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Cubbies - A Great Way to Organize Any Room of the House

Updated on March 8, 2012

How to Organize the House with Cubbies

Is your home about to explode with odd and ends and need a way to organize and hide all the clutter? A cubby organizer is a great solution to declutter any room of the house. When people think of cubbies, they tend to think of a storage technique that is only used in schools. In reality, a cubby organizer is a very efficient way to store those extra items that you have lying around cluttering up the house. Whether you choose to use storage bins or baskets or just want a unique way to display your decorative items, cubbies can enhance any room and help you get one step closer to that dream of achieving a clean and perfectly organized house.

Cubbies can be used in several different ways in each room of the house. Let's discuss some helpful ways a cubby organizer can simplify your every day life.

Organize All Those Toys with Cubbies

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Cubbies for Kid's Bedroom

It seems like after every birthday party and holiday your kids accumulate more toys than their small bedroom can handle. A cubby organizer can be so effective in helping you keep those toys - especially the ones with a million pieces - all together in one place. Take the time to separate the toys into categories and place them into storage bins. For example, my boys have storage bins in their cubbies for cars, pirate stuff, police toys, transformers, art supplies, play food, and one for those odd and ends toys that you have no idea what category they belong. Keeping all these items in their designated bins takes alot of work, but in the end will help save any parent's sanity when trying to track the whereabouts of a certain toy.

Need a little more space in that cluttered closet? Try some of the following tips for a cubby organizer in your overcrowded closet -

Cubbies for the Closet

A common problem in any home is not enough closet space. Do you have problems finding that special pair of shoes or that purse that would match your outfit perfectly? Adding a mounted wall cubby is a great way to organize and display your large selection of personal accessories. It is also an awesome way to store and separate your bed sheets, blankets, and extra pillows. Add baskets to store those smaller items such as socks, undergarments, and belts. If you don't have enough wall space to mount a wall cubby, the standard cubby organizer under your hanging clothes works just as well to organize any messy closet.

Need a little organization or want to jazz up your living room -

Helpful Tip

  • Cubby organizers and the storage bins go on sale right after the holiday season. Stores such as Kmart, Walmart, and Target will usually mark them down as much as 40-50% off.

Cubbies for the Living Room

A cubby organizer in the living room can help you store those hundreds of movies and dvds that are overflowing out of your entertainment center. It can also be a great way to display picture frames, photo albums, knick-knacks, or your favorite work of art. If you have small children, I have known several parents to place nicer, decorative baskets on the bottom layer of cubbies to hide some of their kid's favorite toys. Cubbies that are mounted on the wall are great for keeping your little ones fingers from touching your precious keepsakes and add a unique design piece to your wall.

Need some help in the kitchen due to lack of cabinet space -

Helpful Tip

  • When displaying your china with a wall mounted cubby organizer, use a small easel to hold up a plate for a safer and easier display of your special dishes.

Cubbies for the Kitchen

If you have a small kitchen or are lacking in cabinet space, cubby organizers are a handy way to store a few of your extra kitchen items. Some possible items to put in the cubbies can be anything from cookbooks, small appliances, or even spices from the pantry. If you don't have a china hutch in your kitchen, the wall mounted cubby is a unique way to store and display your precious dishes. Try adding decorative pieces that goes along with the theme of your kitchen to add a decorative flair to the wall.

Try these tips for storing extra items in the bathroom in a cubby organizer -

Cubbies for the Bathroom

If you are lacking in cabinet space in a small bathroom, cubby organizers can be of great assistance to storing extra towels, washcloths, or any other toiletries needed in the bathroom. Is your sink not large enough to put out things like cotton swabs, cotton balls, or decorative pieces? Hang a wall cubby over the toilet or towel rack to store these extra items. This kind of cubby helps you to minimize the clutter that can tend to accumulate on your bathroom sink.

Do you have issues with a cluttered office space? Try these next set of tips -

Cubbies to Organize the Office


Cubbies for the Office

Got a messy desk in your office that desperately needs some organization? Try storing all your papers, folders, books, and other office supplies in a cubby organizer. Use small baskets or storage bins to hold all your pens, pencils, and other small office items. A wall mounted cubby provides quick access to your office needs while keeping your desk clear of all the clutter. Your work will show great improvement when your office is effectively organized and you do not have to shuffle through a big mess to find what you need.

Cubby organizers can even be effective in the garage -

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Cubbies for the Garage

Now we may be heading into a man's territory but even your garage can be organized with the help of a cubby organizer. How many times have you went to your garage to grab a tool to find that its lost in a pile of junk? Cubbies make great storage for an overabundance of tools that will no longer fit in the tool box. Adding smaller labeled storage bins for little items such as nuts, bolts, and screws will speed up the process in finding exactly what you need for your next project.

Now Go Get Organized

So there you go - cubby organizers can be a big help in organizing every room of your house. Now I don't mean for you to go out and buy a dozen cubby organizers. Access your storage needs in your most cluttered rooms and determine if a cubby organizer will be beneficial for restoring order in that area of your home. Once the cubby organizer is in place, you will fall in love with all the extra space it provides and will be one step closer to creating your dream home.


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    • missolive profile image

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      I love cubbies!

      Great hub - I can be a bit challenged in this area (grumble). I really need to work on my closet. Keeping my grading away from the kitchen table is another toughie for me.

      Great tips! Voted up! Keep em' coming!

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      Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

      I have and love the book Organizing from Inside Out. I recently downsized from a two bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment with only one closet so cubbies and storage units have been a treasure in organizing. I'm still in mid transformation so this article was great to read. Thanks. Smile!

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      softhard 5 years ago from Kathmandu

      Very informative for me. I don't stick much on the same arrangement. I rearrange my rooms more frequently. This hub helped me a lot to handle difficult stuffs while doing my job. Thanks for the valuable inputs.

      Really enjoyed the hub. Good luck and keep i up.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks missolive! Having two little boys around prevents me from being as organized as I wanna be but when I do finally get a room finally organized I seriously do a major happy dance! Appreciate the vote up :)

      Thanks so much Carlon! If my boys didn't have cubby organizers in their rooms, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to see their floor. Appreciate you stopping by :)

      Thank you softhard for reading! I am so happy to hear that you found this one so helpful. Appreciate you taking the time to leave your kind comment :)

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      Marissa 5 years ago from United States

      I really like the idea of cubbies in a closet! It would help with the shoes and definitely with the accessories. I think I might use some cubbies underneath my staircase where there is wasted space... Thanks for sharing!

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      Allana Calhoun 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Good ideas! build my own since I don't have the money to buy them! :D

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks ThePracticalMommy for reading! Under the staircase is a great idea - I got storage bins hiding everywhere - we really need a bigger house :)

      Thanks Allana for stopping by! Building your own is an awesome idea - wish I was more crafty like that. Good luck with your project! Appreciate you leaving a comment :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Very useful indeed so an up up and away from me.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much for the vote up! So happy you found it useful!

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      Very useful, voted up! When I bought this house there was more than enough room for me. Now I have a husband and a small child and it feels cramped. We don't have a basement and very little closet space. I've been thinking about some cubbies. Your hub gave me some great ideas. Thank you : )

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Jennifer! There should be some good sales on organizers and storage bins right after Christmas. I will probably have to buy another one just to store all the new toys - I swear I just cleaned out their rooms but there is still no more space to store anything else :) Appreciate the vote up!

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      LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

      Been thinking about getting some of these for my daughter's room. Excellent article. Voted up.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Lori! I just had to buy 2 more after Christmas to store all my kids new toys. Now all I have to do is keep 24 different storage bins organized - I will have to add that to my list of New Year resolutions :) Thanks so much for reading and for the vote up!

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