A Great Non-Traditional Organizing Tool

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This is a tool I really like, but it’s not one I commonly use.  And that’s just because it’s not a common item to have in the house.  So what’s the item?  A small tension rod.

The reason I like it is because it’s so easy to use and can transform spaces.  How?  Well you can use them in your pots and pans drawer for lids, in your tupperware drawer to keep lids and containers separate and organized, under your sink to hold spray bottles, as an under the counter paper towel holder, to keep cutting boards organized, and even as a spice rack!  And that’s just ideas for the kitchen!

There are SO many creative ideas out there for all areas of the home.  Type “organize tension rod” into your search engine and then click “images” to see so many different ways to use tensions rods.  Incorporating this one simple item into your home will make your life a little easier, reduce stress and keep those spaces organized… for not a lot of money!  Win win!

So head over to Google and get inspired to get organized today!

Do you love tension rods too?  Or do you think they’re more of a nuisance?  Let me know in the comments below!


Picture credit: CountryCurtains.com

Cutting Clutter

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Today’s guest post is from Morgan with Morganize With Me. I was trying to write a post about decluttering, but Morgan has some great ideas so I figured I’d highlight her blog since I love supporting others in their endeavors.

If you need to know where to start decluttering your life, check out Morgan’s post called 25 Simple Ways to Cut Clutter. Not all of these 25 steps are going to bring instant change, but over the course of the next couple months you’ll definitely see results with less clutter and junk piling up in your home.

So check out the blog post and see what steps you can take in your life to reduce clutter!


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A simple solution for the hard to keep track of items

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Here’s a short and sweet tip – If you have an empty Kleenex box don’t just recycle it; re-purpose it. Cut off the top of the box and use it to store random items that can be hard to keep track of. Not only do you give each item a “home” (which will lead to less clutter) but it’s also more convenient to pick up the entire box full of what you need instead of hunting in various locations and juggling each individual item.


This tip and the picture were sent to me by a reader who uses her Kleenex boxes to store tools for a manicure.
Thank you!

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A simple tip to keep the clutter from taking over

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Today’s tip is pretty simple and straightforward. No steps to take, no instructions to read, no cutting, hanging, sewing, rearranging or even organizing. So do you wanna know what this crazy simple tip is? Just this: One in, one out.

How many different neutral toned cardigans do you need? How many pairs of black boots/heels? How many tennis shoes? How many different shades of pink nail polish? How many different pairs of jeans? Or t-shirts? Or hand towels? Or coffee mugs? Or whatever? Though this tip usually gets applied to closets the concept can really be used in any space where items are stored – for every item you put in, pull an item out and get rid of it. Especially if you already have more than you need.

This tip goes hand in hand with one I posted a few months ago “A Tip that’s Little but Mighty”. If you keep these 2 rules in your head whenever you shop then you’ll always have enough space for everything you own.

If you like this tip leave a comment below letting me know! Or leave your own idea for keeping your closet organized!

A simple DIY for under the kitchen sink

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I thought I’d give you a break from my tips and throw out another guest tip for you all. Here’s another guest post from Kristin at Everyday Organizing.

If you’d like to update the space under the sink in your kitchen, or even if you don’t want to but are curious about what it could look like, then check out Kristin’s blog post “Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink”.

If Kristin’s idea doesn’t work for you, then you can also check out this earlier post from Eating an Elephant about one use for tension rods.

Do you have a great way to organize under your kitchen sink? Share it in the comments below!

Tension rods to the rescue… again!

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Sooooo this is another post about tension rods and cupboards…. Let me give you a moment to roll your eyes and sigh dramatically…. Okay! This post will be short and sweet since I’ve tackled this exact topic a couple of times before (HERE and HERE to be exact).

Take a tension rod and as many “S” hooks as you need, extend the rod in the chosen cupboard from one side to the other and then hang one pot or pan on each “S” hook. So easy to do and so easy to keep your pots and pans organized this way! If you want you can get super organized and keep them arranged from smallest to largest (which, no surprise, is exactly what I would do), or you can just put them back in however you want without worrying about size and order. However you choose to hang them though, there won’t be any more pulling out 5 pots just to get to the biggest one on the bottom.

Hopefully the awesomeness of this idea makes up for the fact that this is yet another post about tension rods and cupboards.

photo cred: freerangestock

Reinvent the wheel

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If you were to google “under the sink storage” so many great ideas would come up. I know. I did it. And they’re all great. Well, a lot of them are great. Others are okay. I’ve used some of the different ideas for some of my clients. This specific idea though, I haven’t tried yet. I didn’t even think about it until I saw it in my search. But I think it’s a great idea and maybe you will too.

Shower caddy’s are most commonly thought of in showers, which makes perfect sense. After all, they are called “shower caddys”. But a shower is not the only place these handy dandy holders can be used, oh no. They can also be used under the sink (Insert favorite Minion moment right here). Yes!

If your vanity comes with a cabinet under the sink that’s the perfect place to put one! Just make sure you find one with a flat bottom (no hooks hanging down) and be sure to push the back of the caddy up against a side wall so you still have room for larger items in the center. You could use just one or put 2 in there across from each other. When you need something under your sink, simply slide the shower caddy out, grab what you need and then slide it back in. No reaching, no straining, no knocking one thing over just to start a domino effect among the rest of the items. Easy in and easy out helps a cabinet stay organized in the craziness of life.

A tip that’s little but mighty

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Here’s a handy little tip I came across that, if you do it, will be an invaluable addition to your current and future lifestyle. Big words, but I very seriously believe them. And it’s going to be simple to type out and simple to read but implementing it could be difficult (for some of you). But like I said before if you do it, if you stick to it and really throw yourself in to it, it will reduce clutter, help you stay organized, relieve some of your daily stress AND help your mind not feel so overwhelmed every single day. At this point how could you not want to do this tip?! Are you ready for it? Here it is: ….Consider your closet (or any space for that matter) full at 80%…. Mind blown. Mic drop.

You may be thinking, “What Jenna? That’s it? What’s that going to do?” Well, if you consider a space full at 80% it’ll do a couple of things. #1 It will ensure you always have room for everything that belongs in there which means you’ll never have overflow. #2 You will not be able to add anything without first removing something. That means you’ll have minor (aka easier) and sporadic “purging sessions” which is extremely beneficial for staying organized and working your way towards being clutter-free.

Like I said, simple to type and simple to read, but following through could be tough, especially if “it’s just one extra item.” Remember one item turns in to “one more” which turns in to “one more” and eventually you’re right back where you started – cluttered and overflowing. Try this with one space in your home and see how much better it is.

**And do yourself a favor, don’t pull one item out just to create clutter in another space. Take a minute or two and address where the item you’re pulling should end up – in the trash, in the donation pile or in a different space. Don’t remove an item just to create more chaos elsewhere in your home.


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