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21 Ways to Organize Small Things

When Spring cleaning, moving, or just doing a general deep clean, do you find yourself with many tiny things you can’t keep together? Here are many ways to organize small things!

From toenail clippers to cleaning bottles, I’ve covered the basics of keeping your smallest items in order.

As always, everything is easily doable and price-friendly, and many tricks can be done in a renter-friendly space, too.

Most hacks only take a bit of installation and can be done within a few minutes to under half an hour.

I hope you enjoy this post and find some inspiration or tricks you will try! Please feel free to share any fun ideas you use in your life, and let me know if you try any of these.

And now, onto the post!

Organization Ideas for Small Items

1. Store Tiny Items in Silicone Cupcake Liners

silicone cupcake liners

Have some small odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere nicely? Grab some of these adorable silicone cupcake liners and pop them in as organizers for your smallest desk drawer items.

2. Corral Your Hair Ties with a Carabiner

corral hair ties with carabiner

Keep your hair ties all tied up in a carabiner. By adding them into one secure place, you’ll always have supplies and know just where to find them.

This DIY magnetic organizer will also help you get organized!

3. Save Your Scrap Yarn on Clothespins

scrap yarn on clothespins

Have tails of yarn that are no longer big enough to sit independently in your supply bin? Wrap it into a clothespin so it’s less likely to unravel and get tangled with all the other bits.

4. Screw Jar Lids into the Wooden Shelf

screw jar lids on shelf

For small, regularly used items–like screws, thumbtacks, etc. try this hack out.

Screw lids onto the underside of a wooden shelf, grab the corresponding jars with small items and attach them to the lids.

5. Use a Mint Container as a Bobby Pin Case

Mint Container as a Bobby Pin Case

Like hair ties, bobby pins can have the same effect–they’re everywhere except the places where you need them.

A container that is absolutely perfect for them is a Tic Tac container (once emptied).

Check out these other super cheap organizing ideas.

6. Store Paper Cups in a Jar

Store Paper Cups in a Jar

Paper cups for baking or crafts can get messy fast in the cabinet or drawer, so grab a latchable jar like this one. all your cups can live happily together in a completely organized place.

Store Laundry Pods in a Cookie Jar

Adding your cleaning pods into a fun cookie jar is a wonderful way to add some fun to your laundry room without doing too much.

Opt for one that works for you and your home, whether a minimalist option like this or your favorite cartoon character.

8. Keep Sewing Items in an Egg Carton

Keep Sewing Items in an Egg Carton

Not a major sewer, but do you have enough material to need a space for it?

Look no further than a morning staple container–an egg container works beautifully, and you can reshape it to fill your needs.

9. Pair Your Earrings Up in an Ice Cube Tray

Pair Your Earrings Up in an Ice Cube Tray

Have a lot of earrings and need more space? Grab an ice cube tray like this one.

This DIY earring organizer works perfectly to pair each earring with its partner in a safe, undisturbed place, ensuring you’ll find the pair you’re looking for.

10. Sort Plastic Lids by Size

Sort Plastic Lids by Size

Tupperware drawers or cabinets can be the stuff of nightmares. A great option that is half the game is organizing the lids.

Do it by size, and add them to a pot lid rack if you have room.

11. Use a Tension Rod to Hang Straighteners

Use a Tension Rod to Hang Straighteners

Bathroom tools always seem to be in the way. One of the best hacks I’ve found for them is to hang them by a tension rod in whatever space you keep them.

12. Use Rubber Bands to Hold Up Cosmetic Products

Use Rubber Bands to Hold Up Cosmetic Products

If you’re always looking through your cosmetic products and they are flying, try adding some rubber bands for structure.

Add rubber bands or grab a container that allows rubber bands to support an organized health and beauty area.

13. Group Nail Polish by Color in a Shoe Organizer

Group Nail Polish by Color in a Shoe Organizer

We have a shoe organizer if you’re a nail polish lover and have so many you can’t sort through them all!

It’s best with an organizer with clear pockets because you need to see each pocket when organizing by color.

You might also find this DIY makeup organizer useful!

14. Hang Your Purses with Shower Curtain Hooks

Hang Your Purses with Shower Curtain Hooks

With small closets or cabinets, storage can get tight quickly.

A great option for your purses or bags is to hang them with shower curtain hooks–it saves you space and can find all of your things easier.

15. Add a Magnetic  Strip to Your Wall

Add a Magnetic  Strip to Your Wall

This magnetic bar is necessary for those tiny essentials you can never seem to find twice in the same place. No more looking for the tweezers in every corner of the bathroom.

16. Sort Small Office Supplies into Muffin Cups

Small Office Supplies into Muffin Cups

If you have the drawer space or area to organize all of your office supplies, grab a muffin tin. The best part is it’s all easily transportable and doesn’t make a mess.

17. Use a Plastic Compartment Box for Underwear

Plastic Compartment Box for Underwear

Undergarment drawers normally kind of always get messy quickly. Implement a sorter to keep all of your undies organized and neat from here on out.

18. Use a Tension Rod to Hang Spray Bottles

Tension Rod to Hang Spray Bottles

Underneath the sink, cleaning materials are another culprit that always seems to be a messy zone.

One way to add to its organization is by hanging a tension rod to suspend the cleaning bottles above everything else in an orderly fashion.

19. Use Hooks to Create a Sponge Station

Use Hooks to Create a Sponge Station

By adding hooks to strategic parts of your kitchen, you can add great little sponge stations.

Anything from sponges to rubber gloves is fair game, and you can always have a home to return everything to out of the way.

Check out these handy Command hook hacks for your home!

20. Use a Toilet Paper Roll to Keep Stationary in Place

Use a Toilet Paper Roll to Keep Stationary in Place

Need something to anchor your stationery? Grab a paper toilet roll the next time you use one up, and add it as a makeshift bookend to your paper.

It helps barricade the space while being easily moveable when you need to grab your stationery.

21. Store DVDs in Boxes

Store DVDs in Boxes

Although DVDs are somewhat of a thing of the past, I think many of us still have a small collection of favorites, especially those of you who are movie buffs!

A box or structured container is a great compact option if you don’t have space to display your movies.