February 1, 2016
Every January, I get in the mood to organize everything in my house. Does that happen to anyone else?? Once the holiday decorations are put away, I just want a clean, clutter free, place to live. I think it's good for the soul too. When my house is organized, it's like my mind is clearer and happier too. So today we bring you 25 Creative Ways to Organize Every Room in Your House.
Kitchen Organizing Hacks:
We'll start in the kitchen. I have always wished I had those awesome pullout drawers in my cupboards but have never wanted to spend the money to have them installed. Using these totes is a quick and simple solution by Everyday Organizing.
I am in love with this hanging wire basket on the end of the island or cabinets from Golden Boys & me. It adds beautiful storage space for things you grab everyday.
I think the freezer is a tough place to keep organized. I love how If You Do Stuff, Stuff Gets Done uses reusable grocery bags to sort out beef, pork, poultry and fish. Boxes or totes would work too. As a reminder, make sure to machine wash those reusable bags on a regular basis to prevent food contamination.
Bathroom Storage Ideas:
This is a great storage solution for toothbrushes for young kids. I like it because mounting a cup on the back of a cabinet door means kids can easily reach them, the toothbrushes are off of the counter and when the cup gets sticky and wet and gross (and trust me, it will), you can just removed them from the hooks and throw them in the dishwasher. See below for a list of supplies and a close up picture.
Attach two Command hooks side by side or next to each other. (Use two hooks per cup to keep the cup from tipping to the side). Punch two holes in the back of the cup with a hole punch, the same distance apart as the hooks. Hang cup up.
This one is pure genius. Dawn Nicole Designs put a tension rod in the back of the bathtub with some "S" hooks to hang shower supplies. I think this would work great for kids bath toys too. It's up and out of the way.
I love this idea for storing curling irons and flat irons by Family Handyman. Curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers and their cords can create such a mess in the bath room. Use an industrial self sticking velcro tape to attach 5-in. lengths of 2-in.- diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door for holding the curling irons. Do the same with pieces of 1-1/2-in.-diameter pipe to hold the cords. to attach 5-in. lengths of 2-in.- diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door to hold the curling irons. I'm gling to have to do this!
I love it when you can take an item that you don't need anymore and re-purpose it to make your life easier. This Ice Cube Tray Jewelry Storage is perfect for small things like earrings, bracelets and charms. Ice cube trays also stack on top of each other which means you could store a lot of items in a small space without getting them tangled.
This is one of those ideas that is so super clever. Use a soda pop can tab to double your hanger space. I've seen little gizmos at the store for as much as $6.00 for a dozen and they are bulky and get in the way. The little soda tabs will go un-noticed on hangers that aren't double up. This would also work well to organize outfits together.
You have to check out this $10 linen closet makeover by A Bird and a Bean. The before and after pictures show what some inexpensive baskets and labels can do for any closet.
I saw recently on Pinterest where pinners were suggesting a closet organizing hack of putting shower rings along the bottom of a hanger so you could hang multiple tank tops. I wasn't successful with that. I tried several different kinds of hangers and the rings just slid all over the hanger making it unbalanced when I removed a top. After playing around with the rings I came up this idea instead.
Use a round shower ring that snaps together. You can pick up a dozen of them at Target for around $1.25. Then add "C" type shower rings (up to 7 or 8) to the ring ($2.48 for 12 via eBay.com). What you're left with is a perfect little gizmo just right for hanging your camis and scarves.
Bedroom Storage Ideas
At first glance, this may seem more like an office idea, and it would work there too. But I think a lot of people charge their phones and devices in the bedroom. I know we got tired of having a mess of charging cords from the floor up to the top of the nightstand and this solved that problem in 10 minutes.
- Adhere the power strip to the back of the drawer using sticky backed Velcro. 2. Drill a small hole in the back of the nightstand. Make sure it's large enough to get the plug through. Put the cord over the back of the drawer and out the hole. 3. Attach all of your chargers and close the drawer. No cord mess anymore!
This shoe storage ottoman is from Overstock ($350) but you could move a storage ottoman from another room in the house and re-purpose it for shoe storage.
Or, modify a less expensive one from Target.com. They will automatically drop in price by 15% to $127 when you add them to your cart (ends 1/30). It would look great at the foot of the bed and would give a great place to sit down and put on your shoes too.
The Sweetest Digs has a great tutorial on how to turn these $3.99 IKEA spice racks into beautiful books shelves for a child's room. I love that you could paint the spice racks any color and they are a perfect fit for narrow wall space.
Office/Craft Room Organization
Wired has a fantastic way to keep cords from falling behind your desk. A few binder clips, clipped onto the overhang of your desk will keep them all in place.
This giant, fabric covered bulletin board is a great way to organize your office space and totally inexpensive too. You can find all the details on how to make this huge bulletin board for under $15 here on Coupons4Utah.
If your home office has a closet in it, this is a great way to manage wrapping paper. Just it up and it's out of the way. The clear garment bag allows you to easily see what's inside. Great idea The Chic Site.
My Case Studies has used an old wine rack and clear tumblers to store markers. I love the way it turned out. If you don't have one, these wire wine racks are usually abundant at thrift stores and yard sales for super cheap. I think this would look really cute with these colorful etched tumblers found at Walmart.com.
Finally, Laundry Room Tips
Simply Designing turned Closet Maid storage cubes into beautiful laundry room shelving. I adore the way this looks and it's functional too.
I keep a jar in my laundry room for things I find in peoples pockets but this idea from Little Luna is such a cute and decorative way to solve a common problem.
Ironing boards take up valuable space in a laundry room. House of Smiths created this ironing board hanger using coat hooks so that it would look more like part of the decor and less utilitarian.
Last, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite decorative storage solutions. This Winsome Wood Magazine Rack is currently reduced in price on Amazon.com (currently $37.65, reg. $59). I own one of these that I keep in a slender spot in the kids room. It's a great catch-all for their toys and books. It would also be great in the laundry room or bathroom. The rack can hang horizontal or vertically.