Homeowners across the U.S. are drowning in their stuff — and desperately looking for ways to organize it.
Home organization products constitute an $9.7 billion industry in the U.S., according to the Freedonia Group market research firm.
But for every newfangled organizational contraption, there is often a simpler — and cheaper — solution.
The tension rod is one such solution. It lacks the novelty of the latest organizational product, but makes up for it with multi-functionality.
You can find these little wonders for less than $5 or $10 at retailers such as:
Here are eight ways to convert tension rods into anything from a filing cabinet to a spice rack.
1. Filing ‘cabinet’
After Stephanie Adams of the blog The House on Hillbrook found that even file cabinets at thrift stores were too expensive, she got creative with a chest she already owned.
She used tension rods to create a built-in filing system that still left plenty of storage space in the chest — all for $13, including the hanging file folders.