10 surprising home organization hacks you can make with items you already have

Meaghan Wray
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OK, we get — organization might not be top of mind right now. Your kids are attending school from home, your partner needs attention and the last thing on your mind is keeping your kitchen cabinets tidy. But what if we told you could get things done a little more easily with the help of items you probably already have at home?

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There are simple ways you can D.I.Y. some every day household items to improve your quality of life and organizational habits. Everything from standard tension rods to shower curtain hooks and spice racks can be used in unorthodox ways, like for organizing cleaning supplies and accessories, for example.

Make staying clean and tidy enjoyable with these easy hacks — and never misplace a belt or hair spray bottle ever again.

Custom Pantry Labels

Custom pantry labels (Photo via Etsy)
Custom pantry labels (Photo via Etsy)

This may seem like a small thing, but trust us when we say it will change your life — especially if you’re getting sick of opening your pantry and seeing a mess. This Etsy store, TaraMichelleHome, makes custom labels for your pantry items that we guarantee will inspire you to keep things tidy.

SHOP IT: Etsy, $2-$45

File Organizers

FLYT Magazine File (Photo via IKEA)
FLYT Magazine File (Photo via IKEA)

These may be advertised as magazine and file organizers, but they can do so much more. Throw these in your kitchen cabinet to keep items like tin foil and cling wrap organized. You can even stick them to the inside of a door to save even more space.

SHOP IT: Ikea, $4

Picture Ledge

Halcent Picture Ledge Shelf (Photo via Amazon)
Halcent Picture Ledge Shelf (Photo via Amazon)

One person’s photo ledge is another person’s cosmetics organizer. Put these up in your bathroom to organize your daily skincare routine or nail polish collection.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $37

Wine Rack

Urban Deco Freestanding Wine Rack (Photo via Amazon)
Urban Deco Freestanding Wine Rack (Photo via Amazon)

Use a normal, every day wine rack to keep your hair products — like hair spray or back-up shampoo — organized and not rolling around in your cabinets.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $38

Utensil Holder

Madesmart Utensil Holder (Photo via Amazon)
Madesmart Utensil Holder (Photo via Amazon)

Keep your makeup organized with an affordable utensil holder. The compartments are perfect for keeping your lipsticks separate from your eyeliners.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Paper Towel Holder

Stainless Steel Paper Towel Holder (Photo via Wayfair)
Stainless Steel Paper Towel Holder (Photo via Wayfair)

Instead of using this for your paper towel and napkins, keep your watches and chunky bracelets organized.

SHOP IT: Wayfair, $32

Ice Cube Tray

VicTsing Ice Cub Trays (Photo via Amazon)
VicTsing Ice Cub Trays (Photo via Amazon)

A simple ice cube tray is the perfect place to keep your earrings and small necklaces organized — but not in your freezer, of course!

SHOP IT: Amazon, $17

Spice Rack

DEFWAY Revolving Spice Rack (Photo via Amazon)
DEFWAY Revolving Spice Rack (Photo via Amazon)

Going nuts over keeping your nuts and bolts in one place? Try organizing them by type in a spice rack.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $43

Shower Curtain Rings

Top-Spring Shower Curtain Hooks (Photo via Amazon)
Top-Spring Shower Curtain Hooks (Photo via Amazon)

These handy home tools can be used for so many things, like organizing scarves and belts. Attach a bunch to a hanger to keep your accessories streamlined.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $10

Tension Rod

AmazonBasics Tension Rod (Photo via Amazon)
AmazonBasics Tension Rod (Photo via Amazon)

Use a classic tension rod under your kitchen sink to hang all your cleaning spray bottles, and free up room for other items.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $51

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