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.