Simple Organization and Storage Tips |

“Sorry, my place is such a mess!” If you have to take this one off every time you host friends or family at your home, it might be time to get organized. Marla Cilley, also known as FlyLady, calls it CHAOS: Can’t have anyone above Syndrome!

Organization is an important aspect of any home. And we know the rule well: a place for everything and everything in its place. Right? The challenge is to find this place and follow it!

The following is a random selection of tips and tricks that I have received over the years from my dear readers. Undoubtedly, some will have a familiarity ring, while others will have you smacking your palm against your forehead asking, “Why haven’t I thought of that ?!”

Reading to the end might give you an uncontrollable urge to start. You could come up with your own organization and storage tips and tricks, which we hope you share!


Computer cords and charging cables make homes and offices look unsightly. Camouflage the cords by threading them over a length of 1/2 inch PVC pipe that you tied to the wall.


Take a forgotten drainer that’s probably hidden under your kitchen sink and breathe new life into it at the office. Use it to organize paper, pencils, notepads, cards and envelopes. It works great and will save you a few bucks buying a desk organizer.


Obviously, there is no single way to accomplish the matter of keeping earrings organized and not hopelessly orphaned! Here is one more:

Are you still rummaging through your jewelry box in the morning for a matching pair of earrings? Purchase a 28 day pill organizer from a dollar store to organize your earrings. The box is made of clear plastic, so you can easily see all your earrings at a glance.


Once your kitchen cabinets are organized, take photos of every item that goes into each of your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Then print them in thumbnail view, one page per cabinet. Stick each handy reference guide inside the cabinet door, and now your family knows exactly what’s going where. It’s also a quick guide to finding what you’ve stored in deep or low cabinets.


An old golf bag makes a great caddy for all those long-handled tools in your garage or garden shed. It looks cool too.


For things you would hate to lose in a fire or tornado but don’t fit in a safe, follow these steps: put them in freezer bags and store them in the freezer. Chances are they will survive a disaster fairly well.


If your storage space is limited and you need to stack several boxes on top of each other, make a diagram on an index card and keep it in a convenient place. When you are looking for something, you will know exactly where it is. Store items you are more likely to use often in the front, with less frequently used items in the back.


Tangled and unorganized cords can quickly clutter your space. Use an empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls to store the cords of the appliance. This keeps them clean and you can write the device or item to which it belongs on the roll.


To keep your possessions from overtaking your life and space, declare a new personal saying: For every new thing that happens, something old must come out. You must obey the law. It’s going to work. In fact, there will be times when you really want to bring home something new, but the thought of getting rid of something of equal size or value will help you distinguish between a real need and a want. passenger.


Use a terracotta flowerpot (very inexpensive in the garden section) to store all your kitchen utensils under the sink. Terracotta absorbs moisture, which will help keep your tools dry and rust-free.


Buy milk from Costco and recycle the box they come in, which is perfect for storing 8 by 11 documents and magazines. These sturdy boxes are easy to manage because they are smaller and hold less than boxes. classic storage.

Mary invites you to visit her at, where this column is archived with links and resources for all recommended products and services. Mary invites questions and comments to, “Ask Mary.” Tips may be subject to This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of, a frugal living blog, and the author of the book “Debt-Proof Living”.


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