Bathroom: Hang over a door and fill with combs, brushes, hair spray, antiseptic spray, and bandages.
Car: Place over the front seat and stow toys, games, pens, and snacks.
Entry closet: Store gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats in winter; in summer, stuff with flip-flops, sunscreen, and bug spray.
Utility closet: Use to stash vacuum attachments, extension cords, cleaning supplies, and dust rags.
Nursery: Fill with clothes, diapers, shoes, and infant-care supplies.
Basement/garage: Stow spray-paint cans, tubes of caulk, paintbrushes, rollers, and pints of paint.
Closet: Round up phones, iPods, cameras, cords, and chargers.
Bedroom: Free up a drawer. Use the hanging bag for socks and underwear.
Clear plastic boxes: These handy boxes—some with adjustable dividers—have up to 24 compartments. globalindustrial.com sells the largest size in lots of five for $31.50 plus shipping.
Office: Stash paper clips, rubber bands, and adhesive notes.
Child’s room: Stow Barbie’s accessories in one place.
Crafts: Buttons, beads, glue sticks, needles, thread, and other supplies stay handy and portable.
Office: Professional organizer Donna Smallin likes these for stowing tax returns—records you must keep but don’t access often.
Recycling: These bins make a trip to the recycling center even easier.
Moving: Many moving companies get several dollars for a cardboard box—and that’s not counting the tape or time it takes to construct one. The bins are sturdier and can survive a flood in the basement.
Clear plastic shoe boxes
My friend Sharon Danzger, a personal organizer, buys these by the case (of 20) at The Container Store, so the price for the ladies’ shoe box drops from $1.79 each to $1.49.
Bedroom: Stow rolled-up belts and your scarves, panty hose, and socks.
Office: Donna Smallin files all her incoming bills in one, along with a calculator, her checkbook, a pen,
envelopes, and stamps.
Medicine cabinet: Georgene Lockwood, author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life,
assembles a “cold kit,” with everything needed to treat a cold or flu.
Refrigerator: Organize bottles and jars on fridge shelves.
Front door: Keep one by the door for library books.
Living room: Use one to carry in your firewood from the woodpile.
Closet: The medium-size carrier corrals cleaning supplies and lets you cart them from room to room.
Ziploc bags : After using these for years in the kitchen, I found the large (three gallons), extra-large (ten gallons), and extra-extra-large (20 gallons) sizes, with handles and zippers (about $6 to $10 for five large, four extra-large, or three extra-extra-large).
Gym: Keep sweaty clothes separate from other items in your gym bag.
Garage: Put beach towels and toys in an extra-large bag now, and you’ll know where to find them next June.
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.