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Tips and tricks for an organised home

Tips and tricks for an organised home
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Simplify your life and make finding things effortless with these 40 easy life hacks for organising your home.

Write notes on the washer

Write notes on the washer
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Stop shrinking your jumpers! When you put a load of clothes into your washing machine, use a whiteboard marker to note on the lid which items should not go into the dryer. That way, whoever switches the load from the washing machine to the dryer will know which items to leave out for line drying.

The enamel finish on most washing machine lids is similar to a whiteboard, and whiteboard markers can be removed easily with a dry paper towel.

Here are 16 things you never knew you could put in your washing machine. 

Lazy fix for a disorganised fridge

Lazy fix for a disorganised fridge
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Digging to the back of your fridge to find a certain ingredient is a pain. Instead, use a lazy Susan to bring that food to you! Simply place a lazy Susan on a shelf in your fridge and stock it with condiments and other small containers. Nothing could be easier than spinning your ingredients around to find just what you need.

Here are 20 things personal organisers would never do in their own homes. 

Remember your keys!

Remember your keys!
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You’ll always know where your keys are with this handy hint!

To make Lego keychains:

Start by drilling a hole into the base of a Lego that is slightly smaller than the screw portion of an eyelet screw.

Next, wind the eyelet screw into the Lego. Thread a split ring through the hole and use it to attach keys.

Mount the Lego board to a surface using your preferred method. In this case, we mounted our Lego plate to the wall in our mudroom.

Attach the Lego board to the wall by first marking the desired location for the board and making sure that it is level.

Drill pilot holes in the four corners of the Lego board and into the wall.

To finish, drill screws with small enough heads to fit in between the Lego pegs into the board.

You’ll be so excited to put the Lego on the Lego board that you won’t lose your keys (hopefully) ever again!

Use a pallet to store lawn and garden equipment

Use a pallet to store lawn and garden equipment
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If you have a yard or garden, you know that there are a lot of long-handled tools involved. If you don’t have any pallets lying around, they are easy to get for free. This is a quick one-hour project and after you’re done, your tools will be organised and easy to reach.

You could easily attach this pallet to a fence, shed or to the exposed wall studs in your garage. No matter what you choose, you’ll want to make sure that your screws are long enough to go through both your pallet and the wall you are attaching it to. We drilled two screws into the pallet, one into each exposed wall stud. You won’t need a ton of screws or nails because the pallet isn’t all that heavy.

Organise your coffee pods

Organise your coffee pods
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Coffee pods can be a disaster to keep organised, but this hack uses simple T-moulding as an ideal organisation system for Keurig, Nespresso or any other type of coffee pod. T-moulding is designed for wood floor transitions, and it also makes a perfect storage rack for coffee pods because it has grooves for the pods to slide onto. Prefinished T-moulding is available wherever wood flooring is sold. To start:

Measure the diameter of the top of the coffee pod (to figure out the spacing needed between each piece of moulding).

Cut the T-moulding to the length of your cabinet.

Next, predrill screw holes in the racks and screw them to the underside of a cabinet or shelf.

For a neater look, use brass screws and finish washers.

This T-moulding design also works great for a wine glass storage rack.

These organisational tricks can save you tons of money. 

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Reusable grocery bags

Reusable grocery bags
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Have you ever had a heavy load of groceries that your reusable grocery bag just can’t handle without ripping? Find a scrap piece of plywood lying around your workshop and cut it to the measurements of the base of your reusable grocery bag. Replace the thin plastic insert (so prone to cracking and splitting) with the measured and cut a piece of plywood and place it in the bottom of your reusable grocery bag.

Make tool organisers with gutters

Make tool organisers with gutters
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When I needed to find a new tool storage idea for my garage that would also fit in my new truck bed toolboxes, I discovered this tip: I found a perfectly sized tool bag that I was not using in my garage, but it lacked compartments that my larger tool bag has. I like to keep my tools organised in a way that I can see all my tools at once and so I can reach in to get a tool without having to empty the entire bag to get to it.

I looked around my shed to see what I could use to divide the tool bag into sections, and I found a section of PVC gutter downspout that fit the bill perfectly. I carefully cut the downspout into 12cm lengths using my mitre saw. Then I arranged them vertically in a grid pattern inside the tool bag and glued them together. — Bert Jandy

PVC razor organiser

PVC razor organiser
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Make this simple razor organiser with a small piece of 2.5cm PVC pipe.

Cut the pipe into lengths that are just larger than your razors, then glue them together with hot glue.

That’s it! You can make as many razor slots as your family needs. To be even more organised, colour code or write names on each piece of pipe so your family members know which razor is theirs. You could also add a bead of hot glue along the bottom of the assembled piece to secure it to your cabinet or drawer.

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Bathroom drawer insert from the kitchen

Bathroom drawer insert from the kitchen
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Cabinets and drawers in the bathroom can become cluttered and disorganised very quickly because of all of the small items that need to be stored there. To keep bathroom drawers neat and organised, look no further than the kitchen! You can use a silverware drawer insert to organise a bathroom drawer, too.

The long compartments in a silverware organiser are the perfect size for storing toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste. Medium-size compartments are great for disposable razors or clippers, and the small compartments work well for corralling lip balm, floss containers, etc.

Decluttering is also a powerful organisational tool. Here are 43 things to get rid of in the next 43 days.

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