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19 Real-Life Organization Tips That'll Make You Say, "I Need To Do That"

Smart storage tips and recs.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community, Nifty Home Facebook page, and Nifty Home Newsletter to send us photos of the ways they actually organize their pantries, closets, cabinets, and more. Here are their best ideas!

1. Hang pot lids on the inside of your cabinet door using two Command Hooks, so you can stack pots and pans *and* easily grab their lids.

2. Store both your makeup and medicine on rotating organizers that use the vertical space between taller bathroom shelves.


3. If you keep your makeup on a closet shelf, sort it all with clear acrylic boxes and a label maker.

Kellie Estep / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

The only thing I organize in my house: my makeup collection. Using the Container Store shoe boxes and a sweater box, with letter holders for palettes.

—Kellie Estep, Facebook

Get everything from the Container Store: Shoe boxes are $1.89 each, the sweater box is $5.99, and a letter organizer is $5.99.

4. Turn the inside of a cabinet door into a baking station with a kitchen equivalents chart + more Command Hooks + measuring cups and spoons.

Brittany Lauren / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

—Brittany Lauren, Facebook

And keep all of your ingredients in matching boxes, if you like to keep things ultra neat. Get the small, clear Command Hooks on Amazon for $6.44.

5. And make the inside of your pantry door your ~command station~: hang to-do lists, scissors, or whatever you reach for most often.

Melody Amber / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

My pantry door! Foil and plastic wrap on hooks, magnetic shopping list/recipe card station, tissue packs to store my napkins and taco packets floating with Velcro. Also, a clear place mat on my table, so I can pop it in the dishwasher with all the dishes! ☺️ —Melody Amber, Facebook


8. Try this Ikea bin hack to make the most of deep, vertical shelf space.

Cathlyn Ng

We use these IKEA boxes to organize our pantry. The big box has an inner split storage compartment with a handle that works ok, but we discovered that the slightly shorter box fits perfectly inside the bigger one. —Cathlyn Ng, via email

Get the big Salma from Ikea for $4.99, and the smaller one for $2.99.

9. If you cook dinner every night, sort your ingredients for each meal into a separate bin, so it's easy to pull everything out at once.

Maggie Kornahrens

Sunday evenings are for meal prep. —Maggie Kornahrens, Facebook

10. Install an inexpensive Ikea kitchen rail so everything you need to cook is close at hand.

Shir Koren

This is my beautiful kitchen! —Shir Koren, via email

Get the pictured Fintorp rail from Ikea for $9.99 (and the hooks for $2.99), or the Gundtal rail for $7.99 (hooks for $3.99).


11. Or use *all* your vertical space by hanging a pegboard and a couple accordion racks.

I have an odd shaped kitchen with limited cabinet space so I hung as much as I could on the walls. —lanishapton

You can get a pegboard at your local hardware store, and an accordion rack for $23.99 at World Market.

13. Repurpose an old bookcase as the perfect little shoe tower.

Shenai Marie Milner-Fifield / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

An old bookcase turned into a vertical shoe rack for my mum since she has an excess of heels. —Shenai Marie Milner-Fifield, Facebook

It looks like they added extra shelves so they're each heel height (a bookcase might have more space between the shelves).

14. Illuminate a dark closet with a few inexpensive LED lights.

Berenice Carrizales / Via

Buy $10 LED lights and make the closet SHINE! 😎 —Berenice Carrizales, Facebook

Get a set of three motion-sensing, stick-anywhere LED lights on Amazon for $11.89.


15. Transform your linen closet or bathroom closet with the help of a few baskets.

Jadira Breault Hendley / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome, Olivia Hill / Facebook / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

—Jadira Breault Hendley, Facebook

Linen closet 🙂 —Olivia Hill, Facebook

18. Or splurge on a fancy organizer that mounts to your wall or your door and can be customized to whatever you need.

Julie Dykema / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

Baby girl bows for days 🎀 —Julie Dykema, Facebook

Get a similar organizer from the Container Store for $93.40.

19. Hang hooks on the walls and inside the doors of your closet to use every. Inch. Of space.

Pornpan May Kaeomungkhun / Via Facebook: BuzzFeedNiftyHome

My closet been the pain for months. Finally found the method that works for me. —Pornpan May Kaeomungkhun, Facebook

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