I'm the type of girl who keeps secrets. If I've found the perfect method for cleaning blenders or organizing cords, I want to keep it to myself—just to have my friends in awe when I can locate a spare Ethernet cord in under 3.5 seconds. No easy feat in this endlessly cord-cluttered day and age.
Those plastic-y bags your bed linens came packaged in are perfect for pulling double-duty around the house. Think about it: They're made of a strong enough material (unlike plastic baggies), they're usually clear so you can see what's stashed inside (unlike photo boxes), and they're secured with a real zipper.
As a bonus, we've been lucky to amass a collection of Queen-sized linens bags that are all the same size, sitting uniformly on a shelf in our spare closet. We use them to keep spare cords at-the-ready, but also gather up things like loose hardware (we have a bag full of just spare IKEA screws and Allen wrenches) and office supplies.
(Images: Taryn Fiol)