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!
Label your cords.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Yesmissy
Use plastic bread tags.
This is one of the simplest ideas I have ever seen to instantly label your cords right by the power strip! Start saving old plastic bread tags, and then label them with then names of the devices. You will never unplug the wrong thing again. That is just brilliant. Now why didn’t I think of that …?
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Redbookmag
Neatly conceal your power cord in a shoebox.
Hate the messy look of power cords and plugs? Conceal it from sight using an old shoe box. You just need to punch holes through so you can plug your devices in. If you need to plug or unplug anything on the strip, you have to open the box, but you can conceal it again just by putting the lid back on. Decorate the box and it will look really pretty. This is really wonderful!
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Run your cords through binder clips.
I really like this idea because it serves multiple functions. First, it helps you remember which cord is which. Secondly, it helps you keep your cords organized as you run them up to your desk. Every cord has a place, and you will always run them up through the most efficient pathways to your devices. I also like that if you were to rearrange, you could easily just unclip one clip, slide another out of the way, and then replace it, without even extracting your cord.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Everydaydishes
Create a family charging station.
This family charging station by Driven by Décor is just beautiful! I love the homespun look, and the compartments are perfect for different sizes and types of devices. The cords run out through the back and into the wall. If you visit the page, the instructions are reasonably thorough, though not a full tutorial. It would be pretty easy to figure out how to create a similar station in your own home. I love the convenience of this, and the style!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Drivenbydecor
Shoe organizer to the rescue (again)!
Look, another amazing use for a shoe organizer! If you have a lot of cords you are not actively using, this would be a perfect way to store them!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Iheartorganizing
Turn a used lotion bottle into a beautiful holder for charging a cell phone.
Here is one I am seriously blown away by. Looking at the finished result, you would think that holder is a specialized item purchased at the store, wouldn’t you? But it’s not! This accessory was created from scratch using an old lotion container. Fabric has been affixed around the outside to give it a nice finished look. It is thin and lightweight and easily can hook around your plug without stressing the connection. Your phone sits inside while it charges. Really great work, and looks easy to do!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Makeit-loveit
Organize Your Hair, Jewelry, and Beauty Supplies
Hair stuff, jewelry, and beauty supplies are some of the hardest items to keep organized. All those little hair ties and hair clips, headbands, eyeshadow containers, lipstick tubes, makeup brushes, necklaces and earrings … what a mess! These smart ideas will help you get it all in order. And a lot of them use standard household supplies you wouldn’t even think would come in handy!
Use a carabiner to get your hair ties organized.
Have a thousand of those little hair ties everywhere? When you buy these things, they typically come in backs with 20 or 30. They’re small and can easily get mixed up with everything else you own, sink to the bottom of drawers, or drop behind furniture, never to be seen again. But all you need to get them organized is a carabiner. Just use it like a spool to contain them all, and then close the carabiner. Those hair ties aren’t going anywhere!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Themiddleflipper
Use a spice rack to display your perfume bottles.
Who wants their perfume bottles to be all in a jumble? A spice rack is a simple, clever, and surprisingly elegant solution. This display looks fantastic, and keeps everything within easy reach.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Cosmopolitan , Dailymakeover
Store makeup brushes in a toothbrush holder.
Tired of all your makeup brushes sliding around in the cup you are probably using to store them right now? This solution will keep them upright and will stop them from falling into each other and getting the bristles all messed up. Just use a toothbrush holder! Very smart!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Saecca
Fill a vase with coffee beans for your brushes.
Here is yet another clever way to store your makeup brushes. Using a vase or a cup or mug or any other container, you can keep your brushes upright just by adding coffee beans first. If you don’t want to use coffee beans, you could also use dried beans or beads. Glass globs would work great too! Just think how pretty that would be!
Tip: If you happen to be an artist, this is also a great way to store your paintbrushes in your craft studio.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Pinkbasil
Use a kitchen utensil tray.
Instead of just purchasing a generic plastic bin with dividers, a kitchen bin designed to hold utensils in your drawer is perfect for storing makeup brushes, eyeliner pencils, and other long, thin items. These items won’t necessarily fit in every plastic bin with dividers you come across. Great solution!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Jennysuemakeup
Use an old wooden hangar to store your necklaces.
Storing long, dangly jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, and earrings is always a challenge because these items love to tangle and knot! When you store them with care, you protect them from getting damaged. This is just an insanely clever idea! Grab a wooden hangar and insert eye screws. Hook your jewelry onto the eye screws. You can get a lot of items stored on just a single hangar, and they will not tangle together. Hang it up on your wall and your jewelry will be easily accessible. This is way more space efficient than a jewelry tree!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Diyhshp
Or … try a corkboard!
If putting the eye screws in the hangar sounds like too much work, here’s a super fast and easy solution. Just use a corkboard! Putting tacks in a corkboard is effortless, and you can hang jewelry quickly this way. What I particularly love about this particular display is the fact that its creator covered it in fabric. Not only does that provide a beautiful texture, look, and feel, but it also hides all the unsightly little holes in the corkboard.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Hellobeautyblog
Jewelry travel solution: pill box!
Traveling with jewelry can be such a pain! If you don’t want your jewelry to tangle or get lost, you’re going to need a great container. But why pay a ton of money for a jewelry travel case when you don’t have to? Have an old pill box in your medicine cabinet you are not currently making use of? Repurpose it into a convenient carrying case for your jewelry. It is perfect for necklaces, earrings, pendants, and more. Oh yeah, and you can also use this as a permanent at-home solution. It’s great for storing small jewelry items even when you are not on the road.
Tip: This is another storage idea which is ideally suited to your craft room if you’re a jeweler and need a solution for storing seed beads and other odds and ends!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Howtohaveitall
Use a magazine holder in an unconventional way.
What a smart way to store your flat irons, curling irons, and other hair care supplies. I imagine there are a ton of other purposes this solution would be ideally suited for, and not just for your beauty supplies.
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Cosmopolitan
Use hanging shoe organizers for just about everything.
Those hanging shoe organizers that you can tack to the inside of a closet door are absolutely phenomenal! You can use them to store a hundred different things, and they are particularly handy for hairstyling and makeup supplies. Here are a couple of different ideas for how you could use them!
This one may actually be another type of organizer (looks a little small for shoes; this was probably a jewelry organizer), but the principle is the same:
Store your makeup palettes with a desk file organizer.
Have any larger makeup palettes? One of the best ways to keep them out of the way is to store them vertically in a desk file organizer!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Cosmopolitan
Want to be able to grab what you need right away when you are doing your makeup routine? Put a metal board on your wall, and then stick magnets on the backs of your makeup containers (effortless with metal containers). Then stick the containers on the wall. You can grab them effortlessly, and they stay organized and out of the way!
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Laurathoughts8
Use magnetic tape to hold bobby pins and other small metallic items.
Bobby pins are handy for your hair, but they get lost so easily! This is a really easy solution if you want to keep them sorted and prevent them from getting misplaced. Just attach a strip of magnetic tape to a medicine cabinet or another handy surface, and add the bobby pins. You will always know where they are, and you will be able to reach out and grab one effortlessly, even if you’re holding up your up-do with your other hand. As you can see, it is also useful for tweezers and more:
DIY Instructions and Project Source: Sprwmn
This would also be an amazing helpful way to store safety pins.