80 of the Best Space-Saving and Cleaning Tips
Get your home sparkling clean and completely organized with these creative tips for organizing your home. You'll be amazed with the results.
It’s easy to clean baked-on food and spills from your microwave Here’s how: Partially fill a measuring or coffee cup with water and add a slice of lemon. Boil the water for a minute, and then leave the door closed and let the steam loosen the mess. After 10 minutes, open the door and wipe away the grime. Plus: Best Household Cleaning Supplies & Products.
Bathroom Shelving Unit
In a small bathroom, every single square inch counts. These space-saving shelves make the most of wall space by going vertical. All you need is a 6-ft. 1×4, a 6-ft. 1×6 and a 6-ft. 1×8. Find out how to build it.
Spice Shelf Inside Cabinet
This in-cabinet spice shelf puts small containers at eye level and still leaves room in the cabinet for tall items. See how to build a spice shelf inside a cabinet.
Cabinet Door Message Board
A sheet of metal and a dry-erase board can turn any cabinet door into a convenient message center. Learn how to make a message board inside a cabinet.
Cutting Board Rack
You can make this nifty, inexpensive rack and mount it inside a cabinet door to stash your cutting board out of sight. It goes together in a snap. Check out how to get it done.
Magnetic Office Supplies Holder
Organize your small office supplies in this great-looking holder. Here’s a perfect way to organize all those paper clips, rubber bands and pushpins. All it takes is a magnetic knife/tool holder strip, small jars with lids and a few fender washers. Check out the complete plans for a magnetic office supplies holder.
Tie, Scarf and Belt Organizer
Customize this organizer to suit your accessories. Clean up a messy closet by hanging your ties, belts and scarves on our 3-in-1 closet organizer! Find out how to clean up your closet with this organizer.
Skinny Laundry Room Cart
A lot of laundry rooms have a narrow wasted space either next to or between the washing machine and dryer, and it’s usually a hideout for socks and lint. To take advantage of this space, build a simple plywood laundry room cart on fixed casters to hold detergents and other laundry supplies. Get more easy organizing ideas.
Above Door Shelf
The space above a doorway is an overlooked storage bonanza! It’s the perfect spot for towels, blankets or a small suitcase. Consider adding a shelf or cubby over the doorway, as long as it’s okay with your dorm’s management. Plus: Build a Shoe Organizer
Remove Pet Hair with Duct Tape
That’s right. We’ve found another use for duct tape—cleaning. The stickiness of duct tape makes it perfect for a makeshift pet hair remover and this method is faster than vacuuming. It also works on seats in vehicles. A sponge or cloth wrapped with duct tape works great for getting into corners. Wrap duct tape around a paint roller cover, sticky side out. Roll the paint cover over furniture or carpet to pick up the pet hair. Add more tape as the surface gets full of hair. Once you’re done removing hair, learn how to clean a microfiber couch here. Plus: Kitchen Cleaning Checklist: 11 Tips for a Clean Kitchen
Turn-of-the-Century Office Supply Holder
It’s easy to find stuff stored in jars. Screw hose clamps to a board and mount it on the wall in your home office. Secure mason jars in the hose clamps to create clever storage for office supplies such as stamps, paper clips and string. The clear jars let you immediately see where everything is. This is also a great idea for bathrooms and workshops.
Keep Your Spray Bottles in Line
Hang spray bottles from a rod to keep them upright. It can be hard to keep spray bottles from falling over and making a mess under your bathroom and kitchen sink. To keep them upright, hang them from a short tension rod in your cabinet. An old rod can come in handy in a number of spots in the house.
Put a Lazy Susan in Your Fridge
A lazy Susan in your fridge keeps small items close at hand. If your refrigerator door shelves are filled with salad dressing and mustard and the rest of the condiments get lost behind leftovers on the top shelf. Keep everything in plain view by storing overflow condiments on a lazy Susan on one of your fridge shelves. One spin and that small jar of capers will be a cinch to spot. See why you should put a lazy Susan in the workshop, too..
Single Folding Hanger Rod
Folding hanger rods collapse against the wall when they’re not in use, saving valuable space in tiny rooms. They’re great for wet clothes and hunting gear.
Use a Bookshelf
Here’s a clever IKEA hack that uses an IKEA bookshelf in the closet for extra storage. Try using multiple bookcases if you have the space to store items such as bags, shoes and folded clothing. Photo: Courtesy of Ikeahackers
Add-On Clothes Rod
Here’s an easy way to add space for hanging clothes (or at least clothes that don’t require a tall space). Hang a second clothes rod from the upper rod with lightweight chain. Attach the chain to screw eyes directly or use S-hooks or carabiners. Carabiners make adjusting the height of the extra rod a snap. Plus: 18 Life-Changing Organizing Ideas for Hard-to-Store Stuff
Don’t throw those cardboard wine dividers in the recycling bin just yet! If you struggle to keep shoes organized in your child’s closet, try inserting those dividers into a basket or tub and use it as a clever DIY shoe storage solution.
Clothing Storage Solutions: Turn Your Hangers
Once you’re gone through your closet and weeded out the unused items, turn all hanging clothing with the hanger facing outward. After wearing an item, return it to the hanging rod with the hanger facing the back of the closet. After one year, all articles of clothing still facing outwards were not worn, and you can consider getting rid of them. Find out how to get rid of anything.
Wire pantry shelves aren’t just for pantries. They’re perfect for any wall where full-depth shelves won’t fit: garages, laundry rooms, utility rooms, etc. The perfect space-saving shelves solution. Need more room for your stuff in general? Here are simple storage solutions for small spaces.
Nesting tables work great for small spaces and cutting clutter. Use them as an end table and set a lamp on top, then pull out the shorter tables when you need more tables for guests.
Baskets and Ottomans
Some well-placed baskets and ottomans will help organize your living room. Store blankets, toys, crafting supplies, movies and even books inside.
Use a Tablecloth
Dorm Room Spinning Storage Unit
Make the Most of Skinny Spaces
New Use for Old Cabinets
Pallet Wine Rack
Stuffed Animal Storage
Ladder Pot Rack
Dresser to Bench
Light-Duty Extension Cord Storage
Under-Cabinet Wine Rack
Pack Seasonal Clothing
One simple way to make extra closet space is to store seasonal clothing and accessories somewhere else, leaving you more space for the items you need now. Put clothes, accessories, shoes and purses in a vacuum storage bag—you’ll be surprised how compact it all becomes once the air is removed. Insert a list of what’s in each bag where you can read it, so you can locate something if you find you need it unexpectedly. Store the bags in your attic, under your bed in a self-made storage box, or in another accessible place.
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Store Multiple Items on One Hanger
You can cheat significantly on the 40-hanger rule if you get hangers designed to store multiple items. Some versions let you hang as many as five items on one hook, which saves on rod space. There are many commercial multiple-hangers available, with different design features to suit your taste. But if you’re on a budget, use soda can ring-pulls over the hook and use another standard hanger. But be careful not to cram too much in, or your clothes will get rumpled and creased.
Organize Shoes and Boots
Shoes and boots take up a lot of space and are often awkward to store, but leaving them in a jumble on your closet floor is a nightmare when you’re looking for a matching pair. If you have enough shelf space, using stacking shoe boxes. Transparent ones let you see what’s inside at a glance. Hanging pockets are another option, either on the clothes rod, or attached to the wall or door. A shoe rack is also simple to make and can be wall-mounted to save floor space.
Storage Tips for Bulky Items
Belt and Other Hang-Ups
Musical Instrument Storage
Behind the Door Storage: Closet Glove Rack
Basement Junk Storage
Clean the Exhaust Fan
Ditch Your Carpeting
Closet Nook Shelves
Add-On Clothes Rod
Hang Under the Island
Storage for Small Spaces: Two-Story Closet Shelves
Magnetic Knife Strip
Clothes storage ideas for small spaces: Double-decker closet rod
Open Cabinet Shelves
Clean the Air While You Clean the House
Clean a Vacuum with a Vacuum
Cover the Sink
Dust with Your Dryer
Synthetic Soap Simplifies Bathroom Cleaning
Buff Off Heavy Grime
Duster for the Vertically Challenged
Clean Grout with a Bleach Pen
Clean with Microfiber Products
Make Your Own Greener Cleaning Solution
Clean a Sluggish Toilet
Easier Bottle Cleaning
Vacuum First, Then Scrub
Protect Your Shower Doors from Mineral Buildup
Trash Can Cleanup
Clean Your Bagless Vacuum Filter
Citrus Peels and Ice Cubes for a Stinky Disposer
- With the water running at about half throttle, drop in orange or lemon peels. Run the disposer for five seconds. Citric acid from the peels softens crusty waste and attacks smelly bacteria. Give the acid about 15 minutes to do its work.
- Turn on the water and the disposer and drop in a few ice cubes. Flying shards of ice work like a sandblaster inside the disposer.
- Run the water until the bowl is about half full. Then pull the stopper and turn on the disposer to flush it out.