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12 Organization Hacks to Control Family Chaos

Published on: January 18, 2014

Measuring Cup

For good measure

Our measuring spoons are everywhere — even in our toy bins. Get the whole set under control with this idea for organizing cups and spoons by Infarrantly Creative. The base for the hanging hooks is made from old yardsticks! Check out the blog for other DIY ways to use scrap wood: jewelry organization, iPad stands, pallet art, and more.


 Faux built in

Faux built-ins

The look of those pricey custom closets is easier to achieve than you think with this idea for an IKEA hack by I Heart Organizing. An IKEA bookcase propped up vertically and paired with tension rods placed at different levels can adjust along with the kids’ growth spurts.


Cup holder

Cups up!

Cut down on the dish duty with this idea for magnet cups by Dana Made It. A few powerful magnets attached to plastic cups will let the kids reach and use their own water cup without dirtying every cup in the cupboard. 



Tech control

Create a charging station for all of the family’s electronics with an inexpensive plate rack. This organization hack idea by Apartment Therapy will keep devices central in one place so no one is scrambling for a charger. 


 Garden Organizing

Pal-let’s garden!

While winter’s got us cooped up indoors, it’s not too early to get going on a spring gardening plan. This pallet-turned-organization-wall by Our Little Acre helps get your tools in order and off of the ground. We love that it has a spot for everything! 


Magazine Holder

Simple storage

Where can we go out and buy a magazine rack right now? This idea by The Wandmaker’s Mother has got us imagining new uses for our freed-up drawer already. Attach a wire magazine file to the inside of a kitchen cupboard and you’ve got an instant solution for those awkward boxes.


Towel Caddy

Up, up and away!

This idea for storage by Cameron & Co. is a sneaky way to store bulky towels, candles or other bathroom accessories you don’t use often. A simple shelf installed directly over a door maximizes a small bathroom space and adds a designer touch.



Storage bench

We don’t even care that this post is entirely in Norwegian. Google Translator will help us decipher this idea by Bolig Pluss; an inexpensive bookcase is transformed into a storage bench on wheels, making reclaimed wood look custom and chic.


Book Case

Bookworm corner

Oh, the books. They’re in piles, in drawers, in the hamper; they’re half-ripped and overtaking all free storage space. With this idea for recycled wood crates turned into shelving by The Pleated Poppy, books become a decorative element in the playroom instead of an eyesore. Check out the post for painting tips and ideas for stacking them just right.



Modern cubbies

Who knew a quick trip to the home improvement store would yield such a stylish idea. And using PVC pipes, nonetheless! Circle Design Studio via Houzz shares the plan for turning pipes cut 8 inches by 12 inches into circular cubbies for DIY mud room storage. Genius!


Earring Holder

Lost and found

Never lose another earring again with the help of ... a cheese grater? Yes. Simple Little Joys painted a $3 box grater bright green for a simple way to organize jewelry.


Heart Handmade

Craft caddy

An antique wire organizer spruced up with a fresh coat of paint and paired with upcycled cans and jars makes for craft room organization at Heart Handmade. 

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