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3 Cheap Ways to Keep the Small Stuff Organized

Updated on December 11, 2013


If you are like me, then you most likely have a box full of random chords and wire or whatnot thrown in a box labeled chords and wire. If you are like my girl friend then you probably have chords and wires hanging out of every outlet in the house and on the tables. Neither of these ways of storing chords is conducive to an organized home. I have tried many things and few have worked, until now. This is a cheap and genius way to keep chords organized and tidy, but in an extremely cheap way. You will only need a few things to make your dream of chord heaven become a reality. First you need a shoe box, next several toilet paper rolls. Take the rolls and tap them together as seen in the picture, next fit them in the shoe box and for the final step take your cords and round them up and put them in their new cozy home. Each cord has its own tube so no more tangled mess of wires you have to sort through to charge your phone.


Little Metal Things in the Bathroom

I have a girlfriend, my girl friend has hair, you know how girls and hair mix right? Disaster! No, it is not that bad (most days). I do tend to find a lot of bobby pins all over my house though. I find them on the sink, the coffee table, and I have even found one in my fridge. My girl friend tries to put them away, but I believe it is hard to keep such small items in a very convenient place where they are quick to grab as your headed out the door. Some will say put them in a bowl on the counter, which is fine but in our small urban apartment we have all of 00000.0000001 shelf space in our bathroom. I was racking my brain trying to figure out this bobby pin dilemma until I ran across this idea...


As you can see it is a magnet strip that has been stuck to the inside of a cabinet. Here you can store bobby pins, clippers, tweezers just about anything small enough to stick to this simple yet awesome idea for organization!!

Really Small “Things” Around the Home

We all have those “little things” that we need, but we can never really find a proper home for them. Yes many desks and desk caddy’s have slots for them, but half the time these “little things” just fly all over my drawer. Like paper clips they are always flying around inside my desk that was until I found out about this idea!


Yep! Thats right! Altoids containers. These work great for keeping track of your paper clips, thumb tacks, buttons, random keys, and all the other “small things” that just never seem to find a secure home. One of the best things I have found with these is that you can organize them to fit your space. You can label them and align them as in the picture or you can stack them. There is also some cassette tape holders that are big enough to slip the Altoid containers into for a nice neat organized arrangement.


So whether you are tangled in a cord nest, finding metal things from the bathroom all around your home like a treasure hunt or tired of your desk looking sloppy.These are just a few great ways I have found out about that can greatly improve your space, save you time, and ultimately keep you more organized.


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    • Jordanwalker39 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from NC

      Thanks, I must say I find the neatest things when surfing my way through the internet.

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      5 years ago

      aha! Very interesting use of toilet paper rolls. Thanks for this!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very clever ideas my friend. I love the metal strip in the medicine cabinet....I'll actually be using a couple of these ideas so thank you.


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