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Hasty Hacks – Whether you have the time or not

The social media stratosphere is riddled with organizing tips and tricks: some laughably laborious, others life-changing in their innovation. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites.

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he social media stratosphere is riddled with organizing tips and tricks: some laughably laborious, others life-changing in their innovation. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites.

Kitchen Quirks

> Install a ziplock organizer in your fridge/ freezer to keep track of all those miscellaneous bags.

> Minimize dead space in your fridge with an under-shelf wire basket.

> Wire baskets are also great for organizing items in your freezer: frozen veggies, raw chicken and fish, and other foods that don’t stack easily.

> Roll your grocery bags up small and then store them in a Lysol wipes container. They’ll take up minimal space and pull out easily!

Store cupcake liners in a cylindrical cookie jar or Mason jar.

Toys and Other Kiddie Items

> For storing things in boxes or bins, like toys or shoes, take a photo of the item within and attach to the outside so that kids who can’t read yet can recognize where each item belongs.

> To organize kids’ games:

1. Take everything out and discard broken games or those that are missing integral pieces. Transfer board games to mesh zipper bags (see image), and small games and cards to plastic photo boxes.

2. Tape the game title or image to the bag container.

3. File the game bags in storage bins and label/attach the image to the outer bin.

Bathroom and Linen Closet

> Create your own DIY lightweight open shelving in the bathroom using sturdy, rectangular baskets (wicker is nice!) from the Dollar Store with just a little screwing of the back of the basket to the wall. Perfect for rolled hand towels.

> Use a cutlery tray as a toothbrush holder.

> Fold your sheets and pillowcases and slip them into the matching pillowcase.

Whether you’re handy or not, these tried-and-true concepts are here to inspire you in ways to simplify and organize your homes. With so much tra­ffic and different personalities within each home, something tells us we can use all the help we can collectively get!

(Originally featured in Family Room, Issue 008)

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