7 Clever Household Storage Hacks You’ve Got to Try

Find storage possibilities for unused spaces and items you’ve never thought of! Scroll through these ingenious ideas and be sure to jot down the ones that’ll work for your home.

1. Bread Tabs for Labeling Cords

Not sure which cord goes with which electronic device plugged into your power strip? Save yourself the hassle of following the cord from the plugin to the device for each item you need to move by labeling them. Plastic bread tabs are perfect for labeling cords that are plugged into a power strip because they’re sturdy, have enough room to write on and can easily clip around the plugin end of a cord. Plus, they often come in different colors. You’ll be able to easily identify and move your electrical devices.

2. Instant Drying Rack

Create space for air-drying clothes in a basement laundry room by tacking a 1×2 board across a few joists overhead. Drive a heavy-duty nail or screw through the board and into each joist; then hook several hangers onto the board for drying clothes.

3. Concrete Form Wrapping Paper Storage

Using a 6-ft. cardboard cement form cut in half, I created two wrapping paper storage containers. I cut the cylinder in half and cut pieces of heavy cardboard for the base of each, attaching them with duct tape. Then I spray painted them to look presentable.

4. Joist Space Storage

Don’t waste all that space between joists in a basement or garage. Screw wire shelving to the underside of the joists. An 8-ft. x 16-in. length of wire shelving and a pack of plastic clips (sold separately) costs about 20 bucks. Don’t forget that wire shelving also shines on walls. Learn the best practices for installing wire shelving here.

5. Paper Towel Roll Bag Storage

There are many uses for plastic grocery bags in the workshop. You can use them to seal up brushes and rollers during a painting project, so you don’t have to wash so much stuff between coats. The point is, it’s worth keeping a handful of plastic grocery bags on hand in the workshop, and here’s a great tip for storing them: Stuff as many plastic grocery bags as possible into an empty paper towel roll. Then toss the roll in a drawer or cabinet. The cardboard tube keeps the bags contained, and it’s easy to pull one out at a time when you need it.

6. Office Supply Hanger Hack

All you need to turn your existing plastic, metal or wood hanger into clothes-gripping nonslip hanger is a couple of rubber bands. Just wrap a rubber band around each side of the hanger. It helps to twist it around at least two times and spread it out. That’s it! Instant clothes-gripping hanger.

7. Catalog Paint Colors

When it comes time to touch up walls that have been marked or scratched, trying to find the correct paint can on the storage shelf is a huge headache. Even if you do manage to find the correct color for a room, the can may so old and rusted that the paint inside is useless. To make shopping for new cans of my existing paint colors easier, I started taking pictures of the labels and uploading them to the cloud, so I can find them later. Then I bring the photo with me to the store, and the associate can whip up a can of the same color using the ID on the label.

By The family Handman.com

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