If you’re like me, you spend half the day on a mission to find the second missing sock, torturing your family members with never-ending "have you seen" questions about this and that, trapping yourself in the eternal "lost and found" limbo. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way, so bear with us.

Bored Panda has compiled a list full of practical and super simple ideas that will give your home (and soul) some much-needed order. From making an "eat me first" bin in your fridge to making a magnetic organizer for your makeup to mount on the wall, this is something you wanna take notes on and thank us later.

At the end of the day, there’s enough chaos in this world already, so the last thing you want is having it at home.

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My Synesthesia Means That I Remember Books Better By Their Color Than By Title Or Author, So This Is What Happens When I Have Enough Shelf Space

My Synesthesia Means That I Remember Books Better By Their Color Than By Title Or Author, So This Is What Happens When I Have Enough Shelf Space

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Beautiful.

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Keep Matching Bedsheets And Covers Inside The Pillowcase

Keep Matching Bedsheets And Covers Inside The Pillowcase

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EA
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1 month ago

Good idea. Just need to learn how to fold the sheets so neatly first tho...

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Showed My Sister The Joy Of Konmari! She Asked For Help With Her Linen Closet And I Think We Did A Great Job Even With Her Wanting To Keep A Little Too Much

Showed My Sister The Joy Of Konmari! She Asked For Help With Her Linen Closet And I Think We Did A Great Job Even With Her Wanting To Keep A Little Too Much

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Sabse
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1 month ago

Hey! She won some space in the upper right!

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For many, organizing their homes can be a truly daunting task. When you look around, it may become overwhelming and we’re stuck in a "to do" list limbo, unsure where exactly to start.

To find out more about organizing our homes like a pro, Bored Panda reached out to Erin Mursch, a certified KonMari consultant and founder of “Organized For Good.” Erin said that the first thing you want to do after deciding it’s time for a change is getting clear on your "why."

“It's one thing to acknowledge you're not satisfied with the status quo, it's another to have a clear vision of the life that awaits you after your space is completely organized.”

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With Quarantine In Order, There Is Lots Of Time To Tackle My Craft Corner. It Took A While, But... My Embroidery Yarn Spark(Le)s So Much Joy Now

With Quarantine In Order, There Is Lots Of Time To Tackle My Craft Corner. It Took A While, But... My Embroidery Yarn Spark(Le)s So Much Joy Now

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Oh boy does this take ages. I spent hours doing this when I used to cross stitch.

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#5

Hang An Office File Organizer On The Inside Of Your Tupperware Cabinet To Keep Up With The Lids

Hang An Office File Organizer On The Inside Of Your Tupperware Cabinet To Keep Up With The Lids

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Wolfik
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1 month ago

This is brilliant.

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My Grandpa Uses The Actual Hardware For Labeling The Drawers

My Grandpa Uses The Actual Hardware For Labeling The Drawers

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Great idea. Though I’d have to keep the original colour of the hardware (rather than painting it to match the colour of the drawer) as it would confuse my eyes.

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The organizing expert suggested asking yourself questions like “once your home is tidy, what will your daily routine look like? What activities will you enjoy doing in your home?” They should help you to come up with a clear vision of the finish line, which “makes you much more likely to get there and keep your home organized for good.” Only once you feel connected to the vision in front of you, you may begin the physical work of organizing.

Erin said that despite the trend of Instagram-worthy pantries and playrooms of the rich and famous, you don't need to spend a lot of money to tidy your home. “Time and energy is really all it takes. One of the biggest mistakes I see is planning storage too soon. Buying containers, dividers, and other organizing products is usually not necessary when you begin by eliminating what you no longer use and love.”

#7

An Easy Way To Organize Your Cables And Prevent Them From Getting Tangled

An Easy Way To Organize Your Cables And Prevent Them From Getting Tangled

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Kaspar Kristiansen
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1 month ago

I use this sorting now, and there was sooo many cables that could be thrown out, because there was too many of a kind.

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#8

DIY Pantry Door Spice Rack

DIY Pantry Door Spice Rack

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

Great idea! Just need a pantry now.

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#9

Attic Storage…fantastic Idea For Organizing Holiday Decor

Attic Storage…fantastic Idea For Organizing Holiday Decor

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

Good use of space where you can’t put stuff on the floor.

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The expert suggests always reusing storage containers you already have, or using simple boxes as dividers inside drawers. “For example, shoe boxes without lids work well to support clothing folded vertically inside drawers, and iPhone boxes are the perfect size to organize small items within drawers of bathrooms or office desks,” Erin suggested.

Erin explained that the key is decluttering and organizing thoroughly. “If you focus on keeping only items that support your ideal life, then your home will certainly stay organized longer, and you'll automatically become more mindful of what you bring into your home,” she said.

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Old Book-Ends Keep My Shirts Tidy As I Approach Laundry Day And My Drawer Gets Emptier

Old Book-Ends Keep My Shirts Tidy As I Approach Laundry Day And My Drawer Gets Emptier

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Francis
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay i gonna try this out! i already store my shirts folded like that, but when it gets empty, it also gets messy

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I Konmari’d The Fridge. Each Bin Is A Dinner! I Put Together All The Ingredients So I Can Just Pull Out A Bin And Everything Is Right There

I Konmari’d The Fridge. Each Bin Is A Dinner! I Put Together All The Ingredients So I Can Just Pull Out A Bin And Everything Is Right There

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Stille20
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1 month ago (edited)

There are a lot of reasons not to do this. Certain foods are better not store together. They will go bad faster. (Also don't put tomatoes this the fridge.) Its inefficient space wise.... but maybe it just works for this person.

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#12

My Vertical Tea Station

My Vertical Tea Station

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

That’s lovely! I will put something like this in my guest bedroom (already have an organiser thing in my kitchen).

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However, Erin warns us to keep in mind that some things like like laundry or dishes will never be done, so mastering those habits is key. “Don't beat yourself up if things get out of place every once in a while, and 'don't let perfect be the enemy of good' is a Voltaire quote I find myself repeating often.” Start from a simple sweep, and return items to their space so things get back in order.

“The essence of being organized is having a home for everything and returning an item to its rightful home after each use. Toothbrush back in the drawer, coat back on the hook or in the closet, toys in the basket, books on the shelf. It is simple, but does require consistent effort,” Erin concluded.

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If You're Moving, You Can Use This Method To Easily Transport All The Clothes That You Hang

If You're Moving, You Can Use This Method To Easily Transport All The Clothes That You Hang

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Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Genius!

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#14

Create Non-Slip Hangers With Hot Glue

Create Non-Slip Hangers With Hot Glue

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

Ooh, I definitely need to remember this.

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#15

Cut Dollar Store Pool Noodles Into Quarters To Keep Your Boots Upright In The Floor Of Your Closet

Cut Dollar Store Pool Noodles Into Quarters To Keep Your Boots Upright In The Floor Of Your Closet

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Red rockin lobster
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1 month ago

Wow, more impressive are the three types of boots in different colors

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#16

A Drying Rack That Rolls Out To Sit Over Your Sink

A Drying Rack That Rolls Out To Sit Over Your Sink

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LuckyL
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1 month ago

This is so cool

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#17

Label Your Cords

Label Your Cords

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Malene
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1 month ago

I use washi tape. It very rare to find that kind of "tags" in our contry now, because of reducing of plastic waste .

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#18

I Stole This One From My Mom

I Stole This One From My Mom

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Sabse
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1 month ago

Oh dear, so many different cleaning agents?

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#19

Thought You Might Like To See How I Store My Stud Earrings

Thought You Might Like To See How I Store My Stud Earrings

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Tired-Panda
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1 month ago

This reminds me of the sheets of stick on earrings you'd get as kids (at least in the 90s and early 00s)

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#20

Mount Coat Hooks Near The Door To Create A Handy Shoe Rack

Mount Coat Hooks Near The Door To Create A Handy Shoe Rack

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Sabse
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1 month ago

I do not want to know how the wall will look like after 6 months...

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#21

I Was Growing Sick Of Always Having To Lift All The Plates To Get To The Larger Ones

I Was Growing Sick Of Always Having To Lift All The Plates To Get To The Larger Ones

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Sunny Night
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1 month ago

Lots of kitchens here in Spain have a drying rack above the sink in the cabinet. It's a similar idea to this but there is no bottom shelve underneath the rack so it can dry in the cupboard.

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#22

Stash Under-Bed Storage Bins In Your Deepest Cabinets To Make Everything Accessible, Even In The Back Of The Cabinets

Stash Under-Bed Storage Bins In Your Deepest Cabinets To Make Everything Accessible, Even In The Back Of The Cabinets

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Aunt Messy
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1 month ago

Or even better, you can buy rolling shelves made of stainless steel at the Container Store and mount them inside your cabinets. They're sturdy enough that if you move or redo your kitchen you can take them out and reuse them.

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#23

Keep Cables Cleaned Up With Binder Clips

Keep Cables Cleaned Up With Binder Clips

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Community Member
1 month ago

You can also do this with pens!

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#24

Create An "Eat Me First" Bin In Your Fridge Or Your Pantry (Or Both!) To Help Cut Down On Food Waste

Create An "Eat Me First" Bin In Your Fridge Or Your Pantry (Or Both!) To Help Cut Down On Food Waste

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

You just need to remember to move them from the "regular" shelf to the "eat me first" one before the expiration date!

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#25

Two Dowels For Mounting Rolls Of Trash Bags Under Your Sink

Two Dowels For Mounting Rolls Of Trash Bags Under Your Sink

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Chrissie M.
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1 month ago

Interesting idea, but my kinds of plastic bag rolls don't have a hole in them.

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#26

Hang Rain Gutter Shelves To Store Kids Books

Hang Rain Gutter Shelves To Store Kids Books

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 month ago

We use IKEA spice racks for this. Paint them bright colours, put a chair underneath and you have a great reading corner.

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#27

Wrangle Your Freezer Bags With Binder Clips

Wrangle Your Freezer Bags With Binder Clips

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Torchicachu
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1 month ago

that might be annoying to get off tho..

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#28

Instead Of Tossing Out Your Old Egg Cartons, Try This Out

Instead Of Tossing Out Your Old Egg Cartons, Try This Out

Store the squeeze bottles upside down in an egg carton. It not only keeps them organized and sliding around the fridge, but also helps you to squeeze them easily when you need.

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 month ago

No not with egg boxes they get skanky. Use an old ice cube tray and that way when a bottle leaks (as they’re prone to do) you can easily wash and reuse.

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#29

Group Together Books You Haven’t Read Yet

Group Together Books You Haven’t Read Yet

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Foxxy (The Original)
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1 month ago

I do this. I have a shelf just for books that I have read and want to keep and a shelf for unread books. I donate the books that I have read and no longer want.

Stephen Wade
Community Member
1 month ago

I can never get rid of books... 😔

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Jo Morris
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a pile of unread books on my bedside table ... and in my bedside table ... and every so often I go through them to donate any I no longer want to read. The pile grows more quickly than I read, because library books and the internet slow down the process. I've enough books still to be read to last me a lifetime (plus the ones I've already read that I want to read again). Too many books, too little time!

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

I have soooo many books it is ridiculous and that doesn’t include the ones I have on my kindle, yet if I go op shopping I always come home with at least two books lol.

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Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
1 month ago

I used to do this, and then I ran out of space so I had to just put things where they fit. I know what books that I have read though, so 'm good.

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 month ago

We have some of the same books LOL!

Carole Reid
Community Member
1 month ago

Off topic but I got that cart from Michael's in blue. I use it for my latest cross stitch project. They are reasonably priced, a cinch to put together, sturdy and roll smoothly. There is no end to the things you can use them for. A reading or writing project is a great idea.

Vicky Zar
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1 month ago

Does anyone know what the book series on the bottom is? It looks interesting(and a bit familiar) but I can't see them properly.

PodgyPigeon
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like harry potter

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Banjo Peppers
Community Member
1 month ago

That only works if you’ve got like 20 books. 98% of my personal collection hasn’t been read yet, and that’s like 200 books.

Alan Paul
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1 month ago

even better, get a kindle. All your space will be freed up.

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#30

A Coffee Measuring Spoon That Doubles As A Clip For Your Bag Of Beans

A Coffee Measuring Spoon That Doubles As A Clip For Your Bag Of Beans

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Gogubaci
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1 month ago

these are fantastic, I have 2

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