15 Surprising Ways to Organize Your Home
Bucket Hose Storage
Turn a galvanized paint bucket into a practical and inexpensive caddy for a garden hose and sprinkler.
Bag the Small Stuff
Here's a genius idea for your entryway closet: Loop clear plastic bags around a hanger or two for easily lost items like gloves, hats, and scarves.
Hang a large tote bag in a central location in the house and encourage family members to drop in unwanted clothes, housewares, toys, and other items. When the bag is full, all you'll have to do is pick it up and take it to your local charity.
Shutters as Organizers
You might have never thought of bringing window shutters inside, but here's proof they can be just as functional and attractive when used to organize mail and invitations, display artwork, or hang a message.
Magnetic knife holders sold at kitchen-supply stores can be mounted to the wall with a few screws and will keep paintbrush bristles from being squashed. You can also store other metal tools and utensils this way.
Keep unruly balls of twine in line with big aluminum funnels, which serve as organizers and dispensers.
Line a drawer organizer with silhouettes of your tools so you’ll always know where your monkey wrench goes (and when it goes missing). Just print our tool clip art onto sticker paper and attach to the drawer.
Terry-Cloth Bathroom Caddy
Clear off bathroom countertops by storing toiletries in a hanging organizer. To make one, just stitch a few seams in a hand towel.
Cereal Box Organizers
Kids go through cereal fast. Make use of all the empty boxes by turning them into coordinated desktop organizers. Large boxes work well for books, small ones for supplies.
Mini Office in a Chest
No space for a home office? Keep folders, supply organizers -- even a bulletin board -- right inside a chest in your bedroom.
Rather than clutter a single hook with several sets of keys, make a custom board that gives each set its own clearly labeled space.
Don't let your matching sheets get lost in the linen closet. Use this simple trick: Tuck a sheet set inside one of its pillowcases, and then stack according to size (twin, full, queen, king) or by the room you use the sheets in (master bedroom, guest room).