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10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objects

Put those vintage books and bakeware trays to good use.
10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objects

Organizing ideas

Polaroid pictures

Using boxes to stash belts, scarves and other loose accessories is a great way to keep your closet organized. But how do you know what is stashed where? Take a Polaroid of each of the boxes’ contents and stick it on the outside. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Bakeware

Use bakeware to sort and stash mail, cellphones and keys. Smaller trays — like those you’d use for cupcakes — are great for stamps and loose change, whereas bigger brioche tins can hold larger items. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Hanging shoe racks

Upgrade your broom closet by hanging a plastic shoe holder on the inside of the door and filling it with your most-used cleaning products. It’ll be easy to spot what you’re looking for — and might even inspire an impromptu clean. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Canadian Tire.

Crates

Store your shoes high off of the ground to maintain a clutter-free entryway by hanging wine boxes and wooden crates on the wall. Paint them to suit your decor style.  

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objects

Vintage suitcases

These make for great decorative, hidden storage in living rooms, entryways or bedrooms. Get crafty and paint them all one colour — or keep them as is. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.
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Tea cups

If you’ve ever fallen victim to lost earrings and tangled necklaces — who hasn’t? — use teacups and saucers to hold individual pieces of jewelry in your dresser. Line your drawer with a textured fabric, like velvet, to prevent the porcelain from rattling. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Easels

Get creative with your TV by propping it on an artist’s easel. It tucks neatly into a corner, and you can guide the cables down behind the posts, rendering them completely invisible. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Restoration Hardware.

Vintage book covers

Hide unsightly tech — like your internet router — inside a pretty vintage book cover. Scout out garage sales and flea markets for dusty books, remove the pages and voilà — a utilitarian object is transformed into a cool display. As seen on Ana Maria Munoz

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Ana Maria Munoz.
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Mailboxes

A wall-mounted mailbox makes an easy catch-all for coats, hats and scarves (as well as mail). Hang signed school slips and other reminders on the box with the help of some trusty magnets. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Tool boxes

Modular plastic tool boxes are great for grouping and organizing all sorts of household items. Cleaning products and craft supplies are all easily within reach. 

10 genius ways to get organized using everyday objectsPhoto, Design Within Reach.

Related:
The Marie Kondo organizing tips we still swear by
8 quick ways to clear the clutter in your home
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