10 Clever Real-Life Organizing Ideas I Wish I’d Known About Years Ago
There’s a difference between performative arranging and problem-centric organizing solutions. The former is what you’d call “Pinterest bait” or “org porn.” It’s a pantry where every breathably-spaced vial of nuts has its own hand-calligraphed label drawn on with a metallic sheen.
But sometimes, in some small apartments, you just need to cram five pounds of stuff onto a two-inch bathroom shelf in a way that won’t make you perpetually 25 minutes late for everything, forever, until the end of time. Those kinds of solutions aren’t always worthy of a magazine spread, but they can still make you say: Brilliant. I’m going to steal that.
Here are some favorite organizing ideas I’ve spotted in Apartment Therapy tours:
A closet organizer makes a great cord and charger station
A pegboard turns “stuff” into “art”
Under-bed boxes work under a sofa, too
Clothespins let you pack a ton of stuff into your freezer without forgetting about it
Command hooks can step in as a pot lid organizer
The only thing better than a basket on a shelf is a basket hanging from a shelf
This over the door thing is great but look at the vaccum attachment inside the closet
Cable boxes are great for cord organization, and extra great when you wall-mount them
Add a narrow divider for cutlery above the stove
Store your plastic bins… sideways
Okay this might be the simplest idea of all, but it also seems the most genius to me. Bins so naturally want to be stacked, but leaning and filing them vertically like this makes better use of the space and allows you to grab the bin you need without toppling the stack or having to lug several bins down at once. Yes, it’s another great idea from Vaishali Sahni‘s Toronto apartment tour.
This post was originally published on Apartment Therapy. Read it there: 10 Clever Real-Life Organizing Ideas You’ll Wish You Started Using Earlier