July 15, 2019

Save Space — and Money — With These Organizing Hacks

If you’ve been on a reorganizing kick, either because of a New Year’s resolution or you’ve been binge-watching “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix, here are some easy ways to manage the clutter in your home by repurposing some used objects you may have around. 

Tissue box bag holder
Although supermarkets don’t give out free plastic bags anymore, I know many of you still have drawers full of them at home. (I’m talking to you, Mom.) Keep them manageable and compact by stuffing them in an old tissue box, and your bags are ready to dispense when you need one.


Cake stand organizer
Free up valuable counter space by storing items on a cake stand. You can place items on the platter and beneath it. What a beautiful way to display makeup in the bathroom, or spices in the kitchen.


Baking sheet message center
Use an old baking sheet as a message or bulletin board, as magnets hold onto the metal perfectly. Don’t worry if the pan is stained with layers of baked-on grease. The mottled patina is both gorgeous and homey.  


Muffin tin supply caddy
The multiple compartments in a muffin tin are great for keeping your office or craft supplies ready at hand. You can also line drawers with muffin tins to keep all your junk organized.


Cookie tin storage
I just cannot throw away tins. They make great storage containers for just about anything. Anyone who has used a Danish cookie tin as a sewing kit knows what I’m talking about. 

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.