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Polly’s Picks: 45 BEST Home Organizational & Household Tips Tricks & Tutorials

My next project will be to clean my garage and paint it turquoise—because it’s just plain pretty!  To see a tutorial click on the link.  Have fun!

1.  Entire house tour of before & after of every room brightened, lightened, organized.  http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/01/iheart-my-home-home-tour.html

#2  How to organize your garage step by step.  http://www.thestoragecabinet.com/2010/10/25/organize-garage/

#3.  Organize your outdoor shed.  http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/organization-basics/make-organizing-fun/?rb=Y#page=17

#4.  Organize a junk drawer.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthew_moss/4209399652/

#5.  Organize your plants and make these containers with this tutorial.  http://lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Hypertufa_Pots.aspx

6.   Organize a shop.  http://www.thestoragecabinet.com/2010/10/25/organize-garage/

7.  Make a dryer top ironing board with this tutorial.  http://www.acraftyfox.net/tutorial/freedom-of-the-press/

8.  Organize your laundry room with this tutorial.  http://mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com/2012/04/laundry-room-organization.html

9.  Make an organizational chalkboard wall with this tutorial.  http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2012/12/reader-space-our-fifth-organized-house.html?m=1

10.  Make $10 photo ledges with this tutorial.  http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/ten-dollar-ledges

11.  Make a clothes rack with basket tutorial.  http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/projects/simple-clothing-rack/

12.  Keep brown sugar soft.  http://storageandglee.blogspot.com/2010/06/another-way-brown-sugar.html

13.  Make a Pebble Door Mat with this tutorial.  http://www.curbly.com/users/lilybee/posts/4838-Pebble-Mat

14.  You can build and install these under sink pull out drawers with this tutorial.  http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Kitchen-Storage/how-to-build-kitchen-sink-storage-trays/Step-By-Step

 15.  Fix wire pantry shelves with this tutorial.  http://www.thekranzfamily.blogspot.com/2012/02/tuesdays-tip_14.html

 

16.  Make a scarf organizer with Dollar Store supplies and this tutorial.  http://irinascutebox.blogspot.com/2012/12/inexpensive-scarves-holder-idea.html

17.  Make a six pack carrier with this tutorial.  http://catonalimb.blogspot.com/2011/09/trash-to-tool-caddy-using-six-pack.html

 

18.  Tile under your sinks for easier clean up.  http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Organization/Bathroom-Storage/diy-bathroom-storage#step7

19.  Make a chalkboard on a door with this tutorial.  http://www.tealandlime.com/2011/07/easy-chalkboard-door/

20.  Many organizational ideas for all over the house using baskets, bins, and boxes.  http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/07/boxes-bins-baskets-and-more-storage.html 

 

21.  Organizing a crafting space.  http://scrapmomsmusings.blogspot.com/2010/06/where-i-create.html

22.  Organize gift wrapping supplies tutorial.  http://choosecraftiness.blogspot.com/2011/06/gift-wrap-organizer.html

 

23.  Tips on organizing the garage from the Container Store.  http://www.containerstore.com/tip/roomGarage/garage

 

24.  Organize the fridge tutorial.  http://www.goodbyehousehellohome.com/2011/04/so-i-organized-my-refrigerator.html

25.  Organize your bath counter with upcycled jars and assembled lids from Dollar Tree components all for $2.   http://www.mrspollyrogers.com/2013/02/4-containers-2-make-them-today/

26.  Cork board tutorial.  http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/11/somebody-put-a-cork-in-us/

27.  Free up a drawer.  http://www.chicaandjo.com/2009/06/15/scrapbook-paper-organizers-in-the-kitchen/

28.  Convert Mason jars.  http://thecraftpatch.blogspot.com/2011/09/convert-old-canning-jars.html

29.  Labeling is a good thing!  http://justsomethingimade.com/2008/09/a-charging-station/

30.  Magnetic strips in bathroom.  http://sprwmn.blogspot.com/2010/11/2-minute-bathroom-organization.html

 

31.  Make a phone charging station with this tutorial.  http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/12/holder-for-charging-cell-phone-made-from-lotion-bottle.html

32.  How to organize your pantry perfectly, and use pencil holders effectively!  http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2012/02/less-mess-project-pantry-reveal/

33.  Boiling eggs?  Use the water this way after it’s cooled.  http://howtoreuseitcreatively.com/quick-tip/quick-tip-boil-egg/

 

34.  Hang earrings on chain tutorial.  http://cleverlyinspired.blogspot.com/2011/09/dangling-earring-organizerfor-2.html

 

35.  Keep flies away naturally and non-toxicly when eating outside.  http://www.creativetimeforme.com/2011/08/fridays-tip-of-day-episode-227.html

 

36.  Make your own Fridge Mats with this tutorial.  http://www.itsanorganizedchaos.com/tutorials/day-3-the-coolest-spot-in-the-house-just-became-even-cooler-fridge-coasters-tutorial/

 

37.  9 reasons to always have Epson Salts on hand.  http://www.ehow.com/how_4887228_epsom-salt-number-of-ways.html

38.  Make your own non-toxic sticky label remover.  http://www.rosybluhandmade.com/2012/03/05/diy-gunk-remover-easy-recipe-to-remove-sticky-adhesive-residue/

39.  Clean sliding glass door tracks beautifully.  http://askannamoseley.com/2012/04/spring-cleaning-washing-windows-more/

 

40.  Sew your own door organizer with this tutorial.  http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2011/10/organizedhome-day-7-diy-pocket.html

41.  31 Things you can freeze to save time & money.  http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/10/31-things-you-can-freeze-to-save-time-and-money.html

42.  Clean baking pans with dryer sheets.  http://theautocrathaley.blogspot.com/2011/08/cleaning-cupcake-pans.html

 

43.  Several techniques to get old candles out of glass jars.  http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2012/03/08/jars-for-things/

44.  Get scratches off dishes.  http://momoutnumbered.blogspot.com/2012/01/look-inside-my-cupboards.html

 

45.  Keep baseboards clean with fabric softener sheets.  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/quick-cleaning-tip-keep-baseboards-cleaner-with-fabric-softner-165957

I can do that!  And you can, too!

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  1. louisa

    I just wanted to add a word of ‘caution’ on some of the tips. Any of the tips that involve dryer sheets needs to be carefully considered if you have pets in the home. Dryer sheets are toxic to dogs and cats. Otherwise, I found all you advice to be thought-provoking and I will be utilizing some of them this weekend :-) Thanks!

    http://laundry.about.com/od/laundryproductsafety/qt/petsdryersheet.htm

    • mrspollyrogers

      Thank you so much for this warning, Louisa! I hope that everyone with pets will be cautious. There ARE NON-TOXIC ORGANIC dryer sheets available on-line and in grocery stores.

      Thanks again, Louisa.

      Fondly,
      Polly

    • c

      Thankfully, my animals have never eaten the dryer sheets, but I will say that rubbing them on the surface will help slowing down dust build up on your boards and walls.

      I use this technique always in my bathroom, which is perfect because my animals are afraid of it anyway.

  2. Daria Wilson

    Thanks for all the great ideas!!! Call me crazy, but I just organized my fridge too!! My fridge looks great thanks to your ideas! What made it even easier to do, I have the same fridge in the pic! May God bless you and your family and continue to use you to help others = )

  3. Jami

    A million thanks for all these amazing and helpful tips! I need to get my list started and get busy incorporating them in my house.

  4. Jackie

    Great roundup! I need to implement all of these projects. Thank you for including my chalkboard door tutorial!

  5. Charlotte

    Thanks so much for posting all these amazing tips! You have inspired me to get up, get busy, and put many of these tips to use. I will definitely keep coming back to this website for more amazing ideas! Thank you!!!!

    • mrspollyrogers

      Aren’t you sweet for saying Charlotte! You can sign up so that you’re notified when the next post is up by filing in the form at the left, or clicking on the two arcs and a dot at the upper right of this page. And please come join my great group on Facebook (“F” icon at the top right). We have a fun time there!

      Fondly,
      Polly

  6. Greta

    i was wondering if you had any tips on how to clean the mold that gets between the shower door and the caulking and the glass….i’m about to just go buy new doors (maybe the frameless kind)

    • mrspollyrogers

      Hi Greta,

      The biggest tip I have (and most non-toxic) one I have is to keep a squeegee in the shower and use it to remove any water on walls and door after each shower. Don’t let mold get a chance to grow in the first place. That probably doesn’t help get rid of what you have right now. But once you’ve cleaned, it will keep that mold at bay. Anyone else have a tip for Greta?

      I really like the frameless shower doors because they are beautiful, but there are still places for mold to grow around door hinges and the bottom flange. I’d still squeegee off the entire shower, even with a frameless door.

      Fondly,
      Polly

    • Janis

      Greta, I found that using white vinegar really helps me keep the mold and mildew away. I spray around the tub and tiles about once a week. It has totally changed the problems I have had in the past. I used it on my mother’s shower doors when I was staying with her. The vinegar kills it. So once you get it all cleaned out, keep using the vinegar spray and it will really help!

    • Julie

      Soak cotton balls or strips of cotton (sold in beauty supply stores) in bleach. Lay the cotton on the mold for awhile (I did it overnight), remove the cotton strips and the mold should be gone too!! Stays clean for a long time too!

  7. JoAnna

    I was wondering if contact paper would work in the fridge project as well?

    • mrspollyrogers

      Hmmmm, that’s an interesting idea, JoAnna. Are you talking about lining the shelves? I think I’d prefer not to use contact paper in the fridge because there could be a problem with peeling up on the sides and the possibility of food particles collecting there. And when that happens it could be really difficult to clean. Removing it could also be a problem. I prefer to use something that can be easily removed and cleaned.

      Fondly,
      Polly

  8. Irma

    I’m looking for the over the door organizer @ Home Depot. I did not find it. Did you purchase it a long time ago? What section was it in. I only found over the door shoe organizers.
    Thank you
    Irma

  9. Suzy

    I really enjoyed all of your organizing and cleaning ideas. I will pin this and return often. Feel free to send me more by email if you wish.

    • mrspollyrogers

      Thank you so much, Suzy! You may follow my blog two ways, by filling in your email in the form at the left or by clicking the three arcs and a dot icon at the top right of the page. I’m also on Facebook (you can follow there, too by clicking the “F” icon at the top right of this page.)

      So nice of you to stop by and leave such a nice note!

      Fondly,
      Polly

  10. Catherine

    Thank you so much for including my six-pack tool caddy in this great list. I’m definitely pinning this and have plans to use several of the ideas! Thanks again!

    • mrspollyrogers

      It’s FANTASTIC, Catherine, I absolutely love it and know that everyone else does, too! It’s clever and well done. So glad you like the other tips as well!

      Fondly,
      Polly

  11. Diane

    I love these tips! We are building a new house and I plan to use many of the tips throughout the house to organize and make things easier for all of us. Thank you for publishing!

    • mrspollyrogers

      You are ENTIRELY welcome, Diane! There are a lot more tips and tricks coming so I hope you’ll follow along. You can also join me on my Facebook page by clicking on the “F” icon above!

      Thanks so much for your kind words, they are appreciated!

      Fondly,
      Polly

  12. Linda

    Thanks for organizing and sharing all the wonderful tips!!!

    • mrspollyrogers

      Thanks so much, Linda!! I hope you’ll join me on my FaceBook page, too! Just click on the “F” icon above right and it will take you there.

      Fondly,
      Polly

  13. Martha

    Love love love ‘em! I need a whole month off from work to do Every One Of These! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Debbie from Illinois

    Wow! Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

  15. Stephanie

    This is a wonderful website… I will be pinning and visiting it often

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