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Everyday household items can be used in more ways than you think. Here are some unexpected items that provide perfect storage space.
Tuck mittens and scarves into wall-mounted paint cans to keep them neat and easily accessible for the whole family. It's a great way to get organized and recycle old cans!
Wall-mount a shower caddy for the perfect gift-wrapping center. Store cards and stationery on the shelves. Attach ribbon to a mesh container and hang it from one of the hooks to store pens and pencils. Rest wrapping paper on the bottom shelf and hang scissors from a hook.
Use a hand-towel rack to easily store ribbon spools. Unscrew the caps on either side to slide on the spools; the caps keep them from sliding off. Let the coils neatly fall into the base.
Get the look: Slit the seamed end of pretty pillowcases, apply liquid stitching adhesive, and cover the opening with coordinating bias tape, available at most sewing supplies stores.
Avoid hanger-induced bumps by draping sweaters over a towel stand, using the extra space below for shoes. The rack fits under hanging clothes for perfect closet organization.
Store and display small office supplies, such as paper clips and pushpins, in these hanging glass bulbs. Simply unscrew the bulb from the lid and throw in your supplies for easy storage.
For a unique and organized display, attach decorative vintage forks to the wall to hold tickets, receipts, and business cards.
Store all your liquor and drink-making ingredients on a rolling cart to bartend anytime, anywhere. Compartments and hanging racks for glasses make things easily accessible and within reach.
An old discarded shutter is a perfect family communications center. Replace the top slats with corkboard and sort mail in the bottom slats.
Mounted hangers serve as a unique coat rack for easy entryway organization. Attach sawed-off wooden hangers to a board by screwing them in through the back. Add heavy-duty picture hangers to the back of the board for mounting on the wall. Throw hats on top and hang purses and coats on the hangers' hooks.
Drawer organizers do more than organize your desk -- they're perfect for keeping game pieces separated. Keep chess pieces, checkers, and dominos separate and you'll never have to throw away a game because of missing pieces again.