Get Organized With These Cheap And Easy Hacks

Diply 12 Sep 2018

Organization is a big part of being an adult. When you're a kid, you usually let your parents deal with that stuff. Even if you're good at doing chores, you're not the one making the choices about where things go and why.

But, adulting doesn't need to be hard or expensive. Most things can be kept neat and tidy for very little money with a bit of cleverness.

1. Use a tension rod to make better use of your under-sink cabinet.

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By hanging spray bottles from the rod, you can easily retrieve the cleaner you're looking for and give yourself extra storage space where they used to be jumbled up.

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2. Organize belts, jewelry, and scarves with a hanger made of clothespins.

Power Tools and High Heels | Power Tools and High Heels

This is a super cute way to keep all your long accessories easily accessible and untangled. Just glue the clothespins to a wooden board and hang.

It works great on a wall or on the back of a closet door.

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3. If your phone has a stupidly short charging cable, you can still make it work.

Reddit | JohnathanWickers

Use the ridiculous cord to create a hammock for the phone, wrapping the cord over the plug. Everyday use might put strain on the cord, but for emergencies or hotel rooms, this works great.

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4. For a more permanent charging solution, why not try this Ikea hack?

Hometalk | Maggie Lois

Maggie Lois shared this hack on Hometalk. She used Ikea's Fintorp system to create a hanging charging station that is as chic as it is functional.

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5. Keep manuals organized with manila envelopes.

Reddit | ricks35

Yes, you can get a lot of manuals online these days, but sometimes they are incomplete and they're often removed once the item is considered obsolete. So, keep those paper copies handy by organizing them into folders that are easily stored away until needed.

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6. Use plastic cups from the dollar store to keep cords and batteries organized.

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This way you can use any cute basket or box for storing them without worrying about everything tangling up inside.

Dollar store hacks are some of my favorite things!

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7. Get the towels off the floor with some DIY towel rings.

A Bubbly Life | A Bubbly Life

You don't need to settle for cheap-looking hooks or expensive designer towel rings. Making your own is a great way to get the look for cheap.

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This chic option from A Bubbly Life takes about five minutes to complete. 

A Bubbly Life | A Bubbly Life

If you're new to DIY, this makes a great starter project since there are only a couple of supplies and tools required.

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8. Get those toy cars off the floor with Ikea's magnetic knife racks.

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Kids will have so much fun taking the toys on and off the rack that you're pretty much guaranteed a clear floor. For toys that don't stick on their own, just glue a small magnet to the bottom.

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9. No more moldy bath toys with just a simple trick.

Make It & Love It | Make It & Love It

If having toys is the key to getting the kid in the bath, then I'm all for it, but if those toys don't have a place to dry properly, they can get gross. A couple of suction cup hooks and a mesh bag are the perfect solution.

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10. Pegboards are organization powerhouses, but they don't have to be boring.

The Crafted Life | The Crafted Life

I love the utility of a good pegboard, but kind of hate the basic brown color most of them come in by default. It's just so drab.

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That's why I love this idea from The Crafted Life for adding a ton of personality without losing the utility.

The Crafted Life | The Crafted Life

All you need are some tape and paint in colors of your choice. If full-on rainbow is too much, you can always go for something with a simpler color palette.

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11. Stop losing your keys by giving them a home in your home.

Lil Blue Boo | Lil Blue Boo

It seems ridiculously simple, but if you don't have a key holder by your door, you're probably wasting a lot of time looking for those keys.

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You could buy one, but I love this simple burlap version shared by Lil Blue Boo.

Lil Blue Boo | Lil Blue Boo

With just a stencil and some hooks, your keys will have a home of their own and will stop wandering off in the middle of the night.

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12. Keep yarn organized and easy to use with a plastic bin.

Reddit | timehack

Just punch some holes into the lid and string the loose end of the yarn through the holes. Now the skeins won't roll all over the floor and tangle. Plus, curious kitties (and children) are kept away.

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13. Learn how to fold t-shirts more efficiently.

Reddit | CharmingLanguage89

Not only will they take up far less space in your drawers, but you'll be able to see them all at the same time and will end up not wearing the same four shirts over and over.

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