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21 Lazy Organizing Tricks That Might Actually Work

Low effort, high reward.

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5. Store all of your extra buttons on safety pins.

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This won't work well if you have like, a button collection, but will totally help you keep track of extra buttons that come with your clothes without having a pile of those tiny paper packets.


9. Clean up the cords behind your TV with some cheap cable ties and removable adhesive hooks.

Here's the tutorial. You can also use adhesive hooks made specifically for cord control, but it might take more of them if you have lots of cords.


19. If your family is always leaving their junk around the house, institute a "crap basket" system.

You can put their stuff in their crap basket, then they can take their basket back to their rooms to put everything away. Learn more about the system here.


20. Keep your folded sheets in their respective pillow cases, so it's always easy to grab the whole sheet set at once.

Photo by Raymond Hom. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2011.

You will have to figure out how to fold a fitted sheet for this to work, though. Read more at Martha Stewart.

21. Keep a laundry basket in your trunk, so you can carry in all of your groceries at once.

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When you're unloading your grocery cart, just put all the bags in the basket. Then carry the basket inside when you get home.

All of these tricks are from our weekly series of organizing ideas — you can see previous roundups here, and watch out for new editions each week!