Top 10 Unsung Organizing Tools

In our quest for fresh, beginning-of-a-new-year, organized perfection, it’s simple to find a little carried away in the organizing or office supply store. While technical sorters and doodads surely have their purpose, more often than not they simply add more clutter to our homes. Commit to getting it right this season (and saving a bit of cash in the process) by sticking with those 10 hardworking but often overlooked helpers that are probably sitting in your house right now.

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1. 1 calendar. It does not matter if you want a digital or paper version; the most important thing is that you stick with one calendar program, preferably for everybody in the house. Google Calendar is a great, flexible, portable option you may access from home or on the road.

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2. Washi tape. Never before has this kind of small thing (tape!)) Inspired the exact same level of obsession because of this vibrant Japanese paper tape. It’s easy to tear, removes easily from most surfaces, also comes in the most stunning colors. Use it to label everything from eyeglasses at a celebration to documents, pantry jars, storage bins and more. And when you are done labeling, use it to wrap a gift, tape photos to your inspiration board or make your own wall art.

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3. A magnetic knife strip. A wall-mounted knife rack may do much more than maintain your knives tidy and out of the way (even though it’s great for that, too). Use it to arrange spices in the kitchen, tools at the garage, keys from the front door and scissors and other essentials near your desk or crafts place.


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4. Your camera. Snap photographs of the contents of storage containers and kids’ toy bins and record them to the fronts as visual labels. Photos are also ideal for documenting oversize art projects, and that means that you are able to give up the first in good conscience.

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5. Tote bags. The humble tote bag can do the job equally as tough as a basket or storage box, but with the additional benefit of being portable and lightweight. Use bags to sort things you store temporarily, such as library books, work materials and workout clothes.

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6. Binder clips. Using these tiny workhorses only for their intended usage could be missing — you may also hang art, corral wires, keep packed products fresh from your kitchen and keep rolls of ribbon and wrapping paper from unfurling. For extra credit, upgrade your binder clips with small lengths of washi tape (see number two) and label away.

7. Zip-top bags. One of the most flexible (and cheap!) Organizing tools around, baggies may be used to store components bits all together, type things in your junk drawer, maintain toiletries neat in your bag, suspend soup level or even pipe frosting.

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8. Fundamental binders. Paperwork gets lost easily when piled up in baskets or piles. Use three-ring or portfolio-style binders (with plastic cuff inserts) rather to file away instruction manuals, magazine clippings and more.

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9. A smaller filing cabinet. Have a giant filing system? You are probably saving a lot of newspapers. Make things easier on yourself by going whenever you can and making sure you need to save each paper thing that you record. Most of us can get away with one or two well-tended drawers.

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10. A gifts bin. It’s 1 thing to get organized — staying organized is another issue completely. 1 tool that has the potential to keep your house tidy and clutter free is really a permanent bin dedicated to giveaways. Keep it at a central place where you are able to throw things in whenever you think of it. After the bin is full, empty it at your favourite charity store; replicate.

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