7 Small Ways To Actually Get Your Home In Order

Summer organizing: solved.

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1. Moving soon? Forget packing and re-hanging your clothes. Instead, slip them inside a drawstring trash bag to hold them all together.

This works best for DIY moving with the help of your friends or family and a U-Haul; professional movers will almost definitely want everything in boxes. (To put these in a box, you could fold the bag in half.) Watch the how-to and get more packing hacks on Nifty.

2. Repurpose an egg carton for Alton Brown’s no-leaky-mustard hack.

Because we’re not all going to keep six kinds of mustard like Alton, this would work with all kinds of condiments, like ketchup or mayo, too. Watch the full video on his official YouTube page.

3. Stop tripping over sneakers and give everyone in your home a designated shoe basket — stored neatly under a putting-shoes-on bench.

This blogger made her own bench and went the fancier seagrass basket route for her six family members, but you could do this on the cheap with a flea-market bench and baskets from the dollar store. See the how-to on Trey and Lucy.

4. Sort essentials in your car console with that dollar-bin popsicle maker you never make popsicles with.

Not to discourage your popsicle-making, if you do actually use yours. Get more car organizing tips on HGTV’s Design Blog.

5. Raise your wheelbarrow up so you can easily mow underneath it with this sweet little 2x4 configuration.

A problem-free place for everything, including the wheelbarrow? I’ll take it. From Maker/Builder/Fixer’s Journal.

6. Quickly get everything inside from a rained-out cookout by storing it in one place — a rolling cart.

You don’t have to go as all-out-Pinterest as this example, a simple rolling cart with s-hooks on the handles and the stack of paper plates will do. Read more about it and get the how-to on I Heart Organizing.

7. Try this four-bin system to help with end-of-the-school-year closet clean-outs.

Or, with your own it’s-summer-again closet clean out! I personally will always use Marie Kondo’s spark-joy strategy, but I also use a similar sorting technique after I decide whether I’m keeping something or not. Read more about this system on Pretty Handy Girl.

Want more organizing ideas? See previous week’s tricks (plus more!) here.

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