Organizing And Storage
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7 Storage Hacks for Hopelessly Messy People
Try these organizational ideas now—before someone stages an intervention on you.
Nov 19, 2019
A Professional Organizer Reveals 3 of Her Favorite IKEA Products
They're all under $20... and can be used all over the house!
Nov 5, 2019
I Bought Something to Organize My Cords, But it Turns Out It’s Much Better for Toothbrushes
This stroke of bad-luck-turned-unexpected-hack was my own real life "new use for an almost-new thing."
Oct 30, 2019
5 Things You Should Never Store In Your Lower Kitchen Cabinets
Lower kitchen cabinets are pretty prime real estate.
Oct 27, 2019
8 Genius Kitchen Storage Solutions Amazon Shoppers Love—and They’re Under $20
Seriously, these are genius!
Oct 22, 2019
We Just Found a Luxe-Looking Storage Solution Brand—And It’s Available on Amazon
And it's budget-friendly to boot.
Oct 16, 2019
Before and After: Here’s Proof That a Linen Closet Can Actually Look Stylish
The space needed function and organization, but now this well-organized linen closet is too pretty to be hidden behind closed doors.
Sep 6, 2019
This Obvious (But Genius!) Bed Sheet Storage Tip is the Free Alternative to a Linen Closet
And it works in virtually any space—big or small.
Aug 12, 2019
This $42 Shelf From Amazon Instantly Organized My Storage-Challenged City Bathroom
The lack of storage in my new bathroom became a problem. I needed a solution to all the clutter—something affordable, sturdy, and that looked good.
Jul 23, 2019
15 Perfect Pegboards That Will Inspire You to Get Organized
A good pegboard setup can do more than get you organized—it might help you free up some space at home, too.
Jun 4, 2019
IKEA Has a Genius $4 Idea for Hiding Your Out of Season Clothes and Bedsheets, In Plain Sight
With this fun hack, we’ve all got one more excuse to accessorize our living rooms and bedrooms.
Jun 2, 2019
9 Storage Boxes Under $20 That Are Cute Enough for Company to See
Time to ditch those ugly plastic storage bins you've been hiding, once and for all.
May 8, 2019
Pros and Cons of Custom Closets
Every fashion-addict dreams about it: a custom-designed closet, preferably walk-in, with all your clothing, footwear and accessories in sight and at arms’ reach. The kind of space which makes getting dressed in the morning feel like shopping on Madison Avenue. It can be yours with a custom closet, but it doesn’t come cheap. If your’e thinking of taking the plunge and going custom, here are some things you might want to keep in mind.Pros1. They’re designed for your stuff.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Marji’s Transformed Tool Storage
Anyone else have a garage, basement, or storage space that looks like this? There’s hope: Marji was fed up with the clutter in her tool shed, and she decided to first purge and then create a clever system that works for her.From Marji: As you can see, our tool shed was an unbelievable, disorganized mess.
May 5, 2019
Hide That Remote! 5 Pretty Storage Boxes
Advances in technology are making excessive wires and cables slowly go the way of the buffalo but, the remote? It looks like we may be stuck with that one for a while. So if you can’t beat it, hide it! (Along with those goofy 3D glasses that seem to come along with every new TV.) We’ve rounded up a few options that you won’t mind leaving out based on the average size TV remote (7.5”) though you may want to check them against your own. 1.
May 5, 2019
Buy or DIY: Kids Underbed Storage
away 1. DIY Rolling Storage Crates, Teal & Lime, approx. $120/set of 4 These are an even hipper option that would end up looking great in a teenagers room/college dorm. You could stencil them with simple numbers that would be universally useful. I really want a set. 2. DIY Chalkboard Drawers, IHeart Organizing Unwanted dresser drawers were given new life with the addition of casters and a coat of chalkboard paint. Such a smart way to label kids’ stuff! 3.
May 4, 2019
In Praise of IKEA’s FRAKTA Bag
What’s big, blue, and one of my all-time favorites from IKEA? At $0.59, the FRAKTA bag is cheaper than a soft serve cone from the Swedish behemoth, and it just might be the brand’s most versatile product. What’s it good for? How much time have you got? Laundry – The FRAKTA is enormous and weightless, which makes it great for hauling dry cleaning and laundry. The flat bottom even makes it work for collecting clean folded laundry before putting it in its place.
May 4, 2019
The Top Clutter Hotspots in Every Home (and How To Conquer Them Quickly)
A friend you haven’t seen in a while calls to let you know she’s in the area and would love to stop by. You say: “Of course—come over!” You think: “Just give me three hours to clean up, please!” Ideally, we’d follow the “tidy up a little every day” routine, but despite our best efforts, there are certain spots in our homes where the chaos just tends to build.
May 3, 2019
Basket Case: 16 of Our Favorite Storage Baskets
Baskets are one of those things that absolutely fall into the category of “you can never have enough.” They’re hard working, provide plenty of storage solutions and can be downright pretty. We’ve rounded up 16 of our favorite storage baskets nice enough to incorporate into your decor (while stashing away things you don’t want out in the open). It’s woven. It has handles. It has a pretty accent color. What more could you want?
May 3, 2019
A Pro Organizer’s Tricks for Hiding Storage in Plain Sight
Who would imagine that a professional organizer would buy a home that has very little built-in storage? What would be a deal breaker for many buyers became a welcome challenge for the de-cluttering guru and talented DIYer Tami Hills. The owner of Nola Clutter Busters, whose home we recently featured as a house tour, shares some of her simple storage solutions with us. As an organizer, I’m NOT a fan of using plastic storage containers if they are visible.
May 3, 2019
How To Make the Very Best Use of the Space Under Your Bed
When you live in a small space with smaller storage options, a blank slate under the bed becomes valuable for storing, well, whatever will fit. We’ve rounded up smart projects, inspiring photos, and a useful shopping guide to help you make the most of your available bed-to-floor storage options. Above: This image from IKEA shows how a VEDDINGE kitchen cabinet door with a molding surround and wheels attached can double as a sliding shoe organizer. Talk about clever on wheels.
May 3, 2019
Calling all Neatniks: IKEA’s Pegboard System Finally Hits US
Pegboard and IKEA seem like a match made in heaven and now we can enjoy this marriage here on earth. Released in Europe and other parts of the world last spring under the name SKADIS, the line just landed here in the U.S. and neatniks everywhere can rejoice. The basic SKADIS board comes in three sizes priced between $8-$16.
May 3, 2019
Here’s How I Tripled My Storage Space This Weekend for Less than 20 Bucks
For someone who lives in the scorching-hot-nine-months-out-of-the-year South, I have a surprisingly large amount of blankets and over-sized sweatshirts. The blanket collection has been growing ever since I left home, with quilts my mother has gifted me, vintage afghan blankets I’ve found while thrifting, and a glut of cheap throws I always buy any time I spot one on sale at TJ Maxx or Target.
May 3, 2019
This Is the Worst Storage Mistake You Can Make
I have friends who renovated their home recently, and they put together this gorgeous, open-plan kitchen with The Works: white marble countertops on top of crisp black base cabinets with pull-out drawers, floating open shelves instead of upper cabinets, and an enormous farmhouse sink. Basically everything I’ve ever pinned. Not surprisingly, it looked amazing when it was finished!
May 3, 2019
The 5 Types of Paper Clutter, and How to Deal with Each of Them
Some facts just stick with you. I’ll never forget a comment one reader, ecuadoriana—a collector of pre-20th century medical journals—left on a post I wrote about paper clutter last year. Apparently hemorrhoids, some time around the late 1800’s, used to be called “piles,” and ecuadoriana had formed a lasting mental connection. “Every time I see piles of papers, magazines, wayward laundry, etc.
May 3, 2019
These Incredibly Easy Storage Solutions Are Beauty Blogger-Approved
If the bathroom drawers are overflowing, the bedroom dresser is buried under a pile of bottles and jars, and your closet door unable to shut because its so stuffed, it may be time to rethink your current beauty supply storage setup. But don’t be under the impression that this kind of organization undertaking has to be expensive. The very easy and affordable storage ideas in this beauty blogger’s home could be be just the solution you need to tame your products and accessories!
May 3, 2019
The Smartest Small Space Storage Ideas We Saw in 2018
There’s no doubt about it: As well as being cozy and adorable, stylish small spaces also hold a TON of smart storage ideas. The ones below are some of the best solutions we saw in small house tours this year. No matter your home’s size, you’ll find inspiration for how to store more stylishly in 2019. When a professional organizer lives in a tiny studio apartment, expect great ideas, like these floating wall-mounted IKEA cabinets that were hung close to the ceiling.
May 3, 2019
A Smart and Frugal Way to Make Your Cast Iron Skillet Last Longer (With Just a Paper Towel)
The first time I cooked with my now-husband, I was surprised to learn he had a collection of cast iron pans in an array of sizes. What impressed me most wasn’t that he had a larger (and more well-seasoned) set of cast iron than me, but the smart way he stored his cast iron pans. Instead of simply nesting cast iron pans one inside another, metal on metal, he used a single paper towel to separate each piece of cookware to prevent friction.
May 3, 2019
This Handy Flow Chart Explains What Kind of Storage Containers to Use
Organizing expert Kristen Ziegler is founder and owner of Minima—a company that helps others declutter and organize. Apartment Therapy has toured her ultra-organized and serene home, as well as shared tons of her advice on keeping areas of your home tidy, like your bathroom, fridge, and even junk drawers. She’s also provided great product recommendations, from home basics to her favorite organizing products of all time.
May 3, 2019
No Built-Ins, No Problem: Customizable, Modular Bookshelves that Don’t Require Putting Holes in Your Walls
As a renter, building your own built-in bookshelves is out of the question (unless you butter up your landlord, I guess). But you can get kind of close. Here are a handful of storage solutions that, like liquids and cats, will fill any space. And the best part about modular, design-your-own pieces is that they can be reconfigured to work in your next apartment (and every apartment after that!). Boxy modules snap together with small clips, and can be placed on the floor or on top of a stand.
Apr 30, 2019
5 Kitchen-Organizing Ideas to Steal from Savvy Dollar Store Shoppers
It's easy to think you need to spend a lot of money to get a well-organized pantry—but you'd be wrong.
Mar 17, 2019
One Minute Tip: Three Ways to Use Vertical Space
Today’s One Minute Tip comes from Fay Wolf, with three simple ways to rethink vertical space. • The Star: Fay Wolf is a singer-songwriter, actor and professional organizer. She’s acted on shows like 2 Broke Girls and Bones, and her songs have been heard on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. Fay’s Los Angeles-based company New Order has been organizing lives since 2006, helping creative people deal with both inner and outer clutter.
Mar 12, 2019
The $60 Kitchen Rack (from Amazon!) That the Internet’s Obsessed With
Spend enough time looking at kitchen designs, and things start to look familiar. You start to see the same trends and products—KitchenAid stand mixers, pot rails from IKEA, and bright-pink rugs, for example—over and again. Sometimes things become popular because of a dedicated marketing team with a lot of ad dollars, but sometimes it happens on its own because a product is just that useful.
Dec 2, 2018
A Smart Way to Add Storage When You Have No Wall Space
There’s a funny irony in the fact that you have to have space to create space. When square footage is tight, you need to find clever ways to store your things. But those “genius” storage solutions usually require their own sacrifice in the form of either floor space (wardrobes, bookcases) or wall space (wall-mounted shelves and racks). If you’re tight on both, you might feel like you’re out of luck.
Nov 13, 2018
A $17 Closet Organizer to Keep Your Clothes Happy This Fall
Spring cleaning gets all the glory, but what they don’t tell you is that closet organization is just as important in the fall. Unpacking all your chunky sweaters, corduroy, and cashmere means a lot of textiles, well, everywhere. If you’re already dreading stacks of wool and towers of denim taking over your shelves, there’s hope. Meet the $17 shelf dividers that are going to change the way you deal with closet overflow this fall.
Oct 3, 2018
This Under-$20 Multitasker Will Help Organize Your Home in Seconds
Staying organized at home on a budget can be tricky. That’s why we have to pause and celebrate each and every inexpensive home organizational find we discover! And amazingly, we actually found an under-$20 buy at Amazon that can help streamline your home in seconds. Believe it or not, this stylish wire magazine holder has the power to organize everything from your kitchen pantry to your closet—it just takes a little imagination.
Sep 9, 2018
10 Highly Specific Command Hook Solutions That Just Might Be Exactly What You Need
In addition to adhesive hanging hooks, Command has several highly specific applications of their removable (a.k.a. renter-approved) technology.
Sep 5, 2018
As Seen on TV: Survey Reveals Americans Really Do Store Sweaters in the Oven
It turns out Carrie Bradshaw’s not the only one who stores sweaters in her oven. MakeSpace, a storage solution that combines technology with trained moving professionals, conducted a survey on the State of Stuff in America and found that there are real people out there turning kitchens into closets. While you may have considered it an urban legend up there with “alligators in the sewers,” this method of dealing with abysmal apartment storage is very real.
Jun 21, 2018
Why You Should Use Magnets to Organize Your Bathroom
Magnets are little gravity-defying miracles, and mighty in their myriad uses. One of the best places to put their small-yet-powerful selves to work is in the bathroom. Use one or two or 10 there, and keep everything in its proper place. No more hunting around for loose bobby pins, nail clippers, or your favorite eye shadow.
Jun 18, 2018
11 Uses for Magnetic Knife Racks You’re Probably Overlooking
I’m prepared to say that 85% of U.S. citizens have one of these magnetic knife holders hanging somewhere in their kitchen (that’s a totally made up number btw), and the other 15% should get on board. And then 100% of us should look for other places to mount them in our homes, because these simple little strips are good for so much more than just knives. Here’s a whole bunch of ways they make organizing easy.
May 17, 2018
5 Affordable Organizing Solutions I Swear by in My Kitchen
I don't have a fortune to customize the cabinets from top to bottom — just a few dollars here and there to maximize my kitchen's storage potential.
Apr 20, 2018
7 Times You’re Actually Just Hoarding When You’re Trying to Organize
We’ve all been there. It’s almost springtime and after a long winter spent indoors, you’re ready to get your home nice and clutter-free for the warm weather season. Unfortunately, sometimes instead of successfully clearing out the clutter in our homes, we simply wind up organizing stuff we shouldn’t keep in the first place. While catchall storages bins and closet organizers might seem space-savvy, they often end up helping us hoard things we should be getting rid of.
Mar 22, 2018
8 Pictures that Prove IKEA’s EKBY ALEX is the Sleekest Storage Around
At $46.99 and a mere 12 inches deep, the EKBY ALEX is one of IKEA’s best examples of sleek, minimal furniture that lends itself to an impressive array of uses and customization options. With two drawers and a surface that can be used as a shelf or table, the EKBY ALEX maximizes storage in small spaces like only our favorite Swedish pieces can.
Feb 7, 2018
The Clever DIY Storage Idea That’ll Take Your Kitchen to the Next Level
If you’ve got a pantry—no matter the size, from a small cabinet to a complete closet to a dedicated room—chances are you have a door or two enclosing it. While you might have given attention to organizing the shelves within your pantry, have you thought about tackling all that wasted space behind your door? This DIY pantry door storage solution is functional and beautiful. And it’s such a good idea, we’re rerunning this post two years in a row!
Aug 22, 2017
How To Organize Your Pantry for $49 and One Trip to the Store
A five-part plan for a better pantry by tomorrow.
Jul 17, 2017
A Kitchen Storage Trend That’s a Fresh Update on Floating Open Shelving
If you’re itching to kick your standard closed cabinets to the curb to update the look of your kitchen, you may be considering the controversial open shelf. But before you add a bunch of bespoke floating wooden shelves to your kitchen, consider this in-between look that’s a little less expected. It just might be the thing you’re looking for to add some organized, yet visually interesting storage to your cooking space.
Jun 19, 2017
DIY Ideas for Impeccably Organized Drawers
Your guide to custom-crafted drawers.
Apr 18, 2017
How to Cope with Little or No Bedroom Storage (& Maximize the Storage You Have!)
If your bedroom storage situation is such that you laugh-cry every time a person on “House Hunters” (or any given home show) sashays through a walk-in closet and then pouts, “This just isn’t enough closet space,” then grab a cup (okay, more like a big pot) of tea and settle in.
Jan 26, 2017
Smart Hacks: 7 Ways to Add More Storage in the Living Room
A living room closet is a godsend, a convenient place to cram all your belongings so your living room can be clutter-free for relaxing and entertaining. But if yours doesn’t have a closet, storing things in the living room can be tricky. You don’t want all your belongings strewn randomly across the most aesthetically important room in your home. Luckily, with a little creativity, you can make a lot of space in your living room without sacrificing any elegance or organization.
Oct 28, 2016
How to Handle the Bedroom Chair Pile-Up For Good: 5 No-Hanger, No-Fold Options for Casual Clothes Storage
Here are five of our favorite no-hanger, no-fold options for casual clothes storage.
Aug 16, 2016
Design Solutions: A Lookbook of (Good Looking!) Hanging Pots & Pans Solutions in Real Kitchens
Whether your space is just too small or your storage options lacking, you might find yourself in the position of figuring out where to store pots in your kitchen. Don’t despair if there’s no cabinet to tuck them away in; there are ways to store your pots out in the open that won’t hurt your eyes. For your storage inspiration files: 14 examples of real homes storing pots stylishly.
Jun 9, 2016
3 Easy, Instant Ways I Made More Room in My Tiny Kitchen
I moved into a small, 500 square foot apartment with real wood floors, tall charming ceilings and a spunky little kitchen that can’t be more than a few feet wide. Yes, WIDE. We’re talking can’t-open-the-oven-unless-you’re-standing-on-the-side small. But I managed to fit everything I needed in my kitchen snugly, in a way that functions well enough that I can easily pull things out as I need.
Sep 28, 2015
Stylish Storage: 10 Smart Ways to Organize Your Pantry
For years I’ve coveted pantries, and now that I have one… it’s kind of a mess. Keeping a well-stocked pantry user-friendly is definitely a challenge, but the wisest minds online are here to help… From across the web, here are some of the best ideas for keeping your pantry organized. You’ll never spend 15 minutes digging around for the sugar ever again. Open + Industrial Perhaps the best way to keep your pantry looking its best? Make it public.
Feb 7, 2014
10 Clever Ways to Store Stuffed Animal Collections
Ready to organize those stuffed animal collections for the new year? Some parents recommend purging until you don’t need a storage solution, but some kids love their stuffies so much that they’d love to keep them all. If you agree to house a bunch of these toys, you might want an aesthetically pleasing way to store and display them. We’ve rounded up some simple and clever ideas for keeping plush toys corralled and displayed so that, hopefully, everyone is happy. 1.
Jan 6, 2014
Beautifully Organized: Shoe & Bag Storage
image:c2825991f525aeca346ee8e1057fee59531b764e w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" When you’re short on space, shoes and bags are some of the hardest items to give a proper home. It seems like they’re always hanging around in the wrong rooms, getting crushed together in a too-small bin, getting tangled together on a top shelf, or gathering dust at the back of a closet.
Jan 29, 2013
Before & After: Streamlining Scarf Storage
I may have a bit of a scarf addiction. With practically nonexistent closet space, they were taking over the hooks on my bedroom door. Not only was it an eyesore, it was impossible to grab a coat or scarf without creating an avalanche of accessories. This weekend, I found a solution that was quick, inexpensive, and visually interesting. Check out the after, after the jump!My bedroom is a square with this little nook large enough to accommodate the open door.
Oct 20, 2011
The Beginner's Guide to an Organized Closet
The Beginner's Guide to an Organized Closet
Feb 21, 2018
The Right Way to Use Command Strips
The Right Way to Use Command Strips
Apr 27, 2018
House Tour: A Closet-less Brooklyn Abode
House Tour: A Closet-less Brooklyn Abode
Feb 20, 2018
IKEA Products Every Renter Should Know About
IKEA Products Every Renter Should Know About
Jan 8, 2018
5 Small Space Bedroom Solutions
5 Small Space Bedroom Solutions
Dec 22, 2017
Organizing Zen: Decluttering The Spice Cabinet
Organizing Zen: Decluttering The Spice Cabinet
Aug 17, 2017
Simple Drawer Hacks
Simple Drawer Hacks
Jun 8, 2017
5 Ways To Use Tension Rods
5 Ways To Use Tension Rods
Mar 6, 2017