Storage & Organization
Clutter-Busting Strategies For Every Room
Use these tips to organize the whole house!
Hanging shoe bags are great for closets, but they can also cut the clutter in your garage, workshop or laundry room. A shoe bag like this one costs about $15 at discount stores.
Store smaller containers—spray paint, putty cans, glue bottles—right in the wall! Screw shelf brackets (6-ft. lengths are sold at home centers) to the studs, then install shelves, cut from standard 1×4 boards, on adjustable clips. The boards fit perfectly; there’s no need to saw them to width.
Double-Decker Closet Rod
Locate studs on the back wall of the closet with a stud finder. Then attach metal brackets to the studs. Use a level to align the brackets along the top. Space the brackets no more than 32 in. apart. Need even more storage? Check out these easy ways to expand your closet space.
Turn any closet into a useful hang-up storage space by adding S-hooks to wire shelving. This provides tidy storage for mops, brooms and other cleaning tools.
A Wrench Rack From the Clothes Closet
Are all your wrenches stuffed in a plastic bucket? Here’s a better idea. Screw a tie/belt rack (available at discount stores) to a bare spot on the wall over your workbench and hang the wrenches—SAE and metric—where you can swiftly nab and put them away in an orderly fashion.
Elastic-Cord Tool Holder
Use elastic cords to make a portable tool organizer for chisels and other hand tools. Fasten one end of the cord to a 1×8 with an electrical staple, lay the cord straight without stretching it, then staple the other end. Add staples every 3 in. to create holders, leaving the staples just loose enough so the cord can still move. Then fasten the 1×8 to the wall.
Car-Care File in the Trunk
Keep your car’s maintenance records in the car itself and you’ll never have to ransack your house looking for them. Just put them in a locking plastic bag and slip them under the carpet in the trunk.
If your remote controls are cluttering up your coffee table and getting lost behind sofa cushions, here’s how to neaten up. Apply adhesive-backed hook-and-loop strips to the underside of the coffee table and to the backs of the remotes. To avoid snags on upholstery and clothing, put the soft (loop) material on the remotes. Now all the controls are hidden from view, but you’ll always know where to find them. Hook-and-loop strips are available at home centers and discount and hardware stores.
Nothing clutters up a space more than the spaghetti heap of cords and plugs needed to recharge all those cell phones and other electronic toys. Create a discreet charging station with a small bread box and place a power strip inside. Drill a hole in the back to run the cord to the receptacle. Plug in your power-hungry devices and close the door for an orderly desktop or kitchen counter.
Hook and Chain Cord Hanger
A length of chain and a wall-mounted coat hook provide a secure hangout for bulky electrical cords, ropes and other cumbersome coils. Hang one end of the chain on the lower hook, then loop the chain around the coiled cord and attach the other end of the chain to the upper hook.
Three-Ring Tool and Appliance File
Store your appliance and tool manuals in three-ring binders so you can find them when you need them. Insert labeled dividers to organize them for quick reference.