Old receipts littered at the bottom of your handbag. Unmatched socks piling up on the top of your dresser, still hopeful of reuniting with their ‘solemates’. And how can we forget the notoriously chaotic linen closets? Clutter has a sneaky way of creeping into our lives. If left unchecked, it can easily take a toll on our health, productivity, and peace of mind.
Try these ten clever (and totally doable) DIY hacks to kick clutter to the curb this instant:
- To Corral Paper Clutter: Cut up three or four empty cereal boxes and connect them to create a handy mail organizer. Use each section for outgoing mail, bills, important stuff and coupons/fliers, respectively. You can also use it as a desktop organizer. Use an empty tin can or a glass jar to keep all the receipts in one place. You can store them by month or by category (food, entertainment, miscellaneous, etc.). To make it aesthetically pleasing, decorate the jar with some Washi tape or spray paint.
- To Organize Your Car: Make this DIY no-sew pouch to store all your travel essentials like first-aid items, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, etc. Use an empty gum container for storing loose change. If your car doesn’t have a trash can already, make one yourself with an empty cereal box and a grocery bag. Seriously, that’s all you need! Check it out here.
- To Organize Your Kitchen: Blogger Toni Hammersley suggests organizing your pantry staples in see-through, pull-out baskets or storage bins to make it easier to see what you have and what you need. Store spices and seasonings in small stackable tins or mason jars for easier access and better storage. Label them to avoid confusion. (If you’re storing them in a drawer, paste the labels on the lids. Or, put the label on the sides of the jars in case you’re storing them in a rack). Instead of stashing plastic bags in a kitchen drawer or the under the sink cabinet, use an empty tissue box to make a quick DIY garbage bag/grocery bag dispenser.
- To Organize Your Linen Closet: Use dollar store baskets or clear plastic containers to organize your linen closet so that you don’t have to pillage the rest of the closet every time you need a clean towel. Also, before storing bedsheets, stash each set inside a matching pillowcase so that the whole bedding set remains in one place.
- To Tame Tangled Cords: Keep those power cables and cords from becoming a ball of wire spaghetti using old bread tags. Also, store USB cables in these easy-to-make TP tube holders to keep them organized and untangled.
- To Organize Office Supplies: Make your desk easier to work by repurposing an ice tray or a muffin tin as a desk drawer organizer. It’s a great storage solution for small office supplies (like paper clips, thumb tacks, rubber bands etc.) that can add to work desk clutter.
- To Organize Your Handbag: Put bobby pins in a used Tic Tac container and wrap hair ties around it so that you don’t have to rummage around your bag every time you need something to hold your hair in place. Keep all your gift cards, coupons, business cards etc. in a mint tin. And if you carry your headphones and smartphone charger with you, wrap them with binder clips to keep them from getting tangled.
- To Organize Remote Controls: Tired of digging through sofa cushions every time you need the remote? Make this DIY caddy so that you never lose it again. You can also keep things like eyeglass cases, magazines, newspaper, etc in it.
- To Organize Outdoor Tools: And while we are talking about putting all your stuff in order, how can we forget about garage and garden tools? Repurpose old pallets to organize all your outdoor tools in minimum space. You can check out the DIY tutorial here.
- Multi-Purpose Shopping Bag Organizer: If you are like me, you probably keep all the pretty shopping bags stacked somewhere in your cupboard. Turns out, those cutesy bags can also be used as inexpensive organizers. They can be used to store everything from files and scarves to grocery bags and gift wrapping supplies. Just hang them on your wall and you’re good to go!
Now, put on your creative hat and get started with these DIY ideas that’ll make your life so much easier!