If you notice that food is getting old, put it here. That way, 1) you know what’s about to go bad instantly, 2) the food actually gets eaten, 3) you can start to figure out what (if anything) you tend to overbuy. From here.
5. Divide up your drawers with mesh organizers from the office supply store to make sure every utensil has a spot.
Labels are optional, but they can be very helpful! You will lose a little bit of storage space this way (much like you would with more expensive pull-out cabinet organizers), but depending on your set up, you could be taking better advantage of the space you’re using.
7. Stock your fridge with bins, baskets, and maybe a lazy susan or two.
You don’t have to go all-out with the bins, but having one designated for, say, condiments (because let’s be real, your full condiment collection is NOT going to fit in your fridge doors), another for beers, etc, can make it easy to find what you need. And it can help you spot spoiling food so quickly.
Lazy susans are great too, although you do lose a small amount of space on the sides (I use one in my fridge for my jellies and nut butters). Read more about how this fridge is organized here.
8. Cover empty 12-pack soda boxes in pretty paper, then use them to organize your canned soups and fruit.
It will look neat, let your bottles and sponges last longer without growing mildew (because they’ll dry out better), and stop that avalanche of bottles when you have shampoo in your eyes. If you rent, you can substitute a heavy-duty bathroom removable hook, like this one that holds 7.5 pounds for $5.78. From here.
14. If you share a bathroom with several people, assigned plastic drawers can give everyone their own space.
I do this and for the past year my drawers have stayed perfectly, impeccably organized. Read more about the KonMari method here, and learn exactly how Mari Kondo folds her socks (from Kondo herself!) here.
23. Cut dollar store pool noodles into quarters to keep your boots upright in the floor of your closet.
Sometimes classic, simple organizing solutions are the easiest. If you don’t have built-in storage wherever you need to keep your holiday decor and out-of-season clothes, buy some — shelves like this can start at $24.95.
40. Color code your circuit breaker box so you don’t have to hunt for the right switch when the breaker flips.
This tutorial shows you how to do it with paint chips (so you get the prettier colors), but you could also just use sticky color coding dots like these, $14.99 for 38 colors. It might also be helpful to velcro a flashlight to the side of the fuse box, in case all your power goes out.
41. Turn an old pallet on its end to instantly organize everything in your garage.