13 alternative uses for common household items
We’ve all haphazardly stuffed towels into overly crowded linen closets. And opened our pantries, trying to figure out how to organize those cluttered shelves. And stared at that jumble of necklaces, lying in a tangled mess on our dressers.
And we’ve all thought: There’s got to be a better way.
Luckily, many others have run across these exact same problems — and they’ve taken to the Internet to share their ingenious solutions. The best part: All of these ideas involve common household items that you probably already own.
Here are 13 common household items that will help make your life a little neater, and a little simpler.
Ladder = Towel holder
Stacks of towels or blankets don’t have to take up a lot of space. Try using an older, used ladder to store them in a stylish way that also becomes part of your home’s decor.
Tissue box = Plastic bag dispenser
Don’t throw away those used plastic grocery bags before putting them to another use, say, as a trash can liner. In the meantime, store them efficiently in a tissue box that you thumb tack to the inside of the cabinet under your sink.
Bracket = Book storage
Want a pretty place to store magazines or cookbooks? Use brackets from a home improvement store, paint them, glue them together and make a magazine rack or mail organizer.
Cake stand = Toiletry storage
Bathroom sink cluttered with lotions, perfumes, soaps and deodorant sticks? Use a cake stand or tiered plant stand to hold toiletry items neatly.
Ladder = Shelving
Another use for an old ladder? As shelving! Turn it on its side and hang; then decorate with meaningful odds and ends.
Magazine rack = Fruit holder
The next time you come across wire magazine racks, pick up a couple to hang on the wall in your kitchen to store fruit!
Towel rack = Necklace holder
That jumble of necklaces can be stored on a towel rack with shower curtain hooks. When hung individually, they won’t tangle!
Mason jar = Cotton swab holder
Need a place to keep cotton balls and swabs handy? Take a mason jar, fill it with cotton balls, then place a votive candleholder on top, and stack in the cotton swabs. Voila!
Hamper = Gift wrap station
Create a gift-wrap station in a hamper. Simply stack the rolls of paper in the hamper and use over-the-door hooks on the front to hang bags or baskets for ribbon, bows, tape, etc.
Curtain rods = Cookware divider
If your kitchen cabinets are a mess and items are always falling on top of one another, use tension curtain rods to organize cookie sheets and cutting boards.
Cereal container = Trash can
If you have a long commute, you’re probably throwing trash away from your car on a regular basis. Make it easier by lining a cereal container with a trash bag and storing waste there until it’s ready for faster disposal.
Wine rack = Towel holder
Wine racks aren’t just for wine — hang one in your bathroom to hold rolled-up towels and to create a spa-like feel, creating more room in your linen closet at the same time.
Magazine rack = Foil storage
Use a magazine rack to store boxes of plastic wrap and foil in your pantry, and if the rack is wider, you can even stack canned goods on their sides inside the rack.