Sometimes, after visiting a friend’s house, I would often feel like my home was lacking something. It could be more room or some fancy furniture. While this is mostly envy on my part, the fact of the matter is that many of the chores would be easier to do and many items easier to find if I were to have more space.
That being said, more space was not an option. So what was I to do? I started experimenting with some DIY tips on home organization. It turned out that people are more than happy to share their little tricks and inventions that keep their home neat and creative, especially on Facebook and Pinterest. Here are some of the tricks I’ve picked up.
I have had shelves in the kitchen for a long time. They were great for storing dishes, spices, and the like. What surprised me was that there were actually things called ‘under shelves’.
They are wire-baskets that get mounted on a shelf and you instantly get more space for your cups and saucers. To be perfectly frank, I’ve bought mine on Amazon, but those with the technical know-how could make them themselves.
Boots and Hangers
I often found myself with two problems that wouldn’t go away that, seemingly, had nothing to do with each other. First off – too many hangers! Honestly, every time I opened the closet, I would get showered with these things. The other problem I had was with my boots – they would often crease and get damaged over time because of folding.
The solution? I’ve hung my boots in my closet. Let me tell you that this works best with hangers that have metal clips. Pant hangers are ideal for this task.
Shoe Holders Hold More than Just Shoes!
The amount of things people online use shoe holders for is amazing! You can hang them on your bathroom door to hold your beauty products and toiletries. I use mine for my shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant.
You can also use them to keep your cleaning supplies, tools, spices, electronics – you name it. Just make sure it’s off limits to the kids.
Keep Chips Fresh
I’ve always hated it when the family opens up a bag of chips or crackers and doesn’t eat it all. This used to be a big problem, as the snacks in the house would quickly become stale and tasteless. I’ve first seen this trick at my in-laws’ house, but I paid little attention to it at the time.
What you do is this: you take a clothespin, or something similar, and you place it on the bag. This keeps the rest of those perishable snacks relatively fresh for the next time you want something to nibble on. This trick is also useful for other things that come in bags that you don’t have a container for, like laundry detergent, for example.
Under the Bed
No more will the place under the bed be something dreadful, where toys get lost and dust-bunnies roam free. If you’re handy, you can integrate some drawers under your bed. This maximizes the use of space and you can use it to store your sheets, clothes, and children’s toys. Just remember to put some tiny wheels under the drawers to take them out without damaging the bed or the floor.