Whether due to having company on short notice or just the clutter of everyday living, you probably love the look of a neat and tidy room — when you have time to take care of it. But the messes of life seem to pile up quickly; in the living room, bedroom, kitchen, you name it. But luck for all of us, we don’t have to spend hours every day whipping our homes into shape. We can use these fast ways to tidy up instead!
1. Lid Storage Love
In the kitchen, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to hunt for all those plastic lids. Instead of keeping a pile of them in your cupboard (and watching 3 or 4 fall out every time you open it), use a desktop file inside a cabinet door. Hang it with a couple of stick-on hooks, and you’ll have a spot for all those lids that’s neat and out of the way.
2. Create a Crate Shelf
Wooden crates are fantastic organizing tools, and you can find them for cheap at Michael’s! And if you paint or stain them, they can pull double duty as design features. If you’ve thought of hanging crates on a wall for storage but they seem to take up too much room, why not cut them in half? These half crates can be mounted to a wall easily. Use them to store books, bathroom items, toys, and more. Try hanging some above the toilet.
3. Gotta Wear Shades?
If you — and the rest of your family — have such bright futures that shades are in order, you need a way to tame them. At our house, they tend to pile up on the kitchen counter or in the car. Instead of having to hunt for your sunglasses (or reading glasses, for that matter), create a neat place to store them that hangs on a wall. Use a Dollar Tree frame to create this! All your friends will think you’re a genius. Hey, they’re not wrong.
4. Ironing Center
Don’t have a dedicated spot for your ironing board? Make one! And while you’re at it, store your iron and spray starch there, too. All it takes is a couple of hooks and a shelf. Make your own spin on this idea.
5. Take Command
Nothing clutters up a home like stray papers, coupons, and mail. The end of a hallway, or an empty wall in the kitchen or mudroom makes a great spot for a command center. You can even use the side of the fridge. Hang a calendar, magnet board, wall file for school papers, clip board for chore lists, and a small white board for to-do’s or grocery lists.
6. Shove Shoes Aside
If your family is like mine, shoes tend to get scattered all over the house — and then lost. This genius idea involves a row of hooks that are usually hung higher on a wall for coats, only you mount it near the floor for shoes. Brilliant.
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