Alternative Uses for Dollar Store Cooling Racks

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I love buying things at the dollar store. It's so cheap, and there is always something I can find for a DIY project. I saw these cooling racks there, and I thought "what if I can use these for organizing?" It took some thinking, but I found two really awesome uses for it that have definitely made things more organized.
I used them to organize Tupperware lids and my hubby's ties. I know they are two totally different things, but I'm always searching for the right lid that fits, and my hubby spends a lot of time in the morning searching for a tie that matches his shirt.
Option 1: Plastic Lid Organizer
I try to keep all my plastic container lids in a basket. I thought that would help me find them, because at least I would know where they should be. But it's still really hard to find anything in there.
Step 1: Place the Lid on Top of a Bin or Basket
So here's the simple trick. Just place the rack on top of the bin (it actually fits perfectly into mine), and you instantly have a bunch of slots to organize all those lids.
Step 2: Stack Lids Between the Wires
Ta da! They are all stacked and so easy to find now.
Option 2: Hang Up Your Ties
Now for the ties.
Step 1: Hang the Rack with Command Hooks
It's also really simple. Just hang up the cooling rack with some command hooks on the wall of your closet. You don't have to use command hooks, but they are so simple and easy.
Step 2: Hang Up Tour Ties
Then you hang up all the ties. I found the best way to do this is slide the tie around a line on the rack.
See how neat they are? This keeps the ties wrinkle-free, because they usually are in a ball at the bottom of our closet (my hubby isn't big on organization). And now he can easily spot which tie he wants to wear to work.

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  • Deb
    on Aug 22, 2016

    Did you get the plastic bin at the dollar store as well? I love the idea & already have numerous cooling racks courtesy of my Mom when she downsized. What I need now is the right size bins!

    • Ida9464
      on Nov 19, 2019

      Plastic lids, plastic containers, plastic plastic plastic! That cabinet is A disaster cuz everyone just grabs what they want letting everything else topple over and if two things are sticking together, one gets thrown back in like a frisbee. Sometimes the plastic mess just falls out on the floor! DH uses half the set for whatever he’s doing, throws it away, and then we have lots of halves and don’t know why. Maybe this will help😔

  • Vicci Ziegler
    Vicci Ziegler
    on Aug 22, 2016

    Wouldn't this idea also be great to hang in closet for long necklaces and ones that tend to tangle in a jewelry box? I'm definitely giving it a try.

    • Ann Cassler
      Ann Cassler
      on May 2, 2017

      Necklaces and earrings are a pretty addition to my bedroom wall. I'm using plastic canvas for earrings attached to wooden slats top and bottom that stick out enough to hang necklaces and bracelets. I think the cooling rack might work better than plastic canvas for earrings which tend to get stuck sometimes because of the rubber backing on the earring. I think a cooling rack for earrings and necklaces with a plastic $store narrow tray under it for rings and any earrings that might fall off.
  • Cro4932253
    on Aug 31, 2016

    Where did you get the perfectly sized bins?

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  • Judy
    on Feb 11, 2019

    I have an entire upper kitchen cabinet devoted to various sizes of containers. But as much as I have tried to organize them by sizes, they never stay that way, NEVER! I am sure you have all experienced the tumbling out of containers as you try to pull out just one! Thank you so much for the rack idea for the lids and thank you to "Kat S." for the foil bin idea to slide in and out for easy choosing of the proper bottoms! I can't wait to get organized the right way!

  • Ida9464
    on Nov 19, 2019

    Back in the day, Whoever said plastic is cheaper & will make your life easier was wrong. It will cost tons to clean up environment and it causes daily frustration for ppl who aren’t fantastically organized. Love it due to weight and not breaking, but there are drawbacks. Her idea is excellent!

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