25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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Whether you have one kid or 8, toys  can quickly take over your home!  Finding a functional, stylish, child-friendly solution to toy storage can be difficult – not to mention pricey.  There’s also the added issue of finding room for storage pieces that are large enough to accommodate all the kid clutter . Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can cut costs, including reusing old or found items, shopping thrift stores, flea markets and rummage sales, utilizing common storage in uncommon ways, and considering underused storage spaces (like walls, doors backs, etc.).  If you need some ideas for wrangling the toy mess, we’ve got you covered!  Here are 25 fun toy storage ideas that are bound to have you thinking outside the toy box!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsUpholstered Bucket Storage Ottoman, Killer B. Design – Repurpose a galvanized tub with mdf, foam and fabric to create storage that doubles as an ottoman!  Not only is this a green project, but it’s multifunctional and pretty to boot.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Under-bed Storage, That’s My Letter – This is a simple build from plywood and castors.  The great thing about this storage is that it easily slides completely out of view into an totally unused space – under the bed!  It keeps things organized and tucked away.  Plus it’s easy to build and personalize to your decor.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fruit Basket, 8FootSix – In this case, the hanging tiered fruit basket is suspended from a shower curtain rod for bath toy storage – which is a clever enough idea on its own.  But this could easily translate into bedroom storage – in the closet or from a hook on the ceiling.  It’s simple and inexpensive and has an industrial feel.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Toy Box, Creative Dominican – Using an inexpensive rubbermaid tote for storage?  You can glam that up to look like a fancy pants, custom built toy box in no time!  Cover it with fabric and add some fence post caps for feet!  It’s inexpensive and can hold lots of toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPlastic Tote turned Basket, Happy Go Lucky – Here’s another large plastic tote idea!  Get the look of an oversized, expensive, lined basket by wrapping the bin with jute twine!  Add castors for even more functionality and style.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsPeek-A-Boo Bags, Tiny Sidekick – Here’s a storage solution you can sew yourself.  These bags are super handy for keeping small toys together by category.  It’s easy for the kids to see what goes where and you can hang them, place them in a drawer or box, or line them up on a shelf.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCrate Bench, Operation Home – Turn old (or new) crates into a trendy storage bench!  Kids will have a place to store toys and books PLUS plenty of seating when playing!  It’s a fairly easy build and requires basic materials.  You can paint or stain it to match decor – or make it shorter or longer to accommodate the size of the room!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Tool Box, Better Homes and Gardens – This is a prime example of thinking outside the box and utilizing common storage in an uncommon way!  Large stand alone tool boxes are typically found in the garage, but when you bring it into a play room or kids bedroom, it can be great for storing toys!  Not only does it have a vintage industrial feel that is popular right now, but they can be found at thrift stores and flea markets for a fraction of normal toy storage prices.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAntique Crate Floating Shelves, Babble – Turn an old crate on its side and attach it to the wall.  You’ve got instant floating shelves for all sorts of storage needs!  If your crate has separate compartments, even better!  You can store small toys in their own slots for even more organization.  The plus with this one is that these crates are relatively easy to find and inexpensive.  Plus, you’re utilizing wall space, keeping your floors clear for playing!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Crate Bench, This Little Street – I don’t need to point out all the awesome functions for this little upcycled project, do I??  It’s a storage box for toys!  It’s a window seat for reading!  It’s a footstool to kick up your feet and relax!  Plus, it rolls anywhere you need it – and can even roll out of sight when necessary.  Pick your own look – with fabrics, paint, stain or natural wood – to match it to your room.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsStuffed Animal Net, A Lemon Squeezy Home – A super easy sewing project that you can personalize with colors and patterns leads to some cute hammock-style organization!  You could make this for dolls and small, light toys as well, not just stuffed animals.  Considering making a set and hanging them in a tiered fashion, one above the other, for even more space.  It’s inexpensive, easy and keeps toys up off the floor!  Every room as an unused corner just waiting to be utilized!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsCar Play and Store Mat, The Creative Vault – This cute car mat cinches up tightly into a bag to hold cars and roadway accessories!  If your kids love playing with a specific “set” of toys, consider making them a themed mat in a circle shape like this one.  With a draw string around the outside, it’s easy to leave the toys where they are and simply pull the bag closed around them.  You could do a zoo theme for animal toys, a neighborhood for dolls or cars, or even a flat “dollhouse” with interactive flaps.  Once the bag is cinched up, hang it from a hook or stash it in the closet for easy storage.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsKnife Rack Storage, Just a Girl and her blog – It might seem counterintuitive to attach knife racks to the wall in a kids’ room, but imagine the storage possibilities!  Anything small and metal just gets stuck right up there!  Cars and trains are the obvious choices, but you could also store magnetic building toys, gear toys, phonics toys, or any toys that come in a small metal box.  The ones from Just a Girl and her blog are from Ikea – they’re super affordable and easy to install.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Table and Storage, Refurbished Ideas – If you’ve got car tracks, train tracks, legos, blocks, puzzles, or anything that involves a lot of pieces and or building, this idea is not only storage brilliance, it’ll keep you sane!  There’s no way a kid wants to clean up all their hard work and effort and put it away in neat bins at the end of the day.  With a rolling table, they can leave their imaginations on pause, push the toys under the bed, and pick up where they left off the next day!  You can build them yourself with plywood and castors.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsAnimal Swing, It’s Always Autumn – With a little effort you can build a custom animal swing to hold all of your kids’ stuffed animals!  The bonus to this project is that it requires no special skills for the build.  The kids will love that they can still see their toys even when they’re “put away” and the floor remains clear of clutter!  You could use this for dolls, balls, even larger cars or plastic toys.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsDoor Back Tote Bags, Popsugar – Don’t forget about all that empty space on the back of your doors!  Label large canvas tote bags and hang them on hooks for ease in finding items and to keep them out of the way when needed.  No bulky furniture, building required, and even your walls stay clutter-free!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Planter Stuffed Animal “Chandelier”, DIY Inspired – You’ve seen hanging metal planters transformed into beaded “chandeliers” or mobiles in a kids’ room, right?  Well, why not make it decorative AND functional?  Pretty up a planter for a decorative element, then pop all the stuffed animals inside.  Don’t just limit it to stuffed animals, either!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHideaway Lego Tray - This handy device is great for stowing small toys away out of sight.  When all your kids’ have to do in order to clean up is slip a tray under a couch or bed, their rooms are bound to be spotless!  The tray is great because it serves as play space for almost any small toy, not just legos, and doubles as a hard surface for games, puzzles or placing snacks on!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRepurposed Dresser Drawers, The Golden Sycamore – Even if you can’t build your own under-bed storage, and even if your bed is low to the ground, you can still take advantage of the space beneath!  Just use old dresser drawers!  You can find old drawers at resale stores like Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Thrift stores and flea markets.  Just make sure the drawers are sturdy, fill them with toys, and slip them under the bed!  Drawers can be found in tons of sizes, depths, widths, and heights, so they’re a great option for an awkward under-bed area.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsMesh Bag Storage, fudge banana swirl – Keep all those tiny parts together with mesh storage bags!  Even if you’ve found a larger storage solution already, it can be hard to keep multi-piece toy sets together.  Mr. Potato Head loses all sorts of facial features, Barbie can’t find any shoes, legos are scattered throughout four different rooms, and puzzle pieces from all different puzzles end up in the bottom of the toy box… if you’re sick of the headache of searching for that long lost piece, use simple mesh bags to corral sets together, then simply place them in your larger storage area – be it a box, bin or closet.  You don’t have to make them yourself, and you can purchase them on the cheap at the dollar store!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFigurine Cubby, Young House Love – Whether it’s action figures, cars, La La Loopsies, Disney Princesses, Squinkies, Littlest Pet Shop, or the hundred other very small toys that kids love to collect, this wall cubby is the perfect place to keep them safe.  The plans and a full tutorial make building this piece a breeze.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsRolling Chalkboard Box, A Beautiful Mess – While these chalkboard boxes started out as simple wooden crates that you can find at nearly any craft store,  the end result is chic and charming!  Covering the slats with plywood makes them even sturdier and allows to small toy storage – since there are no cracks to allow for escaped or runaway playthings.  The chalkboard paint is a nice touch that is both functional and fun – label your boxes for easy cleanup and let your kids decorate them!

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsHanging Fabric Storage Boxes, Ucreate – These are completely DIY-able.  The sewing is fairly easy to accomplish and the only other thing you need is a dowel or curtain rod.  Just slide the baskets on using the tab on the back and you’ve got vertical storage that’s cute and personalized.  You can make them nearly any size, though the tutorial illustrates large boxes perfect for toys and books.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsShelf Zoo, On the Banks of Squaw Creek – There are several versions of the stuffed animal “zoo” out there , with different types of “bars” to keep all the toys wrangled.  This particular idea for stuffed animal storage makes use of a shelf and wooden dowels to create the caged look.  It’s a clever way to keep toys from spilling off of shelves and all over the floor.  It would work well for dolls and other toys, as well.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kidsFrom Diaper Box to Toy Bin, 2 Little Faces – These toy bins are bright and whimsical with their fun patterns.  They’re also easy for little hands to use with their large, slanted openings.  But the best part?  They’re made from cardboard diaper boxes so won’t cost a dime to whip up!  The tutorial uses wrapping paper in child-friendly prints, but you can cover them with just about anything to suit your tastes.

 

Toys are one thing that are hard to keep organized. Small pieces make it a bit of a job. If you need some inspiration try one of these 25 Fun Toy Storage Ideas - Tipsaholic, #storage, #organization, #toystorage, #kids

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20 Pretty Storage Pieces You Can Buy

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Getting organized doesn’t have to mean you put everything in clear, plastic containers. While your traditional Rubbermaid or Sterilite pieces have their place, there are plenty of decorative items out there that will improve your home’s style and organization. Here are 20 pretty storage pieces you can buy (no DIY skills necessary).

1. Kate Spade Nesting Boxes

With fun labels featuring ‘stow away’, ‘keep it together’ and ‘put a lid on it’, these vibrant nesting boxes have just the right amount of sophistication and whimsy.

2. Vintage Wire Laundry Basket Hamper

While it claims to be a laundry basket, I can see fresh towels in here too.

3. Tripp Container with Lid

With the set of 3 available for only $5.99, I could find a use for these just about anywhere in my house! Coffee in the kitchen, holding odds and ends on my desk, toiletries in the bathroom etc.

4. McKenna Leather Bento Box

Looking for a home for your jewelry? Look no further than these lovely bento boxes.

5. Sundarra Canisters

Sundarra means ‘beautiful’ in Hindi, which makes these canisters aptly named thanks to their gorgeous texture and design.

6. Montolieu Wine Trunk

This gorgeous piece is meant for storing wine but it could also be used to hold other items.

7. Detolf Glass-Door Cabinet

When your stuff is too pretty to hide, this cabinet is just what you need. Use it to display keepsake pieces or collections.

8. La Jolla Baskets

Toys, blankets, laundry — the possibilities are endless with these classic and fun La Jolla baskets.

9. Cut Lace Vanity Tray

Feminine and functional, this tray comes in three different colors to suit your taste. You can use it both indoors and outdoors.

10. Nailhead Upholstered Storage Bench

This timeless piece serves so many functions and even has a safety hinge to protect fingers from getting smashed. Why not throw toys in there to make it into a stylish toy chest?

11. Zinc Oliver Rolling Cart

Cleaning up? Make your storage piece move with you this sturdy rolling cart.

12. Folding Wire Basket

This modern-looking wire basket makes for an ideal fruit bowl. Doesn’t it make you want to go buy lemons?

13. Monarch Mercury Jar

Ooh la la! These jars would certainly make any room from your living room to your bathroom instantly sophisticated.

14. Rolling Underbed Storage with Chalkboard

Chance are your current underbed storage is plastic and not nearly this pretty. Buy two or three of these boxes to instantly refresh your bedroom.

15. Stash Box

Do you find yourself constantly trying to find places to stash odds and ends? This box will do the trick.

16. Storage Basket

Small and sweet, this basket is ideal for holding anything from books to sewing materials.

17. Moroccan Wedding Baskets

Inspired by traditional Moroccan wedding blankets, these on-trend storage containers will add a unique flare to your home decor.

18. Small Nest Multi Tray

From notepads on the desk to make up in the bathroom, this tray will dress up any surface.

19. Mosaic Tea Tins

The vibrant colors of these mosaic tea tins will brighten your kitchen shelf and make tea-time extra fun.

20. Threshold Decorative Rope Basket

Cozy and pretty can be functional too! This decorative rope basket provides great storage for winter items like hats, gloves, and scarves.

 

 

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25 Clever Storage Ideas

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It’s hard to truly organize your home when you don’t have enough storage to put everything away. Well, now you can solve that problem with these 25 clever storage ideas for every room in your home!

1. Rotating Desk Organizer as Makeup Storage

Grab a rotating desk organizer and fill it up with face brushes, concealers, tweezers, and all of your makeup supplies. Now you can keep all of your makeup in one place and it’s so convenient to just twirl it around to find what you need.

makeup storage

2. Behind the Door Storage

The wall behind an open door can be considered as wasted space because you can’t exactly put up anything there, can you? Well, this smart behind the door storage adds hidden storage that would be perfect for a laundry room or garage.

behind door storage

3. Under the Bed Rolling Storage Boxes

Use the empty space under all the beds in your home by building these simple plywood boxes and adding casters to them. Paint or stain them in colors that match your beds and use them to hold extra toys, seasonal clothes, or shoes. Alternatively, you could use a couple of old drawers and add casters to the bottom for a similar result.

under bed storage

4. Clear Storage Bags

These clear toy storage bags with a drawstring closure are a great DIY project you can do yourself if you have a sewing machine and the skills. Using clear vinyl and your favorite fabrics, sew up cute toy storage bags that can hold your kids’ tiny toys. You could also use them for all kinds of things, from hair ties to makeup.

clear storage bags

5. Magnet Tape Bathroom Storage

Are you always losing tiny metal bathroom objects, like tweezers, bobby pins, and nail clippers? This clever storage idea is so easy: attach magnet strip tape to a cabinet door and stick your metal objects on it. Problem solved!

magnet tape

6. Magazine Holders as Kitchen Storage

Magazine holders are obviously useful for storing magazines and papers, but did you know they could also be used for holding aluminum rolls, parchment paper, and cling wrap? You could also use them to store cutting boards, candy molds, and any other thin objects you have in your kitchen. Store them upright to save on space in your pantry and cabinets.

magazine holders

7. Toilet Plunger Storage

The toilet plunger is an ugly thing but unfortunately a bathroom necessity. Hide it away in this smart storage solution that can also hold a bowl brush and bathroom cleaning chemicals. This kit comes with everything that you need to build out a little niche with a door in your bathroom.

toilet plunger storage

8. Soda Box as Can Storage

If you like to drink soda, you probably go through lots of cardboard packaging that hold soda. Instead of tossing them, wrap them in decorative paper and stick them in your pantry to hold your canned food.

soda box

9. Over the Stairs Mudroom

A mudroom is a really nice thing to have, but maybe you don’t have enough space for a dedicated mudroom. How about using the space along your staircase? Add shelves and hooks along the wall on your stairs for a place to store your family’s shoes, coats, and bags.

over stairs mudroom

10. Narrow Wall Shelves in the Bathroom

Shelves above the toilet in a bathroom is common, but have you ever thought about using the wall space right next to a toilet for narrow shelving? This is a great storage idea to hold towels, toilet paper, and other bathroom essentials.

side toilet shelves

11. Hooks on the Sides of a Kitchen Island

The sides of a kitchen island tend to be wasted space, but turn them into a cool storage solution by adding hooks in the form of cabinet pulls to hold up cutting boards or screws to hold pans.

hooks on kitchen cabinets

12. Above the Door Shelves

There’s some space above your doors — just enough space for a shelf. In a bathroom, you could store extra towels up there, while in a bedroom you could put up books. This is a great storage idea for smaller homes and apartments.

above door shelves

13. Bookshelves on the Sides of a Dresser

Here’s another clever storage idea to use on the side of a piece of furniture, this time a child’s dresser! Add shelves, like these spice racks, and drill them into the side of a dresser to hold your kid’s overflowing book collection.

shelves on sides of dresser

14. Hidden Jewelry Organizer as Art

There are so many different DIY jewelry organizer ideas, but this one is so crafty because it doubles as art for your bedroom. Mount a favorite photograph on a piece of wood and build a jewelry organizer with plywood and hooks. So pretty and useful.

hidden jewelry organizer

15. Key Storage Behind a Picture Frame

Sure, you could always simply drop off your keys into a bowl near your front door, but that’s not exactly safe and your keys can get all cluttered up with others’ keys and miscellaneous things. Keep your keys hidden and hung up nicely behind a cute picture frame in your entryway.

key behind picture frame

16. Shelves on a Half Wall

Do you have a half wall that’s just standing there with no purpose other than dividing two spaces into half? Add shelves to it and a new counter top to turn it into shelving storage.

shelves on half wall

17. Canned Food Storage on Wheels

Check your refrigerator in your kitchen. Do you have a small opening, maybe around 6 inches, between the refrigerator and the wall? You could build this tall and narrow canned food organizer on wheels and push it right into that tiny space for a whole lot of storage.

canned food storage

18. Trunk as Shoe Storage

There’s a lot of storage ideas for shoes floating around on the web, but a lot of them can do some damage to your favorite pair of heels or flats. Here’s a new idea: find a cool-looking trunk at a thrift shop and turn it into shoe storage by adding rods to hold the shoes up. This tutorial actually made the trunk from scratch; you could do that if you can’t find a nice trunk ready-made.

shoe storage trunk

19. Baskets on Hooks

If you have some wall space available, attach hooks on a strip of wood and hang up colorful baskets on them to hold anything you’d like, from kids toys to towels to garage tools. When you need to use a basket, just pull it off the hook and put it back when you’re done.

baskets on hooks

20. Drawstring Storage Bag

Lego and other tiny toys are always the bane of parents (and their bare feet), so here’s a really cute and convenient storage that makes it easy for your kids to clean up after themselves. This drawstring bag folds completely open to be used as a play mat and then you simply pull up the drawstring with all the pieces inside.

drawstring storage bag

21. Garage Storage Tower

These storage towers are so clever because they can hold your huge plastic storage tubs as well as various garage tools on hooks along the sides of the towers. Instead of losing wall space with run-of-the-mill garage shelves, this storage solution gives you even more hanging space.

garage storage tower

22. Hidden Storage Headboard

Thanks to thousands of DIY tutorials online, you can make your own upholstered headboard in any shape or style you’d like. Why not make one that comes with hidden storage to hold blankets, extra pillows, books, and more? Let this be your inspiration!

hidden headboard storage

23. Fold-out Desk

Do you need a desk somewhere in your home for work or homework but no space to put it? How about storing a desk right on the wall? This fold-out desk easily pulls down to form a nice white desk and folds away to look like a small, simple box on the wall.

foldout desk

24. Cable Storage Dresser

Sure, you could wrap your cables with rope, tape, or the latest organization gadget, but then where do you put them? You know, you’ll only need them when there’s only a few minutes to grab them and you’re panicking and digging everything up. Put all of your cables in one place in a small dresser and label them. This only takes a few minutes, but it’s oh so worth it.

cable storage

25. Shelves Between Bathroom Sinks

If you have a double vanity and not much storage space in your bathroom, try adding a shelf between the two sinks. It will look great even with a full mirror, but you could always swap it out with two smaller mirrors that fit on each side with enough room for the shelf.

shelves between vanity sinks

 

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10 Simple Clothing Organization Tips

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Is your closet and drawers overflowing with clothes? Does it take you a while to find everything you need to get dressed every morning? Try these 10 simple but effective clothing organization tips to eliminate clothing clutter and keep your closet and dressers neat and organized!

1. Fold T-Shirts in Horizontal Rows

Instead of folding t-shirts and putting them into vertical rows in your drawer, try putting them in horizontal rows so that you can see every single t-shirt when you open your drawer. It’ll also look so much more tidy and organized!

t-shirts

2. Hang Up Boots on Skirt Hangers

Long boots can be hard to store and organize, since they can flop over and cause a mess on your closet floor. Solve this problem with this clothing organization tip: hang them up with skirt hangers that come with clips. This will also help keep the shape of your boots intact throughout warmer (and non-boot) weather.

boots

3. Organize Scarves with Shower Curtain Rings

You’ll need a hanger (a strong wooden hanger is recommended) and shower curtain rings. Slide the curtain rings across the bottom of the hanger and put a scarf in each ring. This clothing organization tip would also work for tank tops and baseball hats.

scarves

4. Plan Out Kids’ Clothes for the Week

Make your mornings much easier by planning out your kids’ outfits for every day of the week. Use clothing tag labels made from cereal boxes and decorative paper and label them by the days of the week. Have your kids choose their outfits on Sunday and they’ll have one less decision to make during the morning rush. If you’d prefer to fold the clothes, a hanging organizer is another clothing organization tool that you could use to plan out outfits for the week.

kids clothes

5. Display Purses on a Curtain Rod

Take care of your purses and give them a home by putting up a curtain rod on a wall in your room or closet. Mount the rod on the wall and hang the purses on it by lifting the rod from the brackets. So easy and the result is really nice-looking!

purses

However, if you have lots of smaller purses and clutches, mounted wire baskets might work better to corral your purse collection.

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6. Show Off Baseball Hats

If someone in your family has a collection of baseball hats, they’re probably proud of it and want to show it off. However, baseball hats can be hard to display and are too easily thrown into a messy pile in a dark corner. Organize all these hats by gluing clothes pins on a skinny wood board and then pinning up the hats.

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7. Organize Kids’ Shoes

Tiny shoes are easily scattered all over the house, especially if you have more than one kid in your home. Try using brightly colored stackable bins, one color for each kid, for small shoes. This clothing organization tip would work great in a bedroom closet, a coat closet, or in an entryway.

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8. Keep Pants Out of the Drawer

Pants, especially work pants and trousers, can become wrinkled when they’re hidden away in a drawer. Hang your pants on this wall mount trouser closet organization tool and make it easy to find the pair you want every morning, wrinkle-free!

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9. Take Control of the Underwear Drawer

Do you just smash all of your underwear in a tiny drawer and struggle to close it everyday? Solve that problem with this cute diamond drawer organizer. Fit in one or two undies per compartment and close your drawer easily. This could be a good opportunity for you to go through your collection and throw out any old underwear.

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10. Hang Up Belts on a Hook

Have a nice collection of belts? Hang them on a hook or a double hook on a wall in your closet or another hidden spot. It’s easy to organize all of your belts, browse through to find what you need, and grab the one you want.

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Here’s to a more organized life, starting with our clothes! What do you think of these clothing organization tips? Do you have a clothing organization tip to share with us?

For more clothing organization tips, check out How to Organize Your Closet in 4 Steps.

 

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5 Tips for Better Car Organization

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You spend a fair amount of time in your vehicle, which means it’s susceptible to messes and disorganization just like your home. Why not invest a little bit of time to organize your car? This will help make running errands and taking your kids to their various activities go much smoother. You’ll also be prepared in case of an emergency. Here are five tips for better car organization.

 

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Make a DIY Car Kit

Ashley from 7th House on the Left shared how to make an awesome DIY car kit on IHeart Organizing. She uses a solid wicker basket to hold essentials like a first aid kit, tire repair kit, duct tape, bottled water, and warm blanket. She also organized all her important car-related papers (e.g. insurance card, owner’s manual etc.) in one folder to keep in the glove compartment. Taking the time to make a car kit will not only help you stay organized, it will also ensure you’re prepared in case of an emergency.

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Invest in Back Seat Organizers

Kids often need entertainment while riding in the car. Invest in back seat organizers to hold their toys, coloring books, and snacks. You can find many options to choose from on Etsy. If you’re adventurous and crafty, you can sew your own back seat organizers. Jennifer from Sewplicity has a great tutorial that shows how to customize the size based on your vehicle’s seats.

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Use a plastic cereal container as a garbage can

If your car is clean, it’s much easier to keep it organized. Garbage is one of the biggest culprits that leads to a messy car. A simple fix to this problem is to use a plastic cereal container as a garbage can. You’ll thank yourself for implementing this inexpensive solution.

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Organize your trunk with shower caddies

Heidi from The Castro HAPPYnings has one of the most organized car trunks I’ve ever seen. Her secret to keeping her mini-van clean and orderly is plastic shower caddies over the backs of her seats. The plastic pockets are filled with necessities like wipes, sunscreen, and much more. You can typically find inexpensive plastic shower organizers at your local Target, dollar store or online.

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Keep a large canvas bin or tote in the trunk

Keeping a large canvas bin or tote in the trunk will help keep your car organized while grocery shopping or running errands. Instead of just throwing your bags in the trunk, put your purchases in the bin to keep them from rolling around and dumping out. If your items aren’t too heavy, you can simply carry the tote inside with you and unload to save on multiple trips back to the car. This post on thekitchn.com shares 10 different bin options to choose from.

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8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer

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Organize your refrigerator and freezer and you’ll reduce food waste, prepare meals quickly, and clean faster. Take the time to organize your refrigerator and freezer with these eight tips and you’ll find yourself smiling every time you open the refrigerator door.

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Categorize food in clear plastic bins

Putting things in bins is always a great organizing tip and your refrigerator is no exception to this rule. Unpack all of your food, especially kids’ snacks, from their packaging and organize them in clear plastic bins. It’ll be easy for you and your family to find what they want to eat. It’ll look great, too! This organizing trick works well with soda cans, just make sure to grab plastic bins that are designed for cans like this one.

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Put extra condiments on a lazy susan

Do you love your condiments? Most people store their condiments in the doors of their refrigerator, but maybe that’s not enough space for your collection. Organize your refrigerator and freezer by adding a lazy susan on a shelf. Store the rest of your condiments on it and you’ll be able to quickly find what you need by just rotating the lazy susan.

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Get extra space with cabinet shelves

Instead of stacking your plastic containers on top of each other and having to unstack them every time you need something that’s on the bottom, use cabinet shelves to gain extra space in your refrigerator.

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Another idea is to use a corner cupboard organizer and put it in a corner of your refrigerator. Put your leftovers or your packaged lunches on your shelves and grab what you need without unstacking anything!

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Store opened wine with a wine holder

If you like to drink wine, you can easily store leftover wine in your refrigerator with this stackable wine holder. This organization tool prevents your wine bottles from rolling around in the refrigerator or taking up space in the shelves on your refrigerator doors. They would also work great for water bottles and glass soda bottles.

wine holderUse bowls to hold fruit

Round fruit, like oranges and apples, can roll around in refrigerator drawers and become bruised as a result. Grab a few bowls and put them in your refrigerator to hold your round fruit. Very simple and clever! Bonus points if you use pretty bowls in bright colors.

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Keep it clean with refrigerator liners

Make clean-up even easier by using refrigerator liners, such as these fridge coasters. Instead of scrubbing the plastic drawers and compartments in your refrigerator, simply lift up the fridge liners and wipe off the dirt. You could also make these DIY refrigerator liners using placemats.

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Freeze soup in freezer bags

To save space in your freezer, put soup in plastic freezer bags and lay them flat so you can stack them up. This is much more space-efficient than using bulky containers. Put freezer labels on them to keep track of the contents and the expiration dates. You could simply use masking tape and a sharpie to label them. If you’re not sure when your frozen food will expire, check this guide to expiration dates for frozen food.

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Write on the refrigerator or freezer (yes, really)

Here’s a cool idea: you could write right on the refrigerator or a deep freezer with a dry erase marker to keep track of the food you have in there. Another idea is to paint your freezer (or refrigerator) with chalk paint and write on it with chalk. Fun and practical!

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What other ways do you organize your refrigerator or freezer? For more organizing tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Your Garage.

 

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10 Great Examples of Family Schedules

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Creating a family schedule can often be a good way to keep track of the many things that keeps everyone busy throughout the day. But since every family has unique events and activities, the key to following that schedule is finding just the right one to fit your family’s needs. Here are 10 great family schedules. Even though each one is different, all are good examples of ways to keep a family’s day planned and organized.

 

1. Visual Family Schedule

If you have little ones who cannot yet read, a schedule with pictures, instead of words, is an easy way for everyone in the family to follow along.

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2. Colorful Dry-Erase Board Schedule

This is a different take on the Dry-Erase Board, and almost becomes a work of art on the wall. Simply frame colorful paper that complements the decor of the room. Then write on the glass with a dry-erase marker to keep all the days of the week planned out.
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3. Family Binder Schedule

For the family where just one schedule won’t do, make a binder to keep the various calendars, plans, and lists together. This is a great way to keep it all in one place and easy to find when needed.

Home Binder: Make your own or buy a pre-made kit. Either way, it's a great way to store all the 'lists' (grocery, menu, phone numbers, emergency, home repair, etc.) that we all tend to keep, but can never find.

4. Post-It Note Family Schedule

Make a large daily calendar on a poster board — if it’s big, you can’t miss it — and create a column for each person in the family. Then fill out each activity on a Post-It note. If the schedule needs to be rearranged later (say now Dad has to take the kids to soccer because Mom has a meeting that will run late), the events can easily be changed around by removing the Post-It from one person’s column and moving it to the new place.

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5. Electronic Family Schedule

Using an app like Cozi is an easy way to keep the family schedule at your finger tips. There are multiple websites that offer family calendars, just find the one that is the easiest for you and your family to use.

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6. Color Coded Family Schedule

Assign each member of the family a color. This way each person can know what they need to be doing at a certain time by looking for their color on the schedule. It also prevents the need to write out the same activity multiple times, if more than one member of the family is also doing the same thing.

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7. Family Schedule Board

Clipping information onto a board (with colorful clothes pins) will keep all schedules easy to read at a quick glance.

8. Decorative Window Chalkboard Family Schedule

Get creative with your family schedule. One way is to convert an old window with chalkboard paint into a handy way to jolt down the week’s events. There is even left over space for a grocery list and extra things to get finished.

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9. Framed Family Schedule

With young children or during certain parts of the year, your family schedule can be predictable. Add some style to the day by typing up your family’s daily to-do list and printing it out on a color printer. Framing it gives a finished look to the timeline.

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10. Store Bought Planner

For those families that would like the ease of a pre-made planner, there are several on the market that can get any family schedule of the right track to being organized.

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How to Create a Family Schedule to Organize Your Life

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For most families there are so many lessons, practices, meetings, social events, school activities, sports games and all the other things that keep a family busy it is hard to keep track of it all. Taking the time to make a family schedule can help, and finding just the right system can keep all of it running smoothly. These six tips to create a family schedule can help you put together just the right thing. Then, you and your family can be on your way to a more peaceful and organized life.

 

  1. Pick the right kind of family schedule for your family.

This is probably the most important step. Since each family is unique, what works for one might not for the other. Getting input from all family members is a great way to figure out what is the right one. Maybe your family is very tech savvy and would like a web based calendar that everyone can access. Or a color coded calendar on the wall might work. Here are a few examples of great family schedules to get ideas flowing.

  1. Keep it simple.

The goal of the family schedule is to keep everyone on the same page and organized. While it could be tempting to add a lot of creativity to this, don’t make the schedule so complicated that you have trouble remembering what it all means. A schedule that is easy to follow and can be read with a quick glance is probably best.

  1. Get the family involved.

If your family is part of both creating and maintaining the family schedule, they will be more likely to follow it. It will help them take ownership of the project, and hopefully they will see the value in it.

  1. Review it often during the day.

Once the family schedule is in place, take time to review it at certain designated points in the day. Evening is a good time, so you can lay out what is needed for the next day, and make plans to getting everything on the schedule accomplished. And with a quick glance in the morning, this will make sure nothing is forgotten.

  1. Add new appointments and activities right away…do not wait.

Keeping all events documented on the family schedule is the key to making it work. By putting everything on the family schedule as soon as it comes up, you can avoid forgetting about something. Hopefully, this will prevent any kinks in the flow of the daily activities.

  1. Evaluate and only keep the most important activities.

Once your family has been using the family schedule for awhile look it over and see how it is working. Since everything is written out it would be easy to see how everyone is spending their day. Ask yourself a few questions: Are too many things being planned? Are the goals of your family being accomplished during the day? Maybe, there is something that you or another family member would rather be doing, and with a little tweaking of the schedule they can do it. By letting the family schedule evolve as needed, it will keep it working for your family.

 

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16 Best Garage Organization Tools

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The garage is often a problem area for even the most organized homeowners. Luckily, there’s a lot of great garage organization tools out there that can help you whip your garage into shape and make it possible to use the space for whatever you need it for: a workroom, a gym, or even just a place to park the car.

Naturally, you’ll probably need some shelves, some cabinets, and lots of storage bins in all sizes and shapes to pack up and organize a lot of stuff that you keep in the garage. But let’s move beyond that and see what other garage organization tools are out there and which ones will fit your needs.

6 best garage organization tools

Overhead Garage Storage Rack

Is your garage overflowing with storage bins? Clear some space by putting your storage bins up on an overhead storage rack. This rack can hold up to 600 pounds — that’s a lot of Christmas decor that you can put away!

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Bike Rack

There are so many different garage organization solutions for bikes that the best product for you depends on how many bikes you have and how you want to store your bikes.

If you’re short on space in your garage, this freestanding bike rack will hold two bikes without anything having to be mounted on the wall or ceiling. However, you can still mount it to the wall if you want to thanks to an optional mounting bolt that’s included.

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Have several bikes to store in your garage? Try this bike storage rack that can hold six bikes.

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Want to get your bikes up to the ceiling? Consider this ceiling mount bike rack that has a sliding design that allows you to hold up to four bikes. You can slide the bikes around when it’s time to take one out for a ride and then push them together when they’re all hung up to save on space.

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Portable Tool Tower Rack

Do you have a lot of long tools, like rakes, brooms, and shovels? This portable tool tower rack can hold over 40 tools in a compact space. It’s easy to assemble and can be moved around on casters. Instead of taking up prime wall space in your garage with a mounted tool tower rack, this portable garage organization tool gives you some flexibility in your garage space planning.

Portable Tool Tower Rack

Recycling Bin Cart

Depending on where you live, you might have one large recycling bin that holds everything from plastic jugs to newspapers, or you might have separate recycling bins for sorting recycling items. If you have the latter, this recycling bin cart will help get all of your bins off the floor. Best of all, it’s on wheels, so you can move it around as needed and easily haul it off to the curb when it’s trash pick-up time. recycle bin cart

Wall-Mounted Garage Utility Vacuum

A utility vacuum or a shopvac is a good addition to a garage, especially one that’s used as a workroom. A good vacuum will suck up all the dust and debris that a garage can accumulate over time. But here’s a garage organizing idea: buy a wall-mounted utility vacuum to save floor space. This garage utility vac has a thirty feet hose that can reach every spot in your garage and comes with a pouch to hold all the tools that come with the vacuum. You can hang up the pouch next to the vacuum, all nice and organized.

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Small Storage Cabinet

Every garage has tiny items that need to be organized: bolts, screws, hooks, nails, and the like. Or maybe you’ve got crafting items in your garage that need a home: ribbons, beads, etc. Get a storage cabinet that comes with many small compartments so you can organize it all. This 39-compartment storage cabinet will do the job, as well as this 44-drawer cabinet that comes in black or red. Determine how many drawers you need and grab the right cabinet for your garage!

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Mesh Triple Storage Bin

This mesh storage bin is divided into three compartments, resistant to mold and mildew, and is portable thanks to its caster wheels, making this a great garage organization tool. Use it to hold your family’s sporting equipment and simply wheel it out of the garage when you or the kids are ready to play.

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Magnetic Tool Holder

Many small tools are metal, making this magnetic tool holder a really easy way to organize your tools in your garage. Simply mount it on a garage wall and put up your most used tools. They’ll be easy to find and equally as easy to put away.

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Jumbo Storage Dispenser

Do you have giant bags of dog food, bird feed, charcoal, or rock salt piled up in your garage? Organize it all in this jumbo storage dispenser. Get rid of the bags and put it all in the dispenser and simply pull the level to let out what you need into a smaller container, like a bowl for your dog. Buy several for different items and line them up nicely on a wall in your garage.

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Pegboard Tool Organizer

Pegboards are popular in garages, and this great pegboard kit takes the extra step of providing you all that you need to make your peg board functional. The steel pegboard is very strong, making it capable to hold more tools than conventional pegboards. It comes with a shelf, three plastic bins, 15 hooks and brackets, a hammer holder, and a screwdriver holder.

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Mobile Sliding Tool Box

There are so many tool boxes for you to choose from to use as a garage organization tool, but if you wanted one that’s mobile so you can take it wherever you’re working on your next DIY project, this sliding tool box will be perfect for your needs. It can hold large hand tools in the bottom compartment, smaller tools in the sliding compartments, and tiny bits and pieces in the smaller bins at the very top. It’s on wheels so you can move it to different areas in your garage with ease.

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Multipurpose Wheelbarrow

While this wheelbarrow won’t exactly organize your garage for you, buying multipurpose tools like this one will reduce the number of tools you have in the garage, making it easier to keep clean and organized. Instead of buying and storing a wheelbarrow, a dolly, and a bag holder, this multipurpose wheelbarrow does it all in one nice package. It’s a wheelbarrow that feels light even when you’re hauling 200 pounds of landscape materials, a dolly that can carry up to 300 pounds, and an extended dolly that helps you lug bulky items. It’ll also help you move plant pots, rocks, buckets, water tanks, and even hold your plastic bags open as you clean up your lawn of leaves or trash. When you’re done, it folds up nicely and you can hang it up on hooks on a garage wall.

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Cord and Hose Hugger

You can hang up your cords and hoses on hooks on the walls, but sometimes they come undone and become a tangled mess. Organize all of your long cords and hoses with this heavy-duty hugger. There’s a handle at top for you to easily carry it around and hang it on a hook.

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Hanging Shoe Organizer

The versatile hanging shoe rack isn’t only good for organizing shoes. It’s an economical solution to organize some of the odds and ends in your garage, from spray paint cans to electrical cords.

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Label Machine

Puzzled to see this tool on this list? Well, a well-organized garage has lots of bins packed away. Make it easy to find what you need when you need it by labeling every bin and basket with a label maker. This label machine can print out labels in 14 different fonts and in different sizes, making it a great buy.

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Precision Parking Guides

Afraid that you might bump into your new garage organization tools when parking your car in the garage? These nifty parking guides will help you put your car in the right spot every time. So, go ahead and add more shelves, you won’t crash into them when you have these parking guides.

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These garage organization tools will help you finally organize your garage and all of your stuff. What other garage organization tools do you have your eye on?

 

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Get Your Wrapping Under Wraps: 24 Clever Gift Wrap Organization Ideas

 

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Don't let your gift wrap supplies get out of control!  Corral everything you need to make your packages pretty in a convenient gift wrap station - here are 24 clever ways to make it happen!

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We’ve all got them.  Piles of gift bags – purchased, reused, recycled – roll upon roll of wrapping paper, mounds of tissue paper, boxes, bows, ribbons, cellophane, and more!  What do you do with your abundance of gift wrap paraphernalia?  If you’re on top of things, perhaps you have a box (or three) to keep it all confined.  But if you’re like the rest of us, your wrapping products are spiraling out of control!  Either way, digging through all of that stuff for the perfect wrapping can be a pain.  Whether you just need a few new ideas, or require a total overhaul, we’ve got you covered.  If you’re ready to get your wrapping under wraps, check out our round up of 24 clever gift wrap organization ideas.

 

Ikea Rods and Hooks – Brooklyn Limestones

Over the Door Closet Storage – bhg

Simple Hooks - Dwelling Cents

Shower Caddy Storage – bhg

Wall Mounted Towel Bar and Desk Files – bhg

Framed Cafe Rod Storage - In my own style

Pegboard Giftwrap Station  – Leopard and plaid

Chain and Cafe Rod Hanging Storage – In My Own Style

DIY Wood Rack Organization Station - Centsational Girl

Hangers on a Wooden Shelf - Delightful Order

Wood Cabinet and Tiered Dowels – iheartorganizing

Wire Shelving for Hanging Storage – The Old Park Homestead

Ballard Drawer Knockoff - Finding Home

Wooden Trunk Wrapping Storage – Just a Girl and her Blog on I Heart Organizing

Vinyl Labeled Drawers – ‘a casarella

Tall Plastic Boxes - Liebesbotschaft

Wicker Hamper Organization Station – Home Made Simple

Market Cart Gift Wrap Station – Two Shades of Pink

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Wrapping Carts – the Apron blog

PVC Pipe Stand – Craftbits

A Simple Closet Corner (with tension rods) – The Lovebugs

Wrapping Paper Bucket – Martha Stewart

Vintage Suitcase Portable Giftwrap Storage – The Berry

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Smart Tips for Keeping a Clean Car

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Let’s face it, we often find ourselves spending more time in our cars than we’d like!  With commuting to our own jobs, responsibilities and activities, hauling friends, kids’ friends and stuff around town, running errands, and dropping kids at their ever-growing list of practices, school events, and extra-curriculars, it can start to feel like we LIVE in our cars!  Worse yet, it can start to LOOK like it, too.  If you’re tired of battling the clutter and losing, you’re not alone.  Take control of the car chaos once and for all with these super smart tips for keeping a clean car interior. With a bit of effort, your car will look and feel great all the time – no sweat!

 

1. Start with an overhaul.  Ok, so this first step is a BIT of a sweat.  But once you overcome this hurdle, it’s smooth sailing!  Before you can keep your car looking great, you have to MAKE it look great.  So take every single thing out. Empty all the small compartments, pockets, boxes, doors, nooks, crannies… everything.  Make three piles – garbage, keep in car, put away.  Once your car is completely devoid of all items, you can vacuum the floors and upholstery, dust the dashboard, console and steering wheel and make sure it looks like new.  Spray it with a fabric/air freshener to really take it up a notch.  Once it’s perfect, you can start putting items that belong in the car in their proper spots.

2. A place for everything… and everything in its place, right?  So make sure that every item you want to keep in your car has a specific spot.  When you use it, make sure you put it back exactly where it goes.  Sunglasses in the console box?  Ice scraper under the seat?  Extra gloves in the door pocket?  If you’ve got young kids who come with a lot of extra baggage, consider keeping an organizer on the back of the seat in front of them – you can fill it with wipes, diapers, pull-ups or extra undies, crayons, paper, small books, a sippy cup of water, non-perishable snacks and anything else they might need!  It doesn’t matter what you keep in the car, just make sure it has an accessible spot and that it gets replaced when you’re done with it.

3. Be a trash collector.  It’s no use denying it, you’re going to encounter trash in your car – gum wrappers, receipts, tissues – it’s inevitable.  You need a designated trash bag so that garbage doesn’t end up in every nook and cranny.  Try a small trash can located on the passenger side floor (like this plastic cereal dispenser turned trash can).  Or a bag on the back of the passenger seat.  It doesn’t matter, just be sure that it won’t tip over and that it’s within easy reach so you’ll actually use it.  If you have an SUV or van, consider placing several trash receptacles strategically throughout the car within easy reach of your passengers.  (Here’s a tutorial for a DIY car trash bag, and a link to an Etsy shop where you can buy them).

4. Daily declutter.  Once you’re home for the evening, do a super quick once-over where you are sitting.  Grab anything you can easily carry – garbage, water bottles, etc – and take it with you.  This daily spot check will keep clutter from accumulating unduly.

5. Wipe it down.  Keep some sort of wipes handy in your cup holder or console so you can quickly wipe away spills, dust or other debris.  When something leaks in your cup holder, you can take car of it immediately instead of waiting for it to congeal.  You can also wipe away dust from your dashboard and steering wheel before it builds up.  There are specific wipes for cars, like these Armor All wipes that come in a handy container.  Or you can use something like Wet Ones or baby wipes.

6. Don’t take it “to go.”  This can be a difficult change to make, and it may not work for some families, but consider a hard and fast “no eating in the car” rule.  You’ll find that most of what you vacuum up and most trash items relate to restaurant drive-thrus.  If you have to eat on the run, make sure everyone has access to trash bags and picks up after themselves, just as they would at home.

7. Try a “you bring it, you take it” rule.  It’s impossible for you to keep track of everything your kids tote along.  Backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, bags for sports or dance, musical instruments, extra shoes, stuffed animals or blankets if they’re younger… you’ll go out of your mind trying to cart it inside.  Institute the “you bring it in, you take it out” rule, and have an appropriate consequence for when they leave their items behind (like having to vacuum out the car by themselves).  Not only will this teach your kids responsibility, it will keep you sane and your car clutter-free!

8. Just the essentials.  Create an “essentials kit” for your car with items that may be needed while you are out and about.  This can be separate from the first aid kid that should also be kept in your car – or you could keep a smaller, less obtrusive first aid kit within your essentials kit.  Some items to consider: tissues, napkins, and wipes for runny noses and spills, commonly used medications (in childproof containers), a few dollars in change, a car phone charger, dramamine in case of car sickness, a plastic bag (good for so many things, from tummy trouble to messy clothes from “accidents” to a makeshift trash bag for larger items), a scissors, Swiss army knife or leatherman, nail clippers, gum, hair ties, and safety pins.  If you’re worried about space, take a look at this kit that fits into a wipes container.

9. Be prepared.  It’s a good idea to be prepared for any seasonal occasion that might crop up – especially when out with young kids.  Keep a car organizer like this one in the trunk or cargo area of your car with seasonal items inside.  Switch out the items with the changing weather and seasons.  For summertime, that might mean sunblock, bug spray, sunglasses, hats with brims, towels and maybe extra flip flops and swimsuits.  For cold weather, especially in snowy areas, keep extra warm clothing like socks, hats, mittens and scarves, blankets, a foldable shovel, etc.  It’s a good idea to have a section that you keep stocked with the same things year-round: non-perishable snack items in small bags, water bottles, flashlights, tire gauge, umbrella, etc.  Keep it personalized to your location and family’s needs.  For very young kids keep an extra change of seasonally appropriate clothing as well.  If you’ve got everything you could need already in your car, you’re less likely to haul around loose items that become clutter when not unpacked.  If you really want to do it right, think about trying something like this organized trunk transformation!

10. Stick to a schedule.  Set up a schedule and stick to it.  For example: Every day when you arrive home for the night, do your daily declutter/spot check.  At the end of every week, empty all the garbage cans and wipe down the interior with car wipes.  At the end of every month, vacuum out the whole car including the seats.  If you set daily, weekly and monthly cleaning goals, nothing will build up and the tasks will be more manageable.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

Looking for more ideas to stay organized? Try these:

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Pantry Organization                    Office Organization                   Nursery Organization

 

 

How To Purge Your Home: 10 Easy Tips

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Keeping your home clutter-free simplifies your life in many ways.  Hanging on to STUFF — all of the filler we accumulate over time — until it feels like our house might erupt can lead to disorganization, chaos and headaches.  When your home feels cluttered it can cause stress and anxiety, which could eventually lead to short tempers or even depression.

Keeping homes organized and purged of needless items saves you time, effort, money and emotional struggles.  You can host company on a moments notice, find important papers at the drop of a hat, avoid purchasing duplicate items because you’ve lost the first one, and feel more relaxed in general.  And it doesn’t just effect you, but your entire family.  Organizing your whole house can seem like an overwhelming task and it’s hard to know where to start.  Follow these simple tips for how to purge your home and you’ll be well on your way!

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1. Repeat, “they’re just things”  

It can sometimes be hard to decide what to get rid of, especially when there’s an emotional or sentimental attachment.  If you encounter items in your home that you never use, are not your style, or are worn out or broken, do not feel obligated to keep them.  If you can’t seem to let go, try repeating a mantra like “things are not important” or “they’re just things” to help you detach the item from the event or person you truly want to remember.  Sometimes taking a picture of the item can help as then you will always have a visual reminder.

2. 3 Bin Method

You’ve likely heard of the 3 bin method before.  Once you’re ready to begin your complete purge, this is a great method to use.  Find three bins or boxes and label them “Throw Away,” “Put Away,” and “Give Away.”  As you work your way through each room, place any item that’s out of place in the appropriate box.  Be ruthless.  Obvious garbage is a no-brainer, but when you come upon an item that’s questionable ask yourself these questions: Do I need it?  Do I use it?  Do I love it?  If your answer to these questions is no, get rid of it.  If it’s broken, worn out, or missing pieces it goes in the trash.  If it’s still in working order you can donate it — don’t donate stained, torn, chipped, worn out rubbish.  It’s not fair to anyone.

3. 2 Pass System

Armed with your 3 bins, begin at the top of your home and work your way down.  Do a quick first pass of the room and separate everything that’s obviously out of place into the correct box.  On the second pass, do a more detailed work-through.  Focus on drawers, closets, and semi-hidden spaces.  Look especially for problem areas where clutter seems to congregate.  Once you’ve finished two passes of the room, take your 3 bins to the adjacent room and repeat the process.

4. Out of sight, out of mind

Once your bins are full, take care of them immediately.  Get them out of your sight and do not go back through them.  Don’t second guess your decisions.  Tie up the trash and take it outside.  Close the donate box and put it in the back of your car.  If your put away bin is full, set it aside for now and grab a new box.  Once you’re done with your home purge, get those donated items out of there ASAP.  No use keeping the boxes around to clutter things up more!

5. Everything in its place

After you’ve gone through each room, dumped the garbage outside and donated your unneeded items, it’s time to put things away.  Find a specific spot for everything in your keep box.  If there are items left, these will need to be stored for later use.  Separate these and put like items together in plastic tote bins.  Using clear bins is a great idea so you can see inside, and label them so you can always find what you need.  Make sure your family is on board.  Everyone should know where commonly used items belong and make it a steadfast rule to put things back in their places.

6. Don’t wait for eventualities

Don’t hold on to anything for a “someday.”  Your donated items should be given away immediately, not held onto for that garage sale you might have.  Don’t keep ill-fitting clothes because they may work again in the future.  If you have items from a failed hobby attempt — camping equipment, exercise equipment, video games, scrapbooking supplies etc. — don’t keep it just in case.

7. Give it away

There are tons of charitable thrift stores out there that will gladly accept your donation.  If you’d rather not drive your items over or if you have too many boxes or large items to fit in your car, many thrift stores offer pick-up services.  Look online or in a phone book and call your local thrift stores to see what services they offer.  You could also post them to your local chapter of Freecycle.  If you have big ticket items or vintage items that are good quality, make use of Craigslist.  If you’ve never sold on Craigslist before, these tips for sellers will help.

8. Avoid impulse purchases

With your house newly purged and organized, avoiding impulse purchases is key to keeping it that way.  Don’t buy home decor items, items for a new hobby, housewares or toys and games unless you have a specific purpose in mind.  If there’s a designated spot for it in your home and if you love it, then buy it.  If there’s any hesitation about a purchase, walk away.  You can always go back and buy it later after you’ve had time to think and plan.

9. Buy one, toss one rule

If you do buy something new for your home, your wardrobe, your kids’ overflowing toy box, your sagging bookshelf, kitchen or what have you, make room for it.  Get rid of something similar you already have.  That way you’ll be replacing items to reflect your current tastes, style and desires instead of accumulating more and more items that will just lead to another needed purge.

10. Give it time

If you’ve got your whole house to tackle, don’t expect to accomplish it in one afternoon.  Give yourself some time.  If you try to do it all at once you’ll likely just frustrate and exhaust yourself.  Work a little at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.  Just make sure to remove all items in your give away and throw away boxes EVERYDAY so you aren’t tempted to go back through them again.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

7 Tips for an Organized Purse

A purse is an important thing to have and to keep organized. Yet it is so easy to let it get all cluttered and heavy. Rather than let it go crazy try these 7 tips for an organized purse via @tipsaholic #purse #purses #organization #tips

 

7 Tips for an Organized Purse

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The clutch, handbag, pocketbook, carryall…the purse goes by many different names, but this is definitely one item frequently used to carry around many things and serve many different purposes. In order to lighten the load (and spend less time searching for things), keeping your purse organized is essential. Get a handle on it with these easy tips.

1. First dump everything out and decide what you really need to carry. If you struggle with this, in a separate bag, put the things you are not sure about tossing. If after a month you did not need an item, then it can probably go in the trash.

2. Further lighten the load, by minimizing the items inside. Coins can often add a lot of weight to a purse. Get a bowl or jar and set it near the door. Then each day, you can take out the change and fill it up. You will be amaze at how quickly the coins add up, and then can be converted into lighter bills. Also, see if any makeup items or lotions can be converted to smaller amounts. Travel size bottles could be useful here.

3. Get a slim key chain wallet, to hold frequently used cards and IDs. Fill it with your driver’s license, one or two credit cards, debit cards, and some cash. (The rest can be store in a larger wallet, if needed.) To keep this key chain wallet from slipping into the black hole of the purse, attach a key chain clip to it and snap the clip onto your purse strap. This will keep all the important things handy when needed.

4. For small items, pick up a few zippered pouches. Either those made with mesh, so you can see the items inside, or a pretty bag normally used to store pencils works well here. Then, when you want a cosmetic item, for example, you can easily find it in a purse by pulling out the pouch containing makeup.

5. Designate a mini accordion organizer to corral all coupons, receipts, and other small papers. These things are often the biggest clutter causer in a purse. But having them all in one place, can keep it all tidy, until you are ready to deal with them.

6. Take advantage of any pockets in the purse to store the items that need to be readily found. This is the perfect spot to put keys and a cell phone to keep them from sinking to the bottom.

7. Once everything has its place, maintain it by designating one day a week to do a purse clean up. Take out any clutter that might have gotten in there despite the best of intentions, and evaluate if  there is anything that no longer needs to be carried in your purse. You can also check during this time to make sure there are no rips, tears, stains, and everything is in working order.

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I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

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10 Simple Home Organization Tips

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Keeping your home organized can be a real challenge. It can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are 10 simple home organization tips that you can put to use today.

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1. Vertical Bakeware Organizer in Kitchen Cupboards

Stacking your kitchen pans with the help of a vertical bakeware organizer will make it easier for you to access them and keep your cupboards tidy. The Container Store’s 4-Sort Dividers are a fantastic, inexpensive option that will instantly upgrade your kitchen storage.

Vertical Bakeware Organizer

 

 

2. Alternative Uses for a Shoe Organizer

You can use a shoe organizer for so many other things beside shoes. Karen from Sew Many Ways had the clever idea to use a shoe organizer in her broom closet to hold paper towels. You could also use a shoe organizer in your closet to hold undergarments and accessories like scarves, hats, and tights.

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3. Bookcase as a Child’s Closet

Is your child’s room short on closet space or is your baby’s nursery in a room without a closet? A tall bookcase makes for an exceptional closet alternative. Remove the top shelves and attach double rods to maximize clothes hanging capacity. Use the remaining shelves to house baskets to keep smaller items like socks and shoes organized.

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4. Matching Bedsheets in a Pillowcase

The linen closet is one area of the home that often seems destined to be a disaster. Not only are bedsheets difficult to fold, storing them can prove challenging. An easy way to fix this problem is to store matching sheet sets in one of the pillowcases.

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5. Dry Erase Marker List on Washing Machine

Sarah Khandjian from Sarah Hearts shared a genius idea to help stay organized while doing laundry. To make sure you or your family members don’t put line-dry items in the dryer, use a dry erase marker to make a list directly on top of the washing machine. Say goodbye to shrunken or pilly clothes!

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6. Color Coded Binders to Store Documents

Using color coded binders to store important documents such as user manuals, medical statements, and insurance information. As an added storage bonus, one-inch binders fit perfectly in a bakeware rack and dish organizer. Check out A Bowl Full of Lemons for more home organization tips!

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7. IKEA Spice Racks in the Bathroom

Follow Rachel from Suit Revival’s example and use IKEA spice racks to wrangle your bathroom products. Bottles of hairspray, mouthwash and other toiletries fit perfectly and at only $3.99 each, you can afford to buy several spice racks to mount on your bathroom wall.

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8. Menu Board for Meal Planning

Creating a menu board to list your family’s weekly meals will not only help keep you organized, it should cut down on you hearing the incessant question of ‘What’s for dinner?’. Cover an artist’s canvas with fabric and use card stock and clothespins to create days-of-the-week markers. Your family will thank you for making this fun DIY project.

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9. Family Charging Station

Create a family charging station like Kris from Driven by Decor to corral everyone’s mobile devices into one place and say goodbye to an endless sea of cords. It’s also simple to change a traditional electrical outlet into a 4-port USB charger to give you even more charging capacity. Check out these easy steps on Kris’ blog.

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10. Magazine Holder in the Kitchen

Not only are magazine holders inexpensive, they offer a wide variety of storage options. Use a magazine holder in the kitchen to store items like plastic bags, foil, saran wrap etc. to free-up valuable drawer space.

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Feature image via Martha Stewart

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.