6 Organizing Tricks to Restore Your Sanity

Simple strategies to keep your home (and everything in it) a little tidier.


Hair Elastic as Bouquet Holder

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Create an artful arrangement sans floral foam. Simply wrap a clear hair band around the stems, then let the flowers fall naturally. Particularly helpful for filling out wide-mouth vases.


Picture Frame as Dry-Erase Board

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Because your household to-do list shouldn't look like it belongs in a conference room. Frame a piece of wallpaper or fabric, then jot notes on the glass with a dry-erase marker. Pretty and practical.


Tights as Gift-Wrap Storage

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To prevent leftover wrapping paper from denting, ripping, or unraveling before the next celebration, slide a cut leg of old tights over the roll.


Nail Polish as Key Coder

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Tired of fumbling at the front door? ID each key with its very own shade of nail polish so that you can grab the right one in a flash.


Shoe Boxes as Drawer Dividers

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Cut shoe boxes in half, along the length or width, and fill the resulting compartments with folded underwear, socks, or stacked bras.


File Sorter as Cupboard Organizer

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Save space (and put a stop to cabinet avalanches) by storing cookie sheets, cutting boards, and pot lids in this desk accessory.