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11 Genius Organizing Hacks for the Most "Type A" Person in Your Life

Sick of tripping on wires, sorting through cleaning supply cabinets, and digging in utensil drawers? In the immortal words of Kimberly Wilkins, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” That's why we collected some of Hometalk’s most popular (and simply genius) organizing hacks to get your home in order, and save you time and energy. Even the most Type A person you know isn’t this organized!

1. Turn Dollar Store cooling racks into stow-away spice storage

Keep your pantry and counter tops clear, with stow-able spice storage (for just $1). Put these easy racks inside cabinet or pantry doors, so they're easy to grab but safe from cooking heat.

2. Use tension rods for above sink storage

Do you ever find yourself dripping water across your kitchen as you search for the closest hand towel? This nifty hack will end that messy practice for good!

3. ...And under sink organization

Corral those spray bottles using a tension rod, so that you don’t waste time digging for the right one every time you clean.

4. Store spice, sauce, or soup mix packets in old Ziplock boxes

Those sandwich bag containers are the perfect size to keep your stock of packets from getting lost in your pantry, and this pretty-up process is an easy way to make them look good.

5. Hide hard-to-store items in the back of your closet with cable straps

Bags, gowns, a silky scarf collection - if it doesn’t have a spot in your closet, then, rather than stowing it out of sight, hang it on the back wall behind your clothes with a cable strap.

6. Keep your phone in your pocket or in this spot

This is the last time you put down your phone, only to search the house top to bottom for it a minute later. Anytime your phone is not in use or in your pocket, keep it sitting or charging in this handy holder.

7. Make a jar storage shelf, to keep odds and ends out of the way

Whether it’s for office supplies, crafts supplies, or even ice cream toppings, this clever hack gives you a 2-in-1 shelf with invulnerable storage.

8. Organize shoes with folded cardboard boxes

We all know what it’s like to dig that hidden pump out from under the heap of heels and flats. Fix your closet fiasco without spending a dime, with this space-saving cardboard box solution.

9. Streamline your pantry and get rid of open bags and boxes with creamer containers

No more spilling bags of grains, baking ingredients, or snacks - these coffee creamer bottles are the perfect, uniform way to store and use your goods.

10. Corral cords with corks

Bring order to tangled phone chargers and stray computer cords, with a simple upcycle using a bit of bungee and a spare cork.

11. Add a pegboard to your kitchen wall

Instead of storing utensils in drawers where they’re bound to get jumbled and disorganized, keep everything in it’s rightful spot (and looking like a store display), with a pegboard on the wall.
Well, we’re headed to grab some tension rods and get down to organizing! Which hack are you planning to try first?
  • Pinky S
    Pinky S Avondale, PA

    I tried the tension rod under the kitchen sink but it fell right down after 3 bottles were hung!

  • Angela
    Angela Clear Lake, IA

    Good ideas

  • Dawn Jimenez
    Dawn Jimenez Seguin, TX

    The tension rod worked perfect for me. Ladies make sure the rod is on really tight! :)

  • Liz Sojanna
    Liz Sojanna Chicago, IL

    Tension rod holder.

  • Melissa Youngman
    Melissa Youngman Grand Rapids, MI

    Much easier than making your own bungee ties (who has bungee rope around?!)...... store your extension cords in empty toilet paper tubes! Really long ones might need a paper towel tube.

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