How do you organize all those bits and bobs you have lying around the house? There’s always the option of buying a thousand plastic storage totes, but maybe you don’t have to. Maybe you already have what you need right at home. In fact, some of the disorganized items you have strewn around right now could be exactly what you need to corral the rest of the chaos. Check out these 85 clever organizing hacks to get all your stuff in order!
Use a paperclip holder instead.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Explosion
Store your hairdryer in a PVC pipe.
This has to be one of the cleverest things I’ve seen yet! Use a PVC pipe to store your hairdryer. The smaller pipe can easily store another supply like your heat press or even a bottle of hair spray. Very cool. You could also paint this pipe and decorate it so that it looks pretty.
Available on: Etsy PVC Pipe Hair Tool Holder
Use the inside of your cabinet doors.
If you do your hair care routine in your bathroom, make sure to utilize the inside of your cabinet doors. Attaching these little hooks allows you to hang your curling irons and other supplies so they stay out of your way and the cords stay untangled.
Turn an oatmeal bin (or anything similar) into a headband organizer.
It is hard to believe looking at it, but this little headband organizer actually started its life as an oatmeal container! This tutorial will teach you how to convert it into a headband organizer by painting it and embellishing it with a cute little stand. It turns out it is the perfect size for storing headbands. What is great about this idea is that you could easily modify it and customize it to your heart’s content with different decorative accents.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Makeitmyown
Organize Your Office Supplies
The home office is another part of the house where you have a lot of small odds and ends you need to keep organized. Chances are you don’t have your own inventory room like you would at your corporate workplace, which means that all that stuff can quickly make a real pigsty of your office if you let it get out of hand! Here are some cute and clever organizing ideas!
Use an old muffin tin.
A vintage muffin tin can make a great storage container. All those little compartments are just the right size to store everything you need, and you can easily pick the entire thing up and move it if you need to. Great idea, as long as you have somewhere to put it!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Tatteredstyle
Try using drawer dividers.
Check out these handy drawer dividers! This is an easy, temporary solution if you want to make cubbies inside a drawer for small office supplies. Then if you decide to repurpose the drawer for something else later, you can remove the dividers and place them in another drawer. This is a nice flexible solution that is a lot more elegant than plastic bins.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Hgtv
Stack Mason jars.
We are seeing Mason jars everywhere right now. They’ve become a favorite organizing and decorating supply for vintage-lovers who want to add an old-fashioned touch to their homes. Now you can add a vintage touch to your home office! Stack these jars and they make perfect containers for pens, markers, and other small supplies.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Hgtv
Make an empty tin can organizer.
Here is a simple variation on the stackable Mason jars. Instead of stacking Mason jars, consider stacking tin cans! These tin cans have all been spray painted green and glued together so they won’t topple over. And don’t they look just adorable? You can customize this project easily since you can paint your tin cans any way you want, and you can add as many or as few compartments as you’d like. You also don’t have to stick with the pyramid shape either since you’ll be gluing the cans together, though it would still be the most stable design. This organizer is perfect for storing an array of office supplies!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Oregonlive
Use a shoe box and toilet paper rolls.
This is the same basic idea as the two above, only you create the arrangement with the tubes facing upright, instead of sideways, and replace the tin cans or Mason jars with toilet paper tubes in a shoebox! I actually am stunned by how great this one looks. If you use a shoe box with a cute pattern on it, you actually get a very nice chic look. You can store a lot of supplies upright this way in a contained space. This arrangement also is easier to pick up and move than the two ideas above.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Dailysavings
Store pens upright in cork trivets.
Speaking of upright storage, here is a very cute solution using a stack of cork trivets with holes drilled through them. The step-by-step tutorial in Design for Mankind will teach you how to make this yourself. I like that you can add as many or as few holes as you want in whatever sizes you need. This would make a fun conversation piece at your day job too. Make two—one for your home office and another for your day job office!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Designformankind
Create an organizer out of a tree stump.
This is a handmade desk organizer sold on Etsy. The eco-friendly design features a space for your pens, pencils and markers, highlighter, scissors, paper clips, iPhone, and more. This is like an upscale version of the cork organizer. It would be a more challenging project to do yourself, but if you are into woodworking, it would be a very fun and artistic one.
Organize your supplies into Altoids tins.
If you happen to be hooked on Altoids, start saving the tins (if you don’t have a stash already!). As it turns out, these particular tins stack perfectly, and thanks to their design, they will not slide around or topple over. You can stack them in a drawer or even stack them vertically on a shelf if you want. You can easily fit a label on the side of each. This is a perfect way not only to consolidate office supplies, but also to put leftover tins to good use that might otherwise just take up space.
Image/DIY Instructions and Project Source: flickr.com
Organize your schedule on a clothesline.
In our home offices, we not only have to keep our supplies organized, but also our time! This is a very clever idea for a weekly calendar. Simply label clothespins with the days of the week and hang them on a clothesline. You can then easily add and remove scheduling notes from each of the clothespins. It’s cute and it’s smart!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Bhg
Use pails for incoming and outgoing mail, tasks, etc.
There are a lot of reasons you could need an inbox and an outbox. You might use this solution for your mail, bills, or even for communicating with other members of your household. These pails would go great in your home office or your mail station or family command center.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Bhg
Keep the Family Organized with This Great DIY Command Station
Crazy Little Projects has this nifty command station that will help you to keep things organized. On the station is a bulletin board, chalk board, key hooks and a magnet board so you can keep messages between you and the family in one place and you will always know where your keys are. The entire project was only about $15 and really easy to make. You could use one of these as a great gift or just make on for yourself – or both. We love that it helps busy moms to stay more organized. Just remember to stock up on sticky notes and chalk!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: crazylittleprojects
Organize Your Craft Room
What’s more cluttered than the home office? Typically it’s the craft room! If you don’t even have a craft room, then your craft clutter is likely impinging on another room in your house. Craft clutter not only makes a mess of things, but also makes it harder to actually find what you need, focus on your work, and complete your projects. A neatly organized craft room helps to clear your mind and keeps you engaged and inspired. Here are some clever ways to organize your small crafting supplies!
Use a spice rack holder for craft supplies.
On this blog, you can view a tutorial for how to convert a spice rack holder into an art supply holder. Originally the spice rack holder was unfinished wood, but it’s been painted. You can use the same spice jars that came with your rack. I actually like the unfinished look of the wood, but again, this is something you can customize based on what you like. This is perfect for buttons, beads, and so much more.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Rockwellali
Use a wine rack to store your yarn.
Looking for an easy solution to storing your yarn in separate, neat, organized cubbies? A wine rack turns out to provide you with the perfect size spaces.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Prettyprudent
Above you see a wine rack which has a separate compartment for each bottle—or each yarn spool. Below you can see another example of a wine rack used for yarn storage. You have larger cubbies here. The yarn spools are organized by color, which makes it easy to grab what you are looking for, and it looks really awesome!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Repeatcrafterme
Store craft supplies in vintage candy jars.
You know those candy jars you sometimes find in shops where you can reach in at an angle and grab the candy you want to buy? Those jars are perfect for crafting supplies for the exact same reason. They are ergonomically at a much better angle for reaching in and out a lot than if they opened on the side or on the top. You can use them for just about anything since they are large enough even for scraps of cloth and sewing supplies.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: bhg
Make a ribbon holder use curtain rods and lengths of chain.
This is a simple DIY project with step-by-step instructions from In My Own Style. Following this tutorial, you can create a really awesome storage solution for ribbon, and hang it up in your sewing room. I like that this project doesn’t require any sawing, drilling, or painting, which makes it approachable even if you aren’t into hardware projects. Anyone can create this just by following the easy tutorial. I imagine it would also be useful for storing other sewing supplies.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Inmyownstyle
Store glitter in salt shakers.
Glitter makes everything sparkle, but it does like to make everything sparkle, because it gets on everything! If you want to keep your glitter contained and also easy to use, salt shakers are the perfect solution. If you can find a set like this one which includes the salt shaker holder with the handle, that is awesome. Then you can easily carry it anywhere you need it, all without making a mess.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Organizethings
Put twine in a sugar dispenser.
Speaking of culinary items which are useful in the craft room, salt and pepper shakers aren’t all you should look into using. A sugar dispenser is also incredibly useful. Want to keep your twine from unraveling? Just store the spool inside the dispenser and direct the end of the twine up through the opening. You can pull it out as you need it and it will unwind without coming undone.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Whiskergraphics
Or … use a Mason jar.
If you are up for a more elaborate project and you have a lot of different spools of twine to store, you will definitely want to check out this Mason jar twine holder project! You can do this for the wider spools. You need to thread a bolt through the top of the lid so that you can put the spools on something, and then you need to cut openings in the top of the lid, unless you can find one like this which already includes them. Pull the ends of the different twines out through each of the openings, because it allows you to use a single jar to access half a dozen spools of twine. They also look kind of pretty. Great idea, and the tutorial is detailed and easy to follow!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Acasarella