25 Totally Clever Organization Tips and Tricks for the New Year


It’s a new year and a new you, starting with organizing every nook and cranny of your home. Okay, that may seem way too overwhelming and daunting, but with these tips and tricks it will feel like a breeze. Use a carabiner to keep your hair ties in one place, and PVC pipe to store ties, belts, and scarves. Check out the many other totally clever ideas…

  • Carabiner for Hair Ties 1 of 25
    Carabiner for Hair Ties
    Keep hair ties in one place by hooking them on a carabiner.
    Find out more at Hippie Hugger.
  • Shower Hooks for Necklaces 2 of 25
    Shower Hooks for Necklaces
    Necklaces stay nicely organized when they're set on shower hooks.
    Spotted at Full Measure of Happiness.
  • Casserole Servers for Spices 3 of 25
    Casserole Servers for Spices
    Use vintage casserole servers as a way to organize all your spices.
    Find out more at Mod Vintage Life.
  • PVC for Belts 4 of 25
    PVC for Belts
    Keep your belts organized by placing them inside cut circles of PVC pipe. You can also use it to organize ties and scarves.
    Spotted at Buzzfeed.
  • Sweater Shelf for Papers 5 of 25
    Sweater Shelf for Papers
    Free up a filing cabinet by using a closet sweater shelf to store important papers.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Ornament Organization 6 of 25
    Ornament Organization
    Organize your ornaments in egg cartons so they are nice and safe for next year.
    Find out more at Ask Anna Moseley.
  • Paint Cans for Supplies 7 of 25
    Paint Cans for Supplies
    Store office supplies in designated paint cans.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Bread Tag Cord Organizer 8 of 25
    Bread Tag Cord Organizer
    Hold onto bread tags because they work great for organizing your cords.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Tension Rod for Under the Sink 9 of 25
    Tension Rod for Under the Sink
    Hang a tension rod under the sink and use it to hang cleaning supplies from.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Shoe Racks for Soup 10 of 25
    Shoe Racks for Soup
    Use closet shoe racks as a way to store soup and keep them from tumbling out.
    Find out more at Family Handyman.
  • Bobby Pins and Tic Tacs 11 of 25
    Bobby Pins and Tic Tacs
    Keep bobby pins in one place by storing them in Tic Tac containers.
    Find out more at Simply Frugal.
  • Shower Curtain Rings for Scarves 12 of 25
    Shower Curtain Rings for Scarves
    Use ribbon to tie shower rings together as a way to store scarves or tights.
    Spotted at Jae Bellz.
  • Serving Tray Divider 13 of 25
    Serving Tray Divider
    Add more storage space and keep cups together by using a serving tray as a divider.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Lids for Knick-Knacks 14 of 25
    Lids for Knick-Knacks
    Use candle jar lids to store small knick-knacks like paper clips.
    Find out more at Sew Many Ways.
  • PVC Pipe for Shoes 15 of 25
    PVC Pipe for Shoes
    Keep your shoes organized by cutting pieces of PVC pipe and stacking them together.
    Find out more at Cookie Loves Milk.
  • Linens in a Pillowcase 16 of 25
    Linens in a Pillowcase
    Keep sheets and pillowcases together by folding them and placing them inside the matching pillowcase.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Screen Door for Pots 17 of 25
    Screen Door for Pots
    Organize your pots by hanging them on a screen door.
    Check it out at Apartment Therapy.
  • Upside-down Stool for Gift Wrap 18 of 25
    Upside-down Stool for Gift Wrap
    Take all your gift wrap, bags, and tissue paper, and store it in an upside-down stool.
    Find out more at 2 Little Hooligans.
  • Make-up and Magnets 19 of 25
    Make-up and Magnets
    Organize your makeup by making it easy to see on a magnet board.
    Find out more at Laura Thoughts.
  • CD Racks & Tupperware 20 of 25
    CD Racks & Tupperware
    Place your tupperware in CD racks.
    Check it out at Better Homes and Gardens.
  • Drawer Pulls for Chalk 21 of 25
    Drawer Pulls for Chalk
    Screw drawer pulls into the wall for a place to store chalk.
    Find out more at Dimples and Tangles.
  • Toilet Paper Rolls for Pens 22 of 25
    Toilet Paper Rolls for Pens
    Keep your pens, pencils, and markers organized by making toilet paper roll dividers.
    Spotted at Unconsumption
  • Craft Organization on a Crib 23 of 25
    Craft Organization on a Crib
    Organize your craft supplies on a crib rail.
    Find out more at Crafty Nest.
  • Kleenex Box for Grocery Bags 24 of 25
    Kleenex Box for Grocery Bags
    Store grocery bags in a kleenex box instead of having them scattered about the house.
    Spotted at MSN.
  • Ice Cube Trays for Earrings 25 of 25
    Ice Cube Trays for Earrings
    Separate earrings in ice cube trays.
    Spotted at Heavenly Pins.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), and follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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