50 Organizing Hacks That Will Improve Your Life

Organizing is a passion of mine and is something that I think can help everyone tremendously, which is why you will see me talking about it often on MrsJanuary.com. I think it’s important to live an organized life, because being organized is one of the best ways to save money – and I’m sure we can all agree that saving money is a good thing!

Below you will find 50 organizing hacks that can help you keep it all together.

Oraganizing Hacks for Your Life

Around the home:


1. Use an over-the-door shoe rack to organize smaller items in your pantry.
2. Store taper candles in empty paper towel rolls.
3. Use storage ottomans to house throw blankets and extra pillows.
4. Use bread tags to organize cords.
5. Use an old tool caddy to corral art or cleaning supplies.
6. Create a snack bin so that there are always snacks available when hunger strikes.
7. Use an ice cube tray to store small jewellery, such as rings and earrings.
8. Use plastic zip-top bags for organizing smaller items around your home.
9. Take advantage of unused space under your bed and use under-bed storage containers to store extra blankets and pillows.
10. Use wicker baskets for organizing just about anything. They look nicer than plastic and often last longer, too.
11. Lazy Suzan‘s are your best friend. Use them everywhere.
12. Use tension rods in cupboards to organize cutting boards and baking sheets.
13. Store sheet sets inside corresponding pillowcases.
14. Use clear storage containers for organizing, so you can see exactly what is inside.
15. Rotate toys every few months to avoid toy overload.
16. Keep all soccer balls, basketballs, etc. in a large mesh bag.
17. Attach wheels to old drawers and use them as under-bed storage.
18. Use a plastic storage bin with holes to organize ribbon.
19. If you bake more than you cook, use a spice rack for sprinkles instead of spices.
20. Use a cork board to hang necklaces and bracelets.
21. Save space by storing your wrapping paper rolls on the ceiling.
22. Attach a magazine holder onto the inside of your bathroom cabinet door to store your curling iron, hair dryer and/or flat iron.
23. Screw a jar lid to the bottom of a shelf and organize desk supplies off of your work space.
24. Use a serving tray to add additional storage for drinking glasses to your cupboard.
25. Use old baking pans to group like items together in your pantry (we keep oils & vinegars in ours).
26. Use a travel soap box to store card games.
27. Turn a dish drainer into a file holder.
28. Add a tension rod to the inside of one of your cabinets to hang spray bottles for cleaning.
29. Organize your cupcake liners in a spaghetti jar.
30. Instead of folding, roll your bath towels so that you can fit more of them in your linen closet.

Reuse for another purpose:


31. Reuse egg cartons to organize small items.
32. Reuse glass jars for art supplies and pantry items.
33. Reuse cereal boxes for magazine storage.
34. Reuse cleaning wipe containers to hold plastic grocery bags.
35. Reuse baby food jars to store spices.
36. Reuse an old Tic Tac box to store bobby pins.
37. Reuse pop can boxes to store soup cans.
38. Make lined canvas bins from old diaper boxes.

Everything else:


39. Organize keys according to colour with key tags (or paint with nailpolish).
40. Use Pinterest to organize your recipes and eliminate cookbook clutter.
41. Purchase inexpensive organizing tools at the dollar store (most are decent quality).
42. Plan weekly or monthly menus to save time and money at the grocery store.
43. Keep a dry-erase board on your refrigerator to write down groceries you need to pick up the next time you go shopping.
44. Use shoe boxes to store sentimental items.
45. Hang your clothes hangers backwards and as you wear items and put them back, put them on the right way. In 6 months, donate anything that is still on the backwards hangers.
46. Turn wire hangers into flip flop hangers.
47. Set up a donation station and donate the contents when you’ve run out of room.
48. Scan or take photos of your child’s artwork to prevent paper clutter.
49. Use a cereal container as a trash bin for your vehicle.
50. Organize batteries using a fish tackle box.

Do you have any organizing hacks you can share? I’d really love it if you posted yours in the comments!

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Posted on, May 27, 2014
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Comments
  1. Tania says:

    Aleasha, I have a freezer list too!! It’s so great!! The only thing I don’t like about it is when my brother comes over, he uses it so see what he can take from my freezer!!! Ahh brothers!! :-) LOL

  2. trini1313 says:

    The LCBO used to have cardboard 8 pack dividers for buying single cans/bottles – I use this in my cupboard for soy sauce/oil/cooking spray/etc. Makes these most used items accessible, but easily get at the items behind.

  3. Erin Whitelaw says:

    I absolutely love the hangers for your flip flops & ballet flats! I too have an obsession with flip flops and this idea looks quite easy and so nicely organized once complete. I am totally going to do this!

  4. Katie says:

    I use the over the door shoe organizer for all my tights and leggings, works wonderfully :D (I definitely have far more than I would ever need…!)

  5. Mrs January says:

    FrugalMeFrugalYou: You can use them for spices, for dishes, cleaning supplies, craft supplies.. so many different spots!

  6. Wow…what an informative post! Thanks so much for all your research! I learned a few new tips already. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

    ~Kim

  7. teachermum says:

    My favourite thing is empty tissue boxes to store plastic bags. Royale are a bit easier as they have a larger rectangular opening but any work. Pull out the plastic. Flatten a standard plastic bag well, fold in thirds, fold the handles down then fold in half and it fits right in. It is amazing how many you can jam into a box! I have one for regular, one for small (handy to have for some things), and one for large. They all stack in a very small place on a shelf with Sharpie names written on the end. When I get too many they are easy to donate to the foodbank, give to a friend with dogs, etc.

  8. Marianne says:

    Great ideas! I’m going to try to store plastic bags in old baby wipe containers!!

  9. sami says:

    . Use a cereal container as a car trash can.
    Now I hope people glue this as bouncing around trash car can are not cool and makes look car messy. I am just one of those neat freaks.

  10. Sameera says:

    Just couple of days ago, I cut the top of a kleenex box and put my lotion, suncreen bottle and a vaseline bottle in it. I left the reminder of the space to put my hubby’s watch and wallet. I placed it neatly on the table close to the door, so that if anyone needs any thing before leaving the house they can apply it right there and not have to walk all the way to the bedroom. I have been using # 35 for 5 yrs now…. hehehe. Oh also I use strawberries plastic box to keep my threads in it.

  11. Lynne says:

    My grandfather did #23 in his work room to hold screws and nails. Kept them off his work bench, but in plain site so they could easily be found, and you know when they need to be refilled. I have been saving them to do the same thing. I already do a lot of these, but got some fresh ideas and reminders of some I planned on doing, but forgot about.

  12. Charlene says:

    The over-the-door shoe rack is also great for organizing your gardening tools in your shed:)

  13. Laura Witt says:

    I was on Pinterest looking for an idea and imagine my surprise when I saw the top photo of the shoe organizer…. Because I took that photo of my pantry for an hgtv article. I’m glad you liked the idea but would have loved the credit for the photo. Thanks!

    • Cassie Howard says:

      Hi, Laura. I’m so sorry that there is no link to your website (I could not find the image source when I posted this). Could you please leave your link so I can give proper credit.

  14. Catherine says:

    Just to let you know, #6 link is no longer working (page not found)

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