80 of the Best Space-Saving and Cleaning Tips
Get your home sparkling clean and completely organized with these creative tips for organizing your home. You'll be amazed with the results.
Bathroom Shelving Unit
Spice Shelf Inside Cabinet
Cabinet Door Message Board
Cutting Board Rack
Magnetic Office Supplies Holder
Tie, Scarf and Belt Organizer
Skinny Laundry Room Cart
Above Door Shelf
Turn-of-the-century office supply holder
Keep Your Spray Bottles in Line
Put a Lazy Susan in Your Fridge
Add-On Clothes Rod
Clothing Storage Solutions: Turn Your Hangers
Baskets and Ottomans
Use a Tablecloth
Dorm Room Spinning Storage Unit
Make the Most of Skinny Spaces
New Use for Old Cabinets
Pallet Wine Rack
Light-Duty Extension Cord Storage
Under-Cabinet Wine Rack
Pack Seasonal Clothing
One simple way to make extra closet space is to store seasonal clothing and accessories somewhere else, leaving you more space for the items you need now. Put clothes, accessories, shoes and purses in a vacuum storage bag—you’ll be surprised how compact it all becomes once the air is removed. Insert a list of what’s in each bag where you can read it, so you can locate something if you find you need it unexpectedly. Store the bags in your attic, under your bed in a self-made storage box, or in another accessible place.
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Store Multiple Items on One Hanger
You can cheat significantly on the 40-hanger rule if you get hangers designed to store multiple items. Some versions let you hang as many as five items on one hook, which saves on rod space. There are many commercial multiple-hangers available, with different design features to suit your taste. But if you’re on a budget, use soda can ring-pulls over the hook and use another standard hanger. But be careful not to cram too much in, or your clothes will get rumpled and creased.
Organize Shoes and Boots
Shoes and boots take up a lot of space and are often awkward to store, but leaving them in a jumble on your closet floor is a nightmare when you’re looking for a matching pair. If you have enough shelf space, using stacking shoe boxes. Transparent ones let you see what’s inside at a glance. Hanging pockets are another option, either on the clothes rod, or attached to the wall or door. A shoe rack is also simple to make and can be wall-mounted to save floor space.
Patio Cushions and Camping Gear Storage
Belt and Other Hang-Ups
Musical Instrument Storage
Behind the Door Storage: Closet Glove Rack
Basement Junk Storage
Clean the Exhaust Fan
Ditch Your Carpeting
Closet Nook Shelves
Wire shelves are available in a variety of widths. Measure the width and depth of the space. Then choose the correct shelving and ask the salesperson to cut the shelves to length for you. Subtract 3/8 in. from the actual width to determine the shelf length. Buy a pair of end mounting brackets and a pair of plastic clips for each shelf.Plus: Learn how to triple your closet space.
Add-On Clothes Rod
Hang Under the Island
If you don't have the cupboard space and don't want to hang your pots and pans overhead, the island is a good solution. You may give up some sitting space, but you will have your pots and pans organizer within easy reach. Anchor some S-hooks under your island counter and hang away.
Storage for Small Spaces: Two-Story Closet Shelves
Magnetic Knife Strip
Clothes storage ideas for small spaces: Double-decker closet rod
Open Cabinet Shelves
Clean the Air While You Clean the House
Clean a Vacuum with a Vacuum
Dust with Your Dryer
Synthetic Soap Simplifies Bathroom Cleaning
Buff Off Heavy Grime
Duster for the Vertically Challenged
Clean Grout with a Bleach Pen
Clean with Microfiber Products
Make Your Own Greener Cleaning Solution
Clean a Sluggish Toilet
Easier Bottle Cleaning
Vacuum First, Then Scrub
Protect Your Shower Doors from Mineral Buildup
Trash Can Cleanup
Clean Your Bagless Vacuum Filter
Citrus Peels and Ice Cubes for a Stinky Disposer
- With the water running at about half throttle, drop in orange or lemon peels. Run the disposer for five seconds. Citric acid from the peels softens crusty waste and attacks smelly bacteria. Give the acid about 15 minutes to do its work.
- Turn on the water and the disposer and drop in a few ice cubes. Flying shards of ice work like a sandblaster inside the disposer.
- Run the water until the bowl is about half full. Then pull the stopper and turn on the disposer to flush it out.