As we head into a new year and a fresh start, I know a lot of you are looking for ways to declutter and better organize throughout your home. Today I thought I would share some big impact organizational storage pieces and tips that I use in my own home that work really well and that I love. I’m also going to show you how/where I use these pieces to show you all of the creative possibilities! You will notice that I use several of these storage pieces in ways that may surprise you! 😉
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Slotted Shoe Storage Pieces
If you were to ask me what the number one storage piece that I recommend for organizing in a home, I would pick slotted shoe shelving storage pieces/bins but I don’t use them for storing shoes! I use them for everything else because they are an inexpensive way to separate and organize all the little stuff.
These slotted shoe bins are so awesome for storing all the little stuff in pretty much every room of a home!
In my craft cabinet, I slipped in two of these shoe bins to separate and organize all of my craft supplies. You’ll also notice that in one row, I removed the middle slats to make a wider opening for slipping in bins.
When my daughter was little, I used the shoe shelving bins in our playroom storage cabinet to organize all of her little craft stuff.
I also have several of these shoe storage bins stacked in my junk cabinet for organizing candles, accessories and all the little stuff that I can spot quickly. I also have another one in my office cabinet that I use to sort stationary, pens, tape, etc..
There are so many different ways to use these bins and they are perfect for slipping in and stacking in closets, cabinets or under bathroom sinks (if you have the space). You can find these at Target, Walmart, Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond.
One of the best things that I ever did in my kitchen was to pull out all of the baking supplies and coffee/hot beverage supplies from my seriously overstuffed pantry to create a separate baking cabinet and coffee/hot beverage pantry/cabinet. If you have a small pantry, this is a fantastic solution for freeing up precious pantry space that has really worked so well for us!
If you have a small pantry like I do and you can free up a cabinet or two, this solution has been a life saver for us! Below are the storage pieces that I use and love in my kitchen.
By the way, if you’re interested in the printable labels, you can find them on my blog here for free to print.
Below are all of the storage pieces I used for my coffee/hot beverage cabinet.
Clear Large Candy Jar Canisters
I have learned over the years that my family does much better at staying organized when we use clear out-in-the-open storage containers. I especially love the Anchor Hocking glass canisters in all the various sizes because the are inexpensive, look pretty and are perfect for tossing little stuff!
I use them in our craft room for our paint supplies:
I use the smaller penny jars throughout my home in the kitchen, bathroom and in my laundry room for storage.
If you like this storage idea, I shared here all the places in our home that we use candy jars for more creative ideas.
Small Plastic Storage Bins
I use these small plastic bins below for storing just about everything throughout my home. The have a lid that flips open on the top and they are perfect for storage in the bathroom, makeup, pantry, laundry room, etc…
If you like the labels I used, they are free and you can edit and type in whatever you want here.
We have small closets in our older home and one of the best things we did was to design online and incorporate a custom closet organization system for my daughter’s closet. This year, we are going to do this for the other closets in our home and I can’t wait!
We used EasyClosets for the closet and it really was so easy. We started by designing the segments online with exact measurements and then the pieces arrived and we installed it all ourselves.
If you want to read more about the whole closet transformation and process, you can read it all here.
Linen Closet Organizing
I have a very small linen closet that required me to really maximize space and choose storage pieces with the biggest bang!
One of my favorite storage pieces to use in my linen closet I find by searching the clearance sections at TJMaxx and Ross for the plastic pantry storage bins for organizing my linen closet and other areas of my home. These little bins are deep and perfect for storing soaps and supplies.
Other storage pieces I use in my linen closet and in my home are below and you’ll find the link for the sources below the images.
You can see the other ways that I maximize space in my linen closet here.
Organizing Kid Stuff
Creating organizational solutions for kids stuff is a huge challenge. One of the best things we ever did was to buy two of the Ikea Billy Bookshelves for our daughter’s room that we connected and bolted to the wall. I love the combination of open and closed storage and we have been amazed by how much these shelves can hold.
If you want to read more about other ways I organize kids areas, I wrote a post here going into great detail showing how I get creative with kids storage pieces.
I hope that there is something here that can help you as you look for ways to declutter and stay organized in your home. If you want to see more of my organizational blog post, you can look through them all here.
One last thing… If you missed my post last week, I shared several different types of free printable to-do lists that can really make a big impact when it comes to organize your day or week. You can get to those here.
Thanks for stopping by today friends!
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Ellen | Ask Away Blog says
You have the prettiest clothes, I swear. I love the kitchen and LOOOOVE your craft stuff. I use clear containers in my kitchen too and make labels on my cricut.
Cindy Hoover says
You have inspired me today! One question, I see you ordered the slotted shoe storage piece and you removed certain pieces depending on the item stored. Do you have to cut the walls out or do they just slide out? If you have to cut – what did you use? Thanks so much! Cindy
I am so glad you’re inspired Cindy! 🙂 You will see as you assemble the shoe storage that you have the option of not inserting a slate or two. No need to cut and you will understand what I mean when you put it together and see all the slates to insert. Hope that helps! 🙂
Great organizing tips .
Will be using some of these .
Love the clear jars and utility room
Actually they are all great !
Sandra P says
OMG!!! Pinning away! What an amazing post. Exactly what I needed. Thank you for such inspiration!!!
Virginia K. says
Love it! Where did you find your slotted shoe storage?
Virginia Knibb says
Love all the storage . Where did you get your slotted shoe storage?