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Top 12 Organizing Tips

No matter what area you’re organizing or how much space you have, follow these 12 simple tips to create a well-organized, efficient space.

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Let Lazy Suzan organize your spices

We cook a lot, and we keep all of our dry spices and sauces (that don't need refrigeration) alphabetized, on Lazy Suzans in the cupboards. Starting with the one on the left, the spices are organized in alphabetical order on double turntables. When the first turntable is full, move to the next and so on. It takes little time to set up, and there is no more scavenging for the right spice, when you know where it should be according to its name! The spaces between turntables can house larger items such as those cardboard salt boxes and such. I can't take credit for this, it was my girlfriends' idea.

MaskDr from Phoenix, AZ
See Through

In my studio I have tons of small items; beads, paints, glue, etc. everything that isn't in a drawer is in Clear Plastic storage containers, and has a label. so when I need something, it's clearly available, and I can grab them. Also they are stacked in like size containers, so they fit the cupboards well. when working with those things, I can simply grab all that I need from one zone and go to work. everything is in zones like beads, painting, shells, fabric, etc. I don't have to go all through the room looking for things for one kind of project. I also purge each year to make sure I only have things in there that I need and can use. My fellow crafters and I have a craft sort to dispose of our extra things or "BBT's" (big bulky things) we don't use. we swap for others.

ElfMcChristmas from Loomis, CA
Sorting

One important step left out of the organizing tips: sorting. Sort stuff by type or usage. For example, in a craft room, put all the paints together, all the adhesives together (wood clue, fabric glue, hot glue gun, etc.) This is when you can see if you have way too many of one thing; it's also when you can begin planning what you'll need to corral your stuff. Do you need a clear plastic shoebox for those adhesives, or something smaller, like Klippo box? Do you wantone big box for paints, or do you want to divide them further, by type or by color?

bargainhunter from Oklahoma
sock sorter

Having accumulated a lot of socks I sort and also store them with an over the door clear shoe bag. The clear compartments help me organize them into tall socks, athletic socks, thick or thin socks, ski socks, etc. Since some of my white tennis socks are slightly different on top I can also temporarily drape one over the pocket with the edge hanging over until I come to the match, then put them both in.

Arliss from Chesterfield Va
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I buy a lot of food in bulk and used to keepit in all size jars and cans. When I got tired of looking at disorganized pantry I bought a few rectangular canisters. Now I am able to use my vertical space, they look good, can be stocked on top of each other, have different color lids. I loved them so much, I bought couple sets with different lids for my daughter's housewarming.

Tatyana from Denver, CO

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Let Lazy Suzan organize your spices

We cook a lot, and we keep all of our dry spices and sauces (that don't need refrigeration) alphabetized, on Lazy Suzans in the cupboards. Starting with the one on the left, the spices are organized in alphabetical order on double... read more
We cook a lot, and we keep all of our dry spices and sauces (that don't need refrigeration) alphabetized, on Lazy Suzans in the cupboards. Starting with the one on the left, the spices are organized in alphabetical order on double turntables. When the first turntable is full, move to the next and so on. It takes little time to set up, and there is no more scavenging for the right spice, when you know where it should be according to its name! The spaces between turntables can house larger items such as those cardboard salt boxes and such. I can't take credit for this, it was my girlfriends' idea.
MaskDr from Phoenix, AZ
Referenced Products: Double Stainless Steel Turntable
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Don't leave home without...bubble wrap!

I try to leave some space in my luggage to bring back trip purchases. I fill the empty space with pieces of bubble wrap. This doesn't add weight but helps keep clothing in place in transit. If I buy breakables, I have good packing materials to... read more
I try to leave some space in my luggage to bring back trip purchases. I fill the empty space with pieces of bubble wrap. This doesn't add weight but helps keep clothing in place in transit. If I buy breakables, I have good packing materials to bring them home. If not, I can discard the bubble wrap or offer it to fellow travelers. I carry a small roll of packing tape too - it can come in handy to wrap up purchases and can be hard to find while traveling!
GwenG from Washington, D.C.
Read all customer stories related to the tip Top 10 Organized Travel Tips

Pack "just in case"

When my five-year-old got sick on a cross-country flight (full can of tomato juice on an empty stomach!), I was glad I had packed a spare set of clothes for her - and for me! - in our carry-on luggage. I had also packed a damp washcloth in... read more
When my five-year-old got sick on a cross-country flight (full can of tomato juice on an empty stomach!), I was glad I had packed a spare set of clothes for her - and for me! - in our carry-on luggage. I had also packed a damp washcloth in a plastic bag, and an empty trash bag - both came in handy on that flight. We never needed them again, but I never traveled without them!
GwenG from Washington, D.C.
Read all customer stories related to the tip Organized Travel with Kids
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