20 ingenious home organization ideas and systems
With only so many drawers and cabinets, people are constantly trying to find an answer to the age-old question: What do I do with all this clutter? Thanks to Pinterest, we have some incredibly brilliant solutions for you.
Garage ceiling storage
With this ingenious idea of using the ceiling as a storage area, you can once again park your car in the garage! Click here for the how-to guide.
Aluminum foil, wax paper dispenser
The days of rummaging through overstuffed cabinets to find aluminum foil and wax paper are over. This dispenser from Pottery Barn holds paper towel, aluminum foil and wax paper rolls that you can easily access and tear off from their convenient spot on the kitchen wall.
Hanging a shoe organizer for cleaning supplies
Save space under the sink by hanging a shoe organizer on the inside of a closet door and placing all of your cleaning supplies in the pockets.
Laundry pull-out drying rack
That laundry drying rack is never in a convenient place — you’re either tripping over it on the floor or wasting valuable counter space with it. Get rid of that old rack and install one of these crafty pull-out racks that lays flat against the wall until you need it. Click here to learn how.
Bookshelves wrapped around couch
Forget end tables. These bookshelves fulfill your need for end tables next to the couch, while also elegantly storing books and knickknacks.
Spice rack to hold products in bathroom
Instead of cluttering up your bathroom sink with beauty products, install one of these Ikea spice racks on the wall to hold all of your hair spray, moisturizers, mouthwash, etc.
Lost sock board
While this doesn’t solve the mystery of where all of our missing socks go, it will help you match them up when you do find them again. Plus, it’s a cute addition to the laundry room. Click here to find out how you can make your own board.
There’s no reason your refrigerator can’t be organized too. The Container Store has tips for tidying up the fridge and sells these containers to help you sort your foods.
Countertop for washer/dryer
Glam up your laundry room by adding a counter to the top of the washer and dryer. All you need is some plywood from Lowe’s, and boom! You’ve got space to add picture frames or other decor. Click here for more tips for improving the look of the laundry room from the Bryn Alexandra blog.
Wine rack as towel holder
Usually we’d suggest some counseling if you felt the need to install a wine rack in the bathroom, but in this case, we think it’s a fantastic idea. Instead of wine, use the rack to organize your towels.
Cutting board over trash
Instead of picking up the scraps and tossing them in the trash while you prep for dinner, you can just scrape the unnecessary food bits into the hole on this cutting board that pulls out like a drawer — and is conveniently situated above the drawer containing the trash. Absolutely brilliant. To learn more about the concept, including installation and cleaning, click here.
Pop-up outlets on kitchen counter
Add a well-concealed power strip to your kitchen counter so you can plug in food processors, blenders, toasters and other kitchen appliances in the most convenient location possible. Click here to learn more about the concept, created by Torrance-Calif.-based Doug Mockett and Co.
Kitchen appliance cover with retractable doors
Your kitchen will look so much neater with this nook for all your appliances, such as your microwave, blender and mixer. The retractable doors stylishly conceal all of the gadgets behind them. Click here for more clever ways to store small appliances, from Better Homes & Gardens.
Drawers under stairs
Add this to your dream home checklist: Pull-out storage drawers underneath the stairs. Why let all of that space go to waste?
Never again will you need to sort through tangled cords to figure out which one goes to which appliance, computer, lamp or fan. Use those little plastic pieces that keep your bags of bread closed to label the cords — on both ends — so you can easily identify the electronics they go with. Click here for more details.
Lid storage in kitchen
Install towel racks on the inside of the pantry doors to hang the lids of your pots and pans. No more clamoring to find the right one!
Try this shelving system from AtticMaxx that maximizes empty, often wasted space between attic trusses.
Dog food cabinet
Dog food bags don’t make for attractive home decor. Instead, keep the food hidden in a garbage drawer repurposed just for your pooch’s food.
Instead of buying one of the plastic organizers for your silverware, have the organization capability built in by adding dividers to a kitchen drawer.
Shelves inside closet doors
To add more storage space to an already packed closet, install shelving on the inside of the closet door.