Keep fancy little black dresses separate from your long black sundresses. Display pretty perfumes on a cake stand or mirrored tray.
Store important documents such as your passport, social security card, and living will in a safety deposit box or fireproof storage. Re-gift them! If you share a bathroom, get color-coded towels and washcloths for each person. Waking up to an orderly, stress-free situation can set the tone for your entire day.
Organize your appointments and other commitments on a wall calendar.
Writing out everything will make it easier to remember those lunch meetings and coffee dates. If a fire destroyed your home, would you really miss all of those extra pens or mugs that you never use? Store small kitchen containers, like Tupperware, in a large plastic bin. Keep the bin in a bottom cabinet so you can pull it out, take what you want, and then put it back.
Attach a magnetic strip to the inside of your medicine cabinet to store bobby pins, nail clippers, tweezers, and other small metal objects. Just say no to procrastinating. Keep paper clips, rubber bands, hair ties, and other tiny items that tend to get scattered in Altoids tins.
Instead of cluttering the rim of your tub, store your shampoos and conditioners in a metal, tiered caddy that you can hang onto your shower rod. Have a lot of scarves and no where to put them? Tension rods work well for just this. Living in clutter? Lauren Conrad suggests decorating with furniture made of clear Lucite or glass. Use tension rods as dividers in cupboards to make storing trays and cutting boards easier.
Need somewhere to put all of your nail polishes? Go for a spice rack.
Store batteries in a plastic tackle box. Have a system for incoming and outgoing mail, such as letter trays, baskets, or standing racks. Have a dedicated bin for junk mail, so it can be immediately recycled. File bills and other correspondence in separate in-boxes. A magazine rack hung on the inside of a kitchen cabinet makes a great storage spot for pot lids. For functional seating, get an ottoman with interior storage space. Group like with like—designate spaces for different types of items, like office supplies, important documents, wires and cords, and gadgets.
Stylist Brad Goreski owns 40 cashmere sweaters, but does anyone need that many? How many pairs of jeans do you really need? Store perfume samples in old cigar boxes or other decorative tins. Store cleaning supplies in a plastic caddy that you can carry from room to room. Store off season clothes and linens in vacuum-sealed plastic bags. They save space and easily fit under a bed or in a closet. When organizing your makeup, the key is to use small clear containers with no lids.
We've gathered stylish and creative ideas you can pull off with what you already own — or make a few purchases for a fast fix.
Don't struggle with your underbed storage ever again. Another genius way to make better use of your walls: Buy tension rods and hang them in a nook for a easy-to-install shoe rack. Get the tutorial at A Royal Love. If your closet doesn't have enough space for your wardrobe, don't fear — a garment rack provides extra storage.
Pro tip: Hang your favorite items here and this rack will double as decor. Not only will this organization idea make your closet look neat and tidy, but it also a space-saver, meaning you can fit more linens into a cramped area. This multi-functional piece has a mirror for quick touch ups, hooks for keys, and a display for photos that'll put a smile on your face. Prevent bras, underwear, and socks from becoming a jumbled mess by adding honeycomb-style organizers.
The compartments help make the most of the space and keep all small items visible. Alternatively, if you're lacking drawer space, this hanging organizer offers cubbies for sweaters and other items you don't want to hang or stretch out. For added storage, repurpose a small dresser as a nightstand.
This storage solution is the perfect spot to stash off-season clothes, extra sheet sets, accessories , and more. Whoever thought to create a platform lift for your bed is genius. You don't need a linen closet when you invest in this smart design.
Position a deep basket at the foot of your bed to tidy throw pillows and extra blankets. Open shelving requires just the right mix of organization and styling. Start by placing the necessary items, like baskets and books , on your shelves first, then pepper in a few stylish decor pieces and accessories where there's room.
Manage last-minute changes without tossing items on the chair or bed by installing a few hooks on the back of your closet door. Place a small trash can near your nightstand to keep tissues, receipts, and price tags from littering your dresser, bedside table, and other surfaces. Adding a giant pegboard, which you can lean against a wall, allows you to organize items in an efficient and attractive way.
Get the tutorial at Little House on the Corner. Surround your bed with cubbies and a shelf to make it the perfect storage space. Get the tutorial at Two Make a Home. This DIY platform maximizes your under-the-bed storage. Use woven baskets to add some more style to your bedroom too. Get the tutorial at Chatfield Court. Maximize your wall space by adding hooks under your shelves or, better yet, create this wall shelf with hooks attached. Get the tutorial at Two Purple Couches.
Your whole shoe collection can become part of your bedroom decor once add them to this DIY shoe ladder. If you're looking to have your accessories in one place, it can now all be hidden inside this compartment behind your mirror.
Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess. Your floating shelves won't feel like wasted space after you add a hidden drawer to them.
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