Whether in your home office or under the sink, magnets can organize every corner of your home.

By Real Simple
Updated January 09, 2018

From wrangling power cords to holding up slipping trash can liners, the unassuming magnet is a force to be reckoned with. Use a magnetic strip to make the ultimate deskside organizer, or stash one in your under-sink cabinet to hold garbage liners and conveniently-placed hand wipes. With these magnet hacks at work around your house, your day just got a little bit easier.

Under-the-Sink Organizer

Attach a magnetic strip (we used this one from the Container Store) to the inside of your under-sink cabinet. Place two extra-strong magnets a few inches apart on the strip. Hold a cardboard box of trash can liners up to the magnets, then add two more magnets to the inside of the box so that the back of the box is sandwiched in between the magnet pairs. If the magnets aren’t strong enough to hold the box, add a third set. Add two magnetic clips to hold a small pack of hand-sanitizing wipes.

Trash Can Trick

A classic New Uses for Old Things, this tip stands the test of time. To stop a trash can liner from slipping to the bottom of a metal wastebasket, add a few magnets around the top of the can. If you have a mesh wastebasket, sandwich the liner between pairs of magnets.

Magnetic Cord Wrangler

To make a case for phone chargers, remove the label from a plastic mint container, then spray-paint it. Glue a magnet onto the back and let dry.

To make a cord wrap, cut a 1-by-4-inch strip of leather (adjust the size to fit your cord), and add small pieces of Velcro to both sides. Secure the wrap around the cord, then glue a magnet onto the back of the wrap and let dry.

Attach a magnetic strip to the side of your desk, then use the DIY cord case and wrap to store cords within reach. Add a magnetic clip to hold up power cords, so they won’t slip behind your desk.