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post #1 of 76
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I would love to see pics of your best Storage Solution.

I am always looking for better ways/ideas of doing things.

For example I have yet to find a solution that I am happy with for organizing all my cleaning supplies

However, my office is really organized -- and I love the solution we came up with this year. Its an Expedit System from Ikea. There are 25 slots and each one is quite large

http://www.flickr.com/photos/33115867@N06/3086243836


I would love to see a picture of your best solution :
post #2 of 76
I love that! Did it come with all the boxes or did you add those?

I don't have a picture of this yet, but my new favorite storage solution is replacing all the plastic storage containers of odd sizes in the kitchen with simple glass canning jars. They fit much better in the cupboard, they look so clean and nice and they are great for storing leftovers. I'm still in the process of getting rid of all the plastic. Some of that pricey Tupperware is hard to let go.
post #3 of 76
OK, I don't have any pics, and this is such a tiny little thing, but it does solve a problem!

Inside the door of the laundry closet, I have a medium-sized bulletin board. I hang all the stray socks on it so I can easily see when a match comes through the laundry.

There's my teeny tiny contribution to order in MDC homes everywhere.
post #4 of 76
I just don't have that much that would even rate a storage solution. I keep everything fairly basic so there's just not a need.


I do like to see other people's pics, though.
post #5 of 76
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Originally Posted by UptownZoo View Post
OK, I don't have any pics, and this is such a tiny little thing, but it does solve a problem!

Inside the door of the laundry closet, I have a medium-sized bulletin board. I hang all the stray socks on it so I can easily see when a match comes through the laundry.

There's my teeny tiny contribution to order in MDC homes everywhere.
HA! omg what a fantastic idea!!!! never would have occurred to me in a gazillion years.
post #6 of 76
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Originally Posted by UptownZoo View Post
OK, I don't have any pics, and this is such a tiny little thing, but it does solve a problem!

Inside the door of the laundry closet, I have a medium-sized bulletin board. I hang all the stray socks on it so I can easily see when a match comes through the laundry.

There's my teeny tiny contribution to order in MDC homes everywhere.

Great Idea!!

It was a real pet peave of mine years ago --- I used to spend way to much time sorting socks ... so one day I just got fed up .... got rid of all of our socks and bought several packages all the same of black and white. Put a big wicker trunk in our upstairs hallway and all the socks are in it. when I am doing laundry I no longer match socks .. dont need to .. they are all the same ... I just dump them in there and we all just grab our socks from there.

looks similar to this : http://images.netshops.com/mgen/masterCR003.jpg
post #7 of 76
peppermint leaf: i've often thought of doing that, and for the most part we have mostly the same socks for the adults (although i do have some cute ones that are not the same as the rest LOL) but for little Ava, she LOVES fancy/different/special socks. Rowan's socks are all the same so it's not a big deal but they look similar to ours though obviously much smaller. anyway, somehow that idea never quite worked for us...though i certainly see the value in it and if you can make it work for your family, awesome!
post #8 of 76
I can't say I'm organized at all. One of my biggest hopes this year is to have my new house organized completely...even if I have to hire someone. I'll definitely be sticking to this thread and keeping the ideas I like!

One thing for socks I did and it really worked that time is this.... Hanes at one time (not sure if they still do though cause I haven't bought them lately) had different colored where it says "Hanes" on the bottom of each size sock. This allowed us to all know our color and the socks were so much easier to pair! I should do it this way again next time we're buying socks.

I saw a pant trolley the other day online at an organizing store. I thought that is a great idea for pants and will get or make one in the year. This would go a long way towards organizing pants for us, which would help the whole clothes thing.

I love, love, love the socks on the bulletin board idea! s
post #9 of 76
Loving these ideas! I wish there was an Ikea here! Even a couple hours away would be okay, I think Phoenix is the closest and it's 6+ hours.

Peppermint, I'd totally copy your idea- it would work so well on our landing/loft area!
post #10 of 76
this is mine...... my "wall of chaos"

i've shown this photo before, so if it's a repeat, i apologize. but this is the organizational area in my home that is the most helpful to me. i keep EVERYTHING here (not bills or that sort of stuff)........kids schedules, school calendar, etc. and all notes/chores/etc. are jotted down on the chalkboard. i always know where to find everything!
post #11 of 76
I love that idea! Where did you get the magnetic chalkboard? My papers are always EVERYWHERE!
post #12 of 76
I find that by having all my socks be radically different, they're easy to sort. That, and I just prefer the stripey socks with toes and monkeys on them, etc.
post #13 of 76
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I love that idea! Where did you get the magnetic chalkboard? My papers are always EVERYWHERE!
thanks! first we painted about 7 coats of magnetic paint directly on our wall, and then topped it off with about 5 coats of chalkboard paint. i love the versatility of it. we switch things around all the time.
post #14 of 76
Must sub to this thread. Love the ideas so far!

Here are two of my bathroom organization methods that aren't necessarily beautiful but are certainly functional.

Over-door shoe organizer hanging in bathroom to organize toiletries / vitamins / etc. Mine hangs from my shower wall. Could easily hang from a door, too.
http://www.somanyjoys.com/2007/02/wf...anization.html


Dish Drainer in shower to hold shampoo / conditioner / shaving stuff / etc. so that I can just take that out to clean and not have to move around a dozen bottles.
http://www.somanyjoys.com/2007/06/wf...wer-stuff.html
post #15 of 76
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Originally Posted by UptownZoo View Post
OK, I don't have any pics, and this is such a tiny little thing, but it does solve a problem!

Inside the door of the laundry closet, I have a medium-sized bulletin board. I hang all the stray socks on it so I can easily see when a match comes through the laundry.

There's my teeny tiny contribution to order in MDC homes everywhere.
You just gave me my best Christmas gift of the year!
post #16 of 76
I just went to Ikea yesterday and got the expedit bookcases (2) of the 8 section ones and I am redoing my playroom and living room. I will try and post some pics if you want.
post #17 of 76
My best organization solution is 3M Command Hooks. I use them everywhere. They make some nice brushed metal ones that I use on the back of my front door and they are super stong. I have one for the keys so as soon as we come in the keys are put there. I also have 4 low ones that I put the kids jackets on. That way they can do it themselves and my entrance way stays more organized.
post #18 of 76
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My best organization solution is 3M Command Hooks. I use them everywhere. They make some nice brushed metal ones that I use on the back of my front door and they are super stong. I have one for the keys so as soon as we come in the keys are put there. I also have 4 low ones that I put the kids jackets on. That way they can do it themselves and my entrance way stays more organized.

are those the ones that are also easy to remove and place somewhere else?

I have always wanted to buy them

are they strong enough for heavy winter coats??
post #19 of 76
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Originally Posted by Peppermint Leaf View Post
are those the ones that are also easy to remove and place somewhere else?

I have always wanted to buy them

are they strong enough for heavy winter coats??
Yes, they are easy to remove and usually don't leave a mark but I have had a few break when I remove them. They have diffrent sizes that can handle different weights. At my other house I used one for my diaper bag and it held it. I also use one for my bathrobe and for towels and they strong enough. The only downside is the big ones can be expensive ($10-12/piece) but I'm addicted to these products. They really work.
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