20 Clever Household Storage Hacks You’ve Got to Try
Find storage possibilities for unused spaces and items you’ve never thought of! Scroll through these ingenious ideas and be sure to jot down the ones that’ll work for your home.
Get it together
With these clever tricks, you’ll be able to organize even the hopelessly messy (looking at you, power cords), and all with simple objects you never knew could be so useful. With all the time we’re currently spending at home, opportunities abound to organize your space—with these tips to help!
Bread tabs for labeling cords
Not sure which cord goes with which electronic device plugged into your power strip? Save yourself the hassle of following the cord from the plugin to the device for each item you need to move by labeling them. Plastic bread tabs are perfect for labeling cords that are plugged into a power strip because they’re sturdy, have enough room to write on and can easily clip around the plugin end of a cord. Plus, they often come in different colors. You’ll be able to easily identify and move your electrical devices. Surprised to find bread tabs here? Here are more incredible uses for things you normally toss.
Instant drying rack
Concrete form wrapping paper storage
Using a 6-ft. cardboard cement form cut in half, I created two wrapping paper storage containers. I cut the cylinder in half and cut pieces of heavy cardboard for the base of each, attaching them with duct tape. Then I spray painted them to look presentable. — Peter Turner.
Joist space storage
Paper towel roll bag storage
There are many uses for plastic grocery bags in the workshop. You can use them to seal up brushes and rollers during a painting project, so you don’t have to wash so much stuff between coats. The point is, it’s worth keeping a handful of plastic grocery bags on hand in the workshop, and here’s a great tip for storing them: Stuff as many plastic grocery bags as possible into an empty paper towel roll. Then toss the roll in a drawer or cabinet. The cardboard tube keeps the bags contained, and it’s easy to pull one out at a time when you need it.
Pick up a pack of S-hooks at a home center and turn wire shelving into a rack for cleaning gear. And try out these 12 concealed kitchen storage hacks.
Office supply hanger hack
Catalog paint colors
When it comes time to touch up walls that have been marked or scratched, trying to find the correct paint can on the storage shelf is a huge headache. Even if you do manage to find the correct color for a room, the can may so old and rusted that the paint inside is useless. To make shopping for new cans of my existing paint colors easier, I started taking pictures of the labels and uploading them to the cloud, so I can find them later. Then I bring the photo with me to the store, and the associate can whip up a can of the same color using the ID on the label. If you’re getting ready to paint, find out the two paint colors to avoid, according to the Property Brothers.
DIY tiered hangers
Store small extension cords neatly with this simple office supply hack: Attach a paperclip to a small rubber band. Then wrap the rubber band around the bundled cord and clasp the paperclip onto the rubber band again. No more tangled extension cords! Find out even more organizing ideas you’ll wish you knew all along.
Lip balm cash stash
Paper towel boot shaper
Don’t file away the manuals and spare parts that came with your kitchen and bath fixtures. Instead, put them right where you’ll need them, in zip-top bags hung on hooks at the back walls of cabinets.
Store and label fasteners
Move clothes masterfully
To save time packing and unpacking your clothes during a move, simply take a handful of your hanging clothes and wrap the tops of the hangers together using bendable electrical wire. Then throw a garbage bag over them, pulling the tops of the hangers through a hole in the bottom of the bag. Tie the garbage bag handles together to keep your clothes extra clean during transportation. Plus, check out these 9 clever substitutes for everyday kitchen gadgets.
Ironing board storage
Ordinary coat hooks on the back of a closet door keep your ironing board out of the way but close at hand when you need it.
Paint can opener on hand
Add-on clothes rod
Here’s an easy way to add space for hanging clothes (or at least clothes that don’t require a tall space). Hang a second clothes rod from the upper rod with a lightweight chain. Attach the chain to screw eyes directly or use S-hooks or carabiners. Carabiners make adjusting the height of the extra rod a snap. And, try these 30 home improvement hacks – you’ll wish you had known them sooner.