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11 Resourceful Organization Hacks That Would Make MacGyver Proud

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I’m sure most of us would like our homes to be more organized, but it can seem like a daunting task. Not only does organizing take time and effort, but it can be expensive as well! (Just ask anyone who has accidentally blown their budget to smithereens at The Container Store!)

But you don’t need expensive storage containers to get more organized at home. In fact, you can probably do a lot with things you already own! Today I’ll be showing you 11 common household items that can do double-duty as clever organization hacks.

In fact, I’ve discovered so many great double-duty ideas like this that today I’ll be focusing on kitchen items specifically. After seeing just how much organizing potential is hidden in your kitchen, you’ll never look at it the same way again! :-)

Related: 7 Clever Ways To Get More Organized By Thinking Like MacGyver

11 Organization Hacks That Use Common Kitchen Items

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1. Muffin Tin

Use a muffin tin to help you organize collections of small items. Put one in your home office to hold paper clips, push pins, rubber bands, and other office supplies. You could also keep one in your crafting area to keep buttons, rhinestones, and other small items in order.

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2. Hanging Fruit Basket

A hanging fruit basket might just be the perfect storage solution for your shower. Hang it up using a removable adhesive hook to keep loofahs, washcloths, and bath toys handy.

Related: 21 Ways To Organize Your Life With Removable Hooks

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3. Silverware Tray

Here’s another clever bathroom tip: use a silverware tray to organize your bathroom drawers. Plastic silverware trays are inexpensive and they’re perfect for storing toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other everyday hygiene items. When they get dirty, just throw them in the dishwasher.

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4. Cooling Racks

You don’t need an expensive contraption to keep your spice collection organized. If you have a flimsy cooling rack on hand, try this solution:

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Bend the cooling rack to form a U-shape, then secure the sides in place using electrical tape. Hang your new spice rack from a cupboard door with a couple of adhesive hooks. Your spices will be more accessible than ever!

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5. Chip Clips

If you have a couple of extra chip clips lying around, use them to transform your plain old hangers into skirt hangers. Just grab your trusty hot glue gun, and glue chip clips onto both ends of the hanger. You can use the clips to hang skirts, pants, and other clothes—and you didn’t have to spend a cent to do it!

6. Paper Towel Holder

Use a paper towel holder to help hold your ribbon collection during your holiday gift wrapping marathons. Just look for one with a bar small enough to fit through the middle of your ribbon spools. Simple and useful!

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7. Cookie Sheet

Use a small cookie sheet as a magnetic “bulletin board!” Use it to post notes and notices for the family or to keep track of appointments.

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8. Utensil Caddy

A metal or ceramic utensil caddy can play double duty as a holder for hair tools. A simple utensil caddy made of a heat-resistant material makes the perfect place to set down your flat iron while you’re doing your hair. Again, simply throw it in the dishwasher when it needs a cleaning.

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9. Wine Rack

An inexpensive wine rack can make a great storage solution for all sorts of things! Use a wine rack to store your yarn collection, reusable water bottles, hairsprays, towels, and more. Practical and pretty at the same time!

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10. Magnetic Knife Strip

Magnetic knife strips can help you organize just about anything that has metallic parts. Hang one in a play room to store toy cars, or hang one up in your entry way as a key hanger. My husband hung up a magnetic knife strip in our garage to keep track of all our screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers etc.  Works like a charm!

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11. Mason Jars

Mason jars are WAY more than just a double-duty storage solution—seriously, what can’t you use a mason jar for?—but one way that we use mason jars at the studio is to store paper cupcake liners. It keeps the chaos contained while still allowing you to see all the colors and designs when you need to choose one. It also just looks nice! :-)

Do you use any kitchen items to keep yourself or your home organized?


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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • We used to use the hanging fruit basket in our shower. That was when we had more of the family living at home. I also had one in my room for awhile.

  • I used the command strips to hang my blow dryer and curling iron up. They are off the counter, but easily accessible. I love Command Strips! I have some of my large cooking utensils hanging from a cabinet with them.

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  • have you ever put your coffee cup on your nice wood table only to find that it has scratched it later? I stumbled across a way to fix that problem! I use a nail buffer (the harsh side) on the bottom of my ceramic cup. Smooth as can be!
    I have been known to put those little clear sticky foot things on the bottom of flower vases also.

  • I use plastic ice cube trays in a bathroom drawer to keep my earrings and rings sorted. Depending on the depth of the drawer, you could stack two high. It’s a quick and easy way to locate both earrings every morning.

    And speaking of mason jars, you can keep things like cotton balls and swabs in them. The jars keep them clean and corralled. And the small “quilted” jars are just the right size and look pretty.

  • Thank you for all the ideas, especially about the silverware trays- I will put one in my junk drawer for all the batteries, tacks and nails etc. I REALLY want to thank you for introducing me to a whole new world of healing, Essential Oils! I am just starting and have purchased a book that covers everything from A-Z to help me with all your recipes and more.

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  • I keep my spices in the freezer door of my refrigerator. I never see anyone with that application. They stay fresher longer and are ready to use, as I label the tops with a number and the spice, in alphabetical order. Is that okay?

  • For a dust pan, I use a piece of newspaper. Just rip a page in 1/2, wet 1 edge of it. Lay it on the floor, flattening down the wet edge. Sweep your pile over the edge and onto the paper. Fold up your trash and toss. You’ll never leave that little bit behind.

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  • I use a container that is designed for dried spaghetti noodles for my cupcake wrappers. I have them in the container sorted by holiday. Then for example when Valentines day is over -I do have to tip it upside down to put the valentines at the bottom but once back in the container St Pats or Spring/Easter is on top next followed by patriotic wrappers. The nice thing is I can see about how many wrappers I have for each holiday at a glance so I know if I need more.

  • I have a very, VERY small kitchen (did I mention my SMALL kitchen?) with only a few cabinets and only a couple of drawers. When growing up, my mother always had a kitchen drawer where she kept the towels and dishcloths/etc. Since I didn’t have that I took a 3-tier wire basket and hung it above my sink, in front of the window (not in my face but off to my left side). In the top (smallest) basket I put rolled-up dishcloths, the middle (medium) basket are my rolled-up floursack dish towels (those big white ones), and in the third and largest basket, I have rolled up all of my regular kitchen towels. I stand them all up on end in each one. This is not only functional but it is really kind of cute! I have had many comments on this idea.

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