5 Household Items that Double as Organizers

By Melody Mesick

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I am the queen of trying to find second lives for everyday items. When I can repurpose, reuse, recycle, or revive something, I feel like a secret agent that just discovered the kidnapper’s location. Here are 5 items that I personally have repurposed as organizing helpers. The best part? Most people already have ALL FIVE of these in their home. Do you do any of these? Tell us below!!

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1. Rubberbands - Those dresses or shirts that just won’t stay on the hanger… They’re constantly falling to their death and end up wrinkled in a ball on the floor of your closet. It drives me crazy!! It’s all because of those slippery hangers.

Sure, you could run out to the store and buy a bunch of non-slip velvet hangers (which are pretty amazing), but if you need an instant fix, add some rubber bands to either side, and you’ve created your very own DIY non-slip hanger.

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2. Extra Pans – I have a whole bunch of pans that I don’t use unless it’s holiday season and I’m feeling all Martha Stewarty. So on the off season, I use my extra loaf pan for grouping small kitchen items together in the pantry. It’s a great way to store them, and I just empty out the contents when I need to use it.

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3. Checks Boxes – Whenever I order a new pack of checks, I can’t wait until they arrive! Not because I care to have checks, but because I love the boxes they come in! I know, I know, it’s kind of nerdy to get excited about boxes, but I simply love their organizing capabilities. Take off the lid, flip it over, and you’ve got a handy dandy drawer divider to catch small items like paperclips, pens or post-its.

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4. Coffee Beans - Using coffee beans in a vase or glass is a great way to keep those makeup brushes from falling over and getting dirty. So run over to your kitchen, grab your tools and get those brushes spick-and-span!

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5. Binder Clips - I think I’ve probably spend 1 million hours of my life fishing my phone charger off the ground. Ok, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I’m so glad I figured out that binder clips are a quick fix for keeping them conveniently at your finger tips.

find your keys faster


here’s a quick tip i picked up from my friend nicole. when you’re looking through your purse in an attempt to find your keys; try and sport a purse with a light interior. a purse with a dark or black interior tends to “hide” keys while a purse with a white interior will help spotlight keys and other hard to find items.

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Bneato Organizing Boot Camp Giveaway


This week, we’re giving away one free pass to Bneato Organizing Boot Camp. All you have to do is leave us a comment telling us what your biggest challenge is when it comes to organizing paperwork (we’ll post a handful with our solutions in the coming week). Please make sure you’ll be able to attend (this Saturday, November 21st from 2:30-4:00 in Echo Park, CA). Don’t forget to check back this Friday, November 20th when one winner will be drawn at random.

friday the 13th and throwing organizing tips in the trash…

what the hey?! is it friday the 13th and april fools day? why would we want to throw organizing tips in the trash?! unfortunately, not all organizing tips are created equal. tossing out items if you haven’t used them in a year might not apply to your situation. organizing is not “one size fits all” and neither are the tips. we were reminded of this when we read a recent blog post over on Woman’s Day. Diane Oatis gives us 8 Organizing Tips that we should forget about. Our fav’s are;

  • a label doesn’t have to be made by the computer (or a label maker for that matter). if making the perfect label is getting in the way of you getting organized–fugetaboutit! grab the nearest sharpie and get to work.
  • reuse food containers instead of buying the “perfect container”
  • if you haven’t used it in x amount of months, toss it. while this works for some folks, it doesn’t work for everyone. i have the space to store my muffin tin but i may not use it every year (and i certainly don’t want to buy a new one if the urge strikes to make cupcakes).

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