything at the back of the shelf. No more desperately pawing through all the cans to find what you want.
9. Do you hate trapper keepers as much as we do?
Okay, this hack isn't really about destroying trapper keepers, but if you spent as much time fumbling with their inadequate three-rings in high school as I did, this might feel cathartic. This is actually about home storage solutions.
Anyhow, rip out that ring plate and adhere it to your pantry door.
Maybe you want to screw it in, or maybe you want to use those adhesive strips. Whatever you do, make sure it's fastened to that closet door nice and tight. This is one of those storage hacks you'll love once you start using it.
Then hang your commonly used items from the rings!
via: TwitterHow easy is it to grab your measuring cups and whisk when they're hanging at eye level whenever you reach in to grab your wheat flour and sugar? Now, just hope those G-D rings cooperate...
10. Here's another pantry hack.
It involves a tension rod and a bunch of clips to slide onto it.
We're talking, I don't know, eight or nine clips? Make sure you're stocked up on clips. Get the big ones so that the tension rod can fit through the metal ends. It's very important for this storage hack.
Put that tension rod in the pantry.
Once you've got enough clips properly attached, pop your tension rod inside any cabinet space you want to de-clutter.
(It'll probably be the shelf where you keep all the snacks.) You're looking for a shelf with a lot of bags.
Now you can hang those chips in the air.
Any lighter snack (that won't pull down the tension rod) can now be clipped and dangled in the air.
That leaves all that cabinet floor space for, well, more snacks. And if the point of storage hacks isn't to get more snacks I don't know what the point is.
11. Are you dropping tinfoil-covered bowls into other tinfoil-covered bowls?
Listen, your fridge isn't enormous — sometimes you've got to stack bowls on top of bowls.
Unfortunately, that tinfoil isn't always super sturdy. Lucky for you we've got a storage hack that will fix that messy, messy problem.
Well, we'll tell you how to fix it.
First step? Re-tinfoil that bowl. (This doesn't have a ton to do with the storage hack, but you don't want the food in the bottom bowl going bad.)
Next, add chopsticks.
That's right, chopsticks. Grab any you have sitting around from last week's takeout order and place them across the tinfoiled bowl. These provide the structure for our home organization hack.
Now you have some sturdy protection for the food in your bottom bowl.
via: TwitterRest that first bowl on the second to your heart's content — that bad boy isn't ripping through chopsticks like it did tinfoil. And now you have a ton of fridge space for more Chinese food takeout.
12. Maybe you have a "plastic bag" cabinet.
I know that whenever I'm unloading groceries, I just take the plastic bags and shove them in with the other plastic bags, wasting a ton of cabinet space on plastic bags I may never again use.
Well, now I know how to fix that, and it's with this amazing home organization hack.
Use a tissue box for plastic bag storage.
If you empty out a tissue box (not hard to do these days, what with all the crying), start popping your plastic bags inside.
You can even make a loop when you put the bags inside and thread the next bag inside so that pulling up one automatically pulls up the next bag. This is one of my favorite apartment storage ideas because it makes good use of limited space.
13. Freezers full of big frozen bags of stuff?
Man, just think about how much space that bag of pea soup is going to take up in your freezer.
But it's not like you're going to not freeze your pea soup, right? What are you supposed to do when you inevitably get a sudden craving for pea soup? The only solution is a home organization hack.
It's time to get out your rolling pin.
Step one of this freezer space-saving hack is rolling your plastic bag nice and flat. Just trust me, it's the right idea and integral to our space-saving organization hack.
Then, grab yourself a magazine holder.
via: TwitterYou can find these for about .79 cents at home and office stores, and there is maybe nothing more useful when you try to maximize your storage space. Buy magazine holders, and buy them often.
And slide those flat bags of pea soup right inside.
via: TwitterI mean, if you want to take advantage of this hack, you can flatten whatever you want in freezer-safe bags. But like, we're all doing this for our pea soup, right? My roommate will not get off my case about how much pea soup I have clogging up the freezer!
14. Fruit drawer looking unorganized?
Where else in your fridge are you supposed to put your fresh produce? I mean, there is literally a drawer labeled "fresh produce."
But it always gets messy. We're going to fix that with some home storage ideas.
Step one: get an empty milk jug.
If you want it to fit in your produce drawer — and believe me, you do — make sure you get that half gallon size milk size.
Next, slice off the top and one side.
Just one of the four sides of the milk carton has to go. You'll also want to take a small notch out of one of the three walls you've created. You can use the same carton to make multiple containers.
Now put your produce inside!
Look at that, you've got perfect dividers for all your different fruits and vegetables. Never will you grab a broccoli thinking it's an apple ever again! Bada bing bada boom: home organization.
15. Let's get to that junk drawer, huh?
We all need a junk drawer — a place to toss whatever weird things come across your path that you might need one day but absolutely don't need right now.
But why waste an entire drawer on it? You'll get the best of both worlds with this room organization hack.
But we're not going to clean it up, oh no.
The point of a junk drawer is that it's always a mess. We're just going to cover up that mess a bit.
The first step is to get a drawer organizer and a piece of plywood as wide as the drawer. No, we're not just going to tell you to put an organizer in there. This is a better room organization hack.
Glue that bad boy down.
via: TwitterYou can't just drop the plywood on top of the junk — what if you actually need an old HDMI cord or Star Wars band-aide? With the drawer organizer glued to the wood, you have an easy handle to pull it back up so as to access your junk.
Now put that plywood right on top of everything.
Anyone would open your junk drawer and think its just a normal knife and fork drawer.
They'll never know all the playing cards and post-it notes you have hidden under there. But you know. You know everything.
16. Let's save those peas.
via: TwitterHow are you supposed to make split pea soup — the best out of the soups — if your peas are all disgustingly frozen together? Well, as you may have guessed, we have a hack for that.
You first have to open that bag.
We would advise using scissors here, if only because cutting a long, even strip off the top is important to the hack (and that is much easier to do with scissors than your fingernails/teeth).
Now tie that little strip around the top!
Voila — you've turned that cut-off strip into the bag's own twist tie.
Next time you make split pea soup, your peas will be good and individually frozen. Now that's a room organization hack.
17. Now here's a display jar hack.
First off, you're going to take an empty juice carton. And make sure it's empty.
I forgot to check once and I got Minute Maid orange all over my finest white tuxedo, which I was wearing as I do on most days.
Now, cut a circle out of the top.
Make sure that little spout is included in your circle.
It doesn't much matter where specifically, just that it's there. You'll be using that spout as a handle, which is an integral part of this room organization hack.
Next, cut out the sides of the juice carton.
You're going to want to put a slit halfway down the middle of the short side.
And then, make another one.
Two sides used for flat panels with the slits, one side that get cut up when removing the spout, and finally, one side for if you screw anything up. It's like orange juice cartons were made for this.
Combine the two cut-out sides.
via: TwitterSimply slid the two pieces of cardboard together like so.
Now you've got a divided jar just to store different kinds of snacks and garnishes.
And the circle with the spout you made doubles as a lid for the storage container.
The reason you save that little spot in your cut-out circle is so you'd have a handle to grab when it's time to open it up. No more half-eaten bags of snacks. Just organization.
18. Use PVC pipe to store your weights.
As you're about to find out, there is nothing more useful for finding new ways to store your stuff than PVC pipes.
Well, maybe tension rods. But that's it. If you lift, this will be a great home storage idea for you, because we know those plates take up a lot of space.
19. Put your earrings up on a corkboard.
If your vanity is chock full of jewelry boxes, why not pop a small corkboard up on the wall and stick all your pointy little pieces of glamour up there? I love this home storage idea because you can dress it up to fit your style however you please. Add some ribbon or pins to give it personality.
20. Pushpins and shoe boxes can make some nice, simple shelves.
First of all, maybe try to use pretty shoe boxes instead of your old Nike boxes. And second, make sure to put pushpins in the corners too!
The person taking their photo didn't do this, so those shelves are definitely going to spin. This is why you come to us for your home storage ideas.
21. Use magnets to keep your collectibles in one place.
This hack might be specific to those who paint steel miniatures, but clamping a long sheet of metal into a plastic storage container will keep you from having to buy individual cases for each miniature. And if you're a big nerd like me, it's an incredibly important room organization hack.
22. And speaking of magnets...
Hanging a sheet of magnetic material on the back of a pantry door can give you an incredible place to store your metal tins of spice and the like.
Also, it will make you feel like a wizard.
There are few things that I love more than a room organization hack that uses magnets.
23. One last magnetic tip.
If your garage is full of lug-nuts and you can never find the right one, consider bolting magnetic strips to a piece of plywood and labeling their size in Sharpie. I personally have no idea what lug nuts are for, so I'll be skipping this one.
24. Make a sliding bookshelf.
How satisfying would it be to use the wall that usually has a closet door as a full-on shelved-up wall?
For too long, we've been stuck with whatever leftover wall space the closet door left us with. We're rising up with this room organization hack to take back our space.
25. A hack for the snacking enthusiast.
If you have loose packages of trail mix all over your cabinets, a quick steel tub nailed to the door will give you a fun place to drop them all. Plus it looks like it's an aesthetic choice.
26. Hide a chalkboard on the backside of the cabinet door.
How much wall space are you using on chalk/whiteboards? For me, it is too much.
There's even chalk-paint you can buy that makes whatever surface you paint into a chalkboard. How handy is that? It's one of my favorite room organization hacks.
27. Hang your dish dryer over the sink.
I would say that, right now, approximately 80 percent of my counter space is devoted to stuff: a microwave, a Keurig machine, and, worst of all, a dish drainer.
With this shelf, I could get some of that precious counter space back. Oh, the sandwiches I would make! I literally dream about having one of these over sink dish racks.
28. Grab a second shower rod.
Look, we all have a shower rod on one side of our shower. Why not the other?
You can use it to hang baskets and hooks to keep all your showering stuff in one place. Boom. Room organization hack.
29. What can't be stored in PVC pipe?
Cutting your PVP pipe at a slant gives you a) a place to pound a nail into a wall and hang it however you want, and b) a spot to reach inside and grab whatever you got stored inside.
Man, PVC pipe absolutely rules and it rules even more for home storage solutions.
30. Use S-hooks to hang your jeans.
Since your jeans have belt loops, you can simply hook one of those and hang them from the bar in your closet.
Although, now that I think about it... does this save any space? Is it better than a clothes hanger? Honestly, I'm not sure. Anyhow, it looks cool and kind of minimal, right? Definitely better than the absolute mess of clothes stuffed into my dresser.
31. A sliced-down-the-middle soda box is perfect for storing VHSes.
Cut your old 12-pack box down the middle, fold it open, and BAM — you've got a spot to store all your old VHS tapes!
Although, who has VHS tapes anymore? Maybe this is more a hack for your cinephile grandparents. In a pinch you can still use it for DVDs, Switch games, or even books.
32. Store makeup in this specific ice tray.
Each hole in this arrow ice tray is the exact size of a Mac lipstick.
If you've got a counter covered in loose lipsticks, this could be a space-saving game-changer. Plus you can see what each color is with just a glance.
33. Wire squares can become Favorite racks.
via: RedditWhile they don't offer a ton of space, how cool would it be to hang your favorite hats and mittens — the ones you wear every snowy morning — from the back of your door? Then you can store the rest of your less-desired gloves and hats in the back of the closet like it was April 1st and they were ready to be retired for another season.
34. Store food wrap in a magazine rack.
I don't think I've ever seen anyone actually use these magazine racks to store magazines, but they also happen to be the perfect size to hold rolls of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. That's because their true purpose is to be used for home storage solutions.
Hang them on the back of a cupboard door to maximize cupboard space!
35. Or, use small tension rods.
Tension rods like these are available for pretty cheap online. The best part of this storage technique is that you don't have to take the box out of the cupboard at all to use the food wrap! It makes you feel pretty fancy to reach into the cupboard and whip out a piece of parchment paper.
36. Use a paper organizer for lids.
Here's yet another clever way to take advantage of the back of the cupboard door!
Rather than stacking your food storage tubs in a messy tower, pop all the lids into a paper organizer! I'm always look for home storage solutions for those dang storage tubs, so this is perfect.
37. Or use a CD tower!
Who knew there'd be a good use for those CD storage racks you always see at thrift stores? I certainly don't use them for CDs, but I'm here for using them as home storage solutions.
Now that I see this trick in action, I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner!
38. Use bungee cords to secure paper towel rolls.
All you need is two bungee cords and a couple of minutes, and you've got yourself a brilliant paper towel storage solution! That being said, I have no idea who has this many paper towels.
I bet you could even use this technique on the ceiling of your pantry to free up more wall space.
39. Use magazine holders to house water bottles.
Once again, the magazine holder proves itself as a super useful organization tool!
If you have an unwieldy stack of water bottles and/or travel mugs, this might be the perfect solution for you. Really it works for any item you can stuff in there and call it a storage hack.
40. Binder clips. Use 'em everywhere.
41. Keep condiments in an egg carton.
42. Hang spray bottles on a tension rod under the cupboard.
Spray bottles tend to take up quite a bit of cupboard real estate. This idea of hanging them in the top part of your cupboard makes so much sense! And it keeps everything within easy reach, too. I've occasionally had spills from spray bottle and this storage hack basically makes that impossible.
43. Store board games in a sweater organizer.
Sweater organizers are actually the perfect size for storing a bunch of board games. It's super nice to be able to see every game at a glance, too! If you're like me and have just a few too many games, this is the home storage solution for you.
44 Store card games in plastic tubs from the dollar store.
Don't worry; we didn't forget about card games!
It doesn't take long for the cardboard boxes most card games come in to completely disintegrate. These plastic tubs keep the cards safe from bending (and water!), and are also stackable. Tape the front of the game box to the lid so you know what each game is.
45. Store toothbrushes in dollar store cups.
If you have multiple kids (or other people in your household), this hack is perfect for you.
Get every person their own plastic cup (easily found at the dollar store), toothbrush, and toothpaste. Then attach them all to the wall (those 3M picture hanging strips work great). Keep the toothbrush clutter off the bathroom counter! I always love a home storage solution that gives some personality to the space.
46. Organize cords with a metal grid.
Use zip ties and a metal grid like the one shown here to bring some order to your many cords and cables. Cords and cables are basically the nemesis of all home organization, so this hack is perfect.
Makes so much sense, doesn't it?
47. Use a shoe organizer between your washer and dryer.
48. Store plastic bags in a big plastic bottle.
Finally, a good replacement for the bag full of bags you currently have hanging out in your pantry (no shade to the old school home storage solution of a bag full of bags).
Cut a hole in the bottom of a large water bottle and stuff the bags in there. Then you can easily remove them through the "mouth" of the bottle!
49. Use shower hooks and a hanger for bras.
Bras take up so much space! This method can be used both for drying them after you wash them, and for storage in your closet. Plus you can find your favorite one more easily.
50. You can also use shower hooks for your tanktops.
Rather than hanging every tank top on its own hanger (and taking up a bunch of space in the process), attach shower hooks to a hanger, then hook the tank tops on those instead. Brilliant! Is anything more satisfying than organizing them by color? I think not.
51. Wrangle cables with toilet paper tubes.
Toilet paper tubes are perfect for keeping cords and cables neatly wrapped but still perfectly accessible. And, once again, they're basically free! Free is my favorite cost for a home organization hack.
52. Put a lazy Susan in your fridge!
53. You can also use plastic drawers in your fridge.
I think a lot of people buy plastic drawers like the ones pictured above, but fail to realize they can be used in the fridge! They're ideal for storing snacks like string cheese, applesauce pouches, and fruit cups. Fridges can use all the same organizational strategies you use elsewhere.
54. Store extra sheet sets in the matching pillowcases.
55. Add small plastic bags to your bulletin board to hold miscellaneous items.
56. Attach bobby pins to a magnetic strip inside a drawer.
Bobby pins always manage to end up pretty much everywhere...except the place where you need them to be. A magnetic strip on the inside of a drawer is the perfect solution. You could also store your nail clippers on it! Magnets strike again as the king of home storage solutions.
57. Take advantage of vertical space.
58. Hang a storage tote on hangers.
Need more storage space? Make some!
This solution keeps things off the floor (where it tends to get messy). If your closet has a bit of extra space you can store more than just clothes in there.
59. Use PVC pipe to store camping chairs.
Actually, these PVC rings would work for storing all kinds of stuff!
See what creative ideas come to mind for your own life.
60. Like power tools, for instance!
Here's a super cheap way to keep all your power tools sorted and off your workbench. I love storage hacks for a workbench because there's so much JUNK that gets left there.
61. Keep wrapping paper in a garment bag.
62. Store ornaments in an empty egg carton.
Egg cartons are already perfect for housing delicate objects — why not use them to keep your precious ornaments safe in the off-season? I can't be the only one who's put my ornaments away for the year only to unearth broken glass the following winter.