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De-Cluttering Small Things

The Martha Stewart Show, September 2006

Here are three easy Good Things to help you organize your smallest things.

Notebook Organizer
Organize receipts, lists, and other items in a notebook that can accommodate papers of different sizes. Use the special Circa Desk Punch from Levenger to create holes in your items. Then, attach the items to plastic disks -- the plastic disks make up the spine of your notebook. Create numerous sections for your different activities.

Membership Card Organizer
One way to quickly and easily organize membership cards is to place all of them on a ring. Simply punch a hole in each card and add it to the ring. Try to punch all of your cards in the same spot to make identifying them easy.

Earring Organizer
Do you ever find that your earrings turn into an unmanageable jumble? Here's a simple solution: Place small cups (Martha used Japanese sake cups) on a tray, and place a pair of earrings in each cup. This method makes organizing earrings easy and attractive.

Circa Desk Punch (ADS630; $64) and plastic disks are available at Levenger.

Comments (26)

  • Zetacat 3 Jan, 2012

    Another great way to store earrings is in stackable ice cube trays. They accommodate most earrings and you can sort by different trays.

  • kaydeebee 3 Jan, 2012

    I've been using Levenger's Circa notebooks, agendas, etc. for years. I also have the Desk Punch and various size plastic disks that let me customize notebooks and datebooks the way I like.

  • CakeLady46 19 Sep, 2011

    I keep a loose leaf notebook with clear protectors to organize all of the instruction books , warranties, receipts etc for all of my appliances. From my rice cooker to the TV. One place. Easy to find. Easy to store. Done!

  • CakeLady46 19 Sep, 2011

    Free ! Use plastic/foam egg cartons. They have lids, stack beautifully, can be written on, and travel if necessary. Don't tip over; hold 12 pair of earrings , chain bracelets, been using them for years. Foam is soft enough to offer some protection. Not pretty enough for top of the dresser, but great in drawers. My local grocery store sells 2 1/2 doz.egg cartons that are clear and sturdy. Use them for desk and bead storage. The egg shape indentations make it easy to scoop out the contents.

  • GoldieW 20 Nov, 2010

    There is also a wonderful IPhone app called CardBank (vy inexpensivee) which keeps all my store cards stored electronically. Truly a space saver, since I always have my phone w/me.

  • elvisniel 14 Jun, 2010

    I have had all my store cards on a ring forever! It makes things so much easier!
    Something else I do is keep all my elastic hair bands on a repelling hook, then they never get lost.

  • Kelltx 2 May, 2010

    I nearly forgot...depending on how large the ponytail holders are you can purchase really inexpensive ice trays (they come in many shapes, sizes and colors now), or a clear plastic tackle organizer/ craft or beading organizer that has several compartments with dividers (some of them are customizable) to store any small items from earrings - to - ponytail holders and everything in-between.

  • Kelltx 2 May, 2010

    My idea is similar to the paint board and hook idea...I purchased really inexpensive tie racks and mounted them to the wall behind my bathroom door as well. I hang everything on those tie racks from necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, to ponytail holders and pool passes, to belts, etc., and if I need more of a custom area for somethings to hang, perhaps more room for a solid metal choker necklace that is a wide silver circle, I just screw a cup hook into the wall or back of my bathroom door.

  • inafriesen 18 Apr, 2010

    On the wall behind by bathroom door I secured a painted board. Purchased tiny stick-on hooks at the dollar store and and attached them to the board. It hold loads of bracelets, rings and pony tail accessories.

  • jaimeislove 21 Feb, 2009

    For hair scrunchies, I got an empty paper towel roll, spray painted it white and after it dried I put the hair ties around it. If they were larger ones, I wrapped them around it twice.

  • extex1 15 Feb, 2009

    I have a lot of hair bands and scrunchies that were crocheted by my mother-in-law. I don't have a good deal of space on the vanity to keep them. Any suggestions of where to store or organize them?
    Sandra E in Oregon

  • LadyAquilla 1 Feb, 2009

    in my bathroom vanity, the drawers are 8 inches dee and impossible to store thins without loss of space - would like to make tiers but it isn't working-each time I try to get to the bottom row, I must move all of the to row-suggestions lease--thanks a bunch

  • KittinKitten 16 Oct, 2008

    I have placed a tie rack that holds 36 ties in my closet and I hang my lighter necklaces on it. It works great, they are easy to see and select and they don't get tangled.

  • tgtali 11 Oct, 2008

    For earrings I use ice cube trays !

  • enidr 2 Sep, 2008

    I use a sheet of plastic canvas (the kind used for wool crafts) it even comes with a hanger on one end, all types of earrings can be hung through the squares. I hang it on the wall in my closet next to a pretty mirror and antique doorknobs which I use to hang up scarfs and necklaces, accessories all together makes for quick finishing touches.

  • terriavidreader 12 Aug, 2008

    For earrings - use an embroidery hoop inserted with cross-stitch fabric (aida cloth). It organizes earrings well and makes displaying them easy. A few styles won't work this way, but most will, especially posts and small ones. You can put in a closet or I put mine behind my bedroom door on the wall - a neat display and easy to get the right ones for the outfit.

  • jasmine4494 7 Aug, 2008

    Although not as aesthetically appealing as the sake cups, I find that the humble weekly pill box works very well for keeping my earrings organized and ready to pack in a suitcase at a moment's notice.

  • Searia 22 Jul, 2008

    For organizing my earrings I used the same craft boxes (with built in compartments and attached lids) that I use to store my beads. You can see through the lid and can sort your jewelery anyway you want..... colour, size, shape, studs, dangles. The boxes also stack safely and easily and won't accidently pop open.

  • lindacabler 6 Apr, 2008

    I used spray adhesive to attach a pretty fabric to an egg carton to hold my earrings and small jewelry. Be sure to use glue made for styrafoam.

  • beulah2 1 Apr, 2008

    I have an even easier solution for the storage of eaarrings - use a plastic ice tray. I managed to find one with 60 compartments. A cloth cover secured to the top with strips of velcro will keep each pair in its rightful compartment. I also use an ice tray (a smaller one) to keep my lipstick in - put the tubes upside down so you can see the colour name easily.
    Beulah van Rooyen

  • kellystp 31 Mar, 2008

    I will definitely use the small saki cups for my stud earrings. I hang my dangly and hoop earring on a doily that I have tacked to the wall.

  • beadlady1 27 Mar, 2008

    I store my earrings in small craft boxes, the type you can find in the beading section of a craft store. The boxs fit on my shelf. A single pair in a square. Its great because when I am in a hurry I do not leave the house with two different earrings on.

  • halfpint2 6 Mar, 2008

    Due to seeing all the different ways that Martha Stewart was doing to get organized, the baskets.,those are nice for my towels and other things,
    I never thought of using the little cups for all the small things .And I
    want to tell you, my Husband is going blind and he liked the way I've got all his
    personal things in baskets. I order a cabinet for his bathroom, and the baskets are on the shelfs in order.I thank you for all the good ideas.

    From Loretta Hurley

  • CraftyRachel 16 Jan, 2008

    My mother stores her earrings on an attractive but inexpensive scarf she bought on a trip. She hung the scarf along the top with nails and then hung her earrings on them by punching them through the loose-weave fabric. It's perfect for a dressing area where you don't mind the busy look of seeing them all at once.

  • Rosamarie 16 Jan, 2008

    What I use for earrings is a small single layer fishing tackle box. It has separate sections for each set of earrings and even has a lid on it.

  • lindadarnell 13 Jan, 2008

    Since I have 20 or more pairs of earrings, I bought an inexpensive tool organizer at a garage sale. I placed the white earrings in one pull-out drawer, blue in another, and so on. I have had my earrings in that container for more than 5 years. I like having them sorted by color, and it helped with the clutter.