The late comedian George Carlin famously talked about “stuff” in what became one of his most epic stand-ups:
“This is my stuff, that’s your stuff … That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house is: a place to keep your stuff.”
As we all know, stuff becomes a problem! We have too much stuff and need to find ways to keep it all organized. So check out these 15 hacks, guaranteed to save time, space and money.
1. Organize your jeans with S hooks
How many years have you folded your jeans neatly on a shelf? That’s great — until you’re suddenly running late, looking for your favorite pair, and they all get thrown on the floor as you make a mad dash to the door.
S hooks are less than a dollar each at the hardware store and fit perfectly on any clothing rack. Now, you can see every pair in your closet and they don’t get that annoying crease from being folded. You can even organize them in order from the skinny jeans you haven’t worn since 1997 across to the fat pants you’ve been meaning to donate. Here’s a 40-pack at Amazon.
2. Use a pegboard to organize jewelry
There’s nothing more frustrating than going into your jewelry box to pull out a necklace, only to find it’s in a tangled knot with 11 other necklaces. No one’s got time for jewelry drama like that.
Mounting a pegboard allows you to organize jewelry with hooks so you can hang each necklace freely, as well as ensuring your earrings always have a mate.
3. Stack bracelets onto a paper towel holder
Chunky bracelets can take up too much space in drawers or jewelry boxes, so stack them onto the rod of a standing paper towel holder for easy access. Here’s one at Amazon.
4. Use pool noodles as tall boot shapers
Your tall boots will never slouch at the bottom of a closet again! Instead of shelling out money for expensive boot hangers, cut up a styrofoam pool noodle and your boots will stand tall and perfectly in line. While you can also buy these at Amazon, you can often find them for a buck at the dollar store.
5. Roll up your tanks and tees
Even if you fold your tank tops and T-shirts neatly, it may take some digging to find the one you’re looking for. Rolling them up like little sushi rolls is not only is a space saver, but it also allows you to easily reach for the one you want because they’re not piled on top of one another.
Simply fold in half lengthwise, fold in half again and roll it up.
6. Use a shower liner with pockets to organize toiletries
A single shower rack doesn’t usually have enough room for multiple shampoos, conditioners and all those bath and beauty products you have piled up, spilling into the tub.
A shower liner with pockets is an easy solution that will keep your products organized and out of sight after you hang a shower curtain. Here’s one on Amazon.
7. Organize makeup brushes in jars of coffee beans
Dig those makeup brushes out of the bottom of your makeup bag and keep them cleaner and more organized with coffee beans!
All you need is a container filled with some beans, and your brushes will stay standing and separated. Bonus — if you run out of java in the kitchen, you’ve got some reserves!
8. Use a hanging shoe rack for scarves and bandannas
A hanging shoe rack serves as the perfect place for organizing scarves, bandannas, belts and other accessories.
9. Transform a junk drawer with small plastic bins
Instead of blindly fishing through whatever you threw into your bathroom vanity drawer, keep items separated with small plastic containers. Secure each container with a small amount of museum putty to keep it in place.
10. Put a clothes rack by the dryer for a no-wrinkle finish
As soon as your clothes are dry or almost dry, having a rack nearby to hang up shirts and slacks makes it easier to go from dryer to closet — as well as a way to keep clothes from getting wrinkled when they’re tossed in a laundry basket.
11. Use a silverware tray to organize office supplies
Still looking for those batteries you bought not too long ago? Silverware trays are a great way to keep office drawers organized with spaces for household essentials, from tape and stamps to chargers and pens.
12. Display kitchen counter must-haves with a cake stand
A decorative cake stand can be an attractive way to organize utensils, salt and pepper shakers, and all of your kitchen counter odds and ends in one place.
13. Make over your spice cabinet
Spice racks get easily disorganized when you have a zillion different-sized bottles and jars — and how old is that fennel seed in the back of the cabinet, anyway?
Buying inexpensive spice jars in bulk to replace original containers will create a uniform look. Then, attach chalkboard stickers for easy labeling. Place the jars on risers so you can see each spice easily.
14. Keep pantry items organized
It can be hard to keep all of your oils straight, between the coconut oil, olive oil, canola oil and that weird oil your sister-in-law brought back from Europe.
Using inexpensive trays with labels can keep similar pantry items all in one place. Plus, it’s easy to inventory what you have and what you need next time you hit the store.
15. Use Mason jars in the pantry
No more toothpicks falling all over the kitchen floor when you have a miniature Mason jar to keep them in one place! Since Mason jars come in so many convenient sizes, you can use them to organize all of your loose pantry products, from straws to spatulas.
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