No matter what your living situation, there’s always something that can be done to make life there a little easier.
But let’s be honest.
Not many people actually get excited to clean their home.
Maybe you do — and that’s great!
But just in case you’re a little less than thrilled to constantly be cleaning, here are a few hacks to keep your home life tidier, more organized, and just all-around less stressful.
Keep your cables in line.
Use washi tape to add labels to the various cables plugged into a power strip.
That way, if you ever need to unplug something, you can do so without accidentally cutting out the Internet or TV!
Make a plastic bag box!
Get rid of that plastic bag full of plastic bags under your sink! Simply loop them together and stuff ’em in an empty tissue box.
Every time you pull one out, the next one will be right there waiting for you.
(Better yet — and better for the environment — use reusable grocery bags!)
Moving your furniture around?
If you want to get rid of the smushed-down carpet look after moving furniture, all you need is some ice cubes.
Place the ice cubes in the carpet dent and wait for them to melt.
Sop up most of the water with a dishtowel and your carpet should be back to its un-smushed state!
No more falling trash bags!
There’s nothing more annoying than going to throw something away and having the entire bag fall into the trash can instead.
Use a couple of Command hooks to hold the plastic bags in place, and you’ll never have that issue again!
This next hack is for the bathroom.
Silverware dividers — not just for silverware!
You can use organizational tools throughout your house — not just for their advertised use!
This method of using a silverware divider for toothbrushes and toothpaste is absolutely brilliant.
These boots were made for pool noodles.
A pool noodle (trimmed to size) is the ideal shape for placing in your tall boots so that they don’t flop over and get unsightly creases.
Plus, they’re super cheap and won’t get dirty.
Untangle and wrangle.
Rather than storing all your various cables in a box or bag, consider wrapping them up and popping them inside an old TP tube (or a paper towel tube cut to size).
Then label them so you can always find exactly what you’re looking for.
Binder clips are some of the handiest things ever when it comes to home organization.
You can use them to clip bags of frozen veggies closed and hook them to the rack in your freezer.
Tong with the Windows.
Your kitchen tongs are the ideal tools for wiping your blinds.
Just wrap a couple microfiber cloths (or old T-shirts) around each side, secure with rubber bands, and go nuts with the dusting.
This next hack is another one that will save precious under-sink space.
Easy-access trash bags.
Rather than storing your garbage bags in a box (which takes up “floor” space in your cupboard), consider mounting them on the side of the cupboard instead.
This hack can be easily accomplished with about $5 worth of supplies and 5 minutes.
Another use for old TP tubes.
Got a shoebox?
Got some Toilet paper tubes?
If you answered yes to both questions, then you also have a nifty writing utensil storage device. You just have to assemble it.
That’s a wrap!
If you have a bunch of rolls of wrapping paper, you’re probably familiar with the struggle of having them constantly fall over in your closet and getting crushed.
Get them off the floor by placing them in a clear garment bag and hanging them up!
This hack cuts the mustard.
Use an egg carton to store mustard, ketchup, and other squeezable condiments upside-down in your fridge shelves.
They’ll always be ready-to-use and won’t topple out every time you open the fridge door.
Store your storage containers.
We’ve all fallen for the storage containers that “conveniently stack,” but it can be annoying having to move the entire stack around every time you need a container and a lid.
Instead, consider storing your containers horizontally in baskets as shown here.
Now you can easily grab a lid and container without having to take everything out of the drawer.
This next hack can be used in virtually every room in the house.
Invest in shoe organizers!
If there’s one product that does way more than people realize, it’s the lowly shoe organizer.
Yes, you can use it for your shoes, but don’t let the organization stop there! Hang one up in your bathroom for makeup or shower supplies.
Use one in your craft room to organize scissors, tapes, and ribbons. Hang one on the back of a seat in your car to organize your kids’ toys and snacks.
They’re super versatile and wonderful.
Another double-duty hack!
A pot lid organizer is a great idea for your kitchen cabinets, but it can also come in handy in your closet!
Use one as a place to hold your purses and clutches.
DIY earring organizer.
If you have a lot of stud earrings, this is a great way to keep them organized.
All it takes is some foam and one of those cheap plastic drawer sets you can get at the dollar store (of course, you could get fancier drawers if you wanted to, too).
Alternatively, you can use egg cartons or ice cube trays!
Not-too-icy ice cream.
OK, this one doesn’t really have anything to do with cleaning or organizing, but if your home is filled with ice cream lovers, you’re gonna love this tip.
Fresh herbs year-round!
Freeze fresh herbs in olive oil as soon as you bring them home from the store (or pick them from your garden). That way, you can enjoy fresh herbs any time of the year.
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