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7 Easy Organizing Tricks You'll Actually Want To Try

Spring cleaning doesn't have to be hard.

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1. Lay a piece of wood across the top of your front-loading washers for an instant countertop.

No more losing socks in the gap between the machines! From here.
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No more losing socks in the gap between the machines! From here.

2. Or if you're super short on storage space, hang up a shower curtain rod above your washer/dryer, and use a shower caddy to store your detergent.

If it's a tension rod, just make sure it's screwed tightly enough that it can support the weight of the detergent bottles. From here.
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If it's a tension rod, just make sure it's screwed tightly enough that it can support the weight of the detergent bottles. From here.

3. Designate a bucket for grilling tools, so it's easy to cart them back and forth to the dishwasher.

You don't have to sink the bucket into your outdoor countertop, but if you wanted to, here's how.
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You don't have to sink the bucket into your outdoor countertop, but if you wanted to, here's how.

4. Make a bunch of healthy breakfasts ahead of time.

That way you don't just grab whatever's handy on your busy mornings. Get the recipe for these muffins here, and get recipes for 22 other on-the-go breakfasts here.
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That way you don't just grab whatever's handy on your busy mornings. Get the recipe for these muffins here, and get recipes for 22 other on-the-go breakfasts here.

5. Pick a few things from your closet that you never wear anymore, and turn them into extra cash.

The Close5 app (by Ebay) lets you sell stuff to people who live nearby. Download it here.

6. Secure a scrap of chicken wire under a mason jar's screw cap to make a cheap toothbrush holder.

It's easy to throw in the dishwasher when it gets grimy (just remove the metal parts), and it keeps everyone's toothbrush bristles from touching. Get the tutorial here.
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It's easy to throw in the dishwasher when it gets grimy (just remove the metal parts), and it keeps everyone's toothbrush bristles from touching. Get the tutorial here.

7. Hang a metal wall planter in your bathroom to keep extra paper within reach.

From here. You can get a similar planter here for $12.98, or just go to your local garden store (you just have to remove the coconut liner).

Want more organizing ideas? See last week's tricks (plus more!) here.

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