Simple Organization Hacks

These organizing hacks turn common household items into clever organizers that will streamline your storage and cut the clutter in your kitchen, bathroom, and other rooms.

Turn common household items into clever organizers that will streamline your storage and cut the clutter in your kitchen, bathroom, and more.

Tangled phone chargers, chaotic entryway dumping grounds, and messy makeup drawers are all common everyday struggles. But you don’t have to invest in an expensive organizer to solve these storage headaches. Look to other areas of the house for items you can repurpose in your bathroom, kitchen, entryway, and bedroom. With these clever organization hacks, you’ll never have to hunt down your keys or favorite lipstick again.

1. Mesh File Organizer for Towels

Turn a small metal mesh file organizer into a handy spot for rolled washcloths and hand towels. Rolling towels instead of folding them is an easy way to fit more in a small space. If multiple people are using the same bathroom, you could even color-code the towels by family member.

2. Sock Organizer for Cups

Sock organizers are useful for socks, of course, but the small slots also work well in the kitchen. Deep kitchen drawers tend to get cluttered quickly, so use a sock organizer to give each cup its own spot. This simple trick will make both getting cups out and putting them away easier, as well as prevent the cups from clinking against each other.

3. Buckets for Entryway Items

Entryways are notorious for becoming black holes for the items we bring home each day. Hang labeled mini buckets on hooks for each family member to stash essentials like keys and sunglasses. Don’t forget pets. Give the dog a bucket for leashes and doggie bags so you can grab them for walks. This DIY entryway zone is the perfect solution if space around your front door is limited or you live in an apartment.

4. Plastic Bags for Craft Supplies

For easy-to-see storage for office supplies, craft materials, or small toys, try this: Sort items into zippered plastic bags and clip them on pants hangers. Finally, a way to clear those items off the floor and countertops.

5. Magnets for Makeup

Use strong glue or a hot-glue gun to attach magnets to the backs of makeup containers, then hang them all on a magnetic memo board. It’s an all-in-one makeup display and storage solution for your vanity. If you don’t have a magnetic board, line a thrift shop tray with patterned paper for an easy upcycling project.

6. Binder Clips for Cords

Untangling bunched up charger cords doesn't need to be part of your daily routine. Say no more to tangles with the help of a humble office item: the binder clip. Clip it onto the side of a decorative tray then thread the cord though it. Now your charger will be where you need it when you need it. If your binder clips are plain, dress them up with a strip of washi tape.


  1. I like the binder clips for cords, too. I just can't ever get the ends through.

    1. You can squeeze the handle and it will come out then place the cord inside the handle and put it back in the clip

    2. I think for a big plug like the one pictured you'd have to fold the clips down, insert the cord, then raise them back up.

  2. Such great organization ideas.

  3. I really liked today's tips,especially the file clips for cords.

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