DIY Home Hacks That Are Actually Useful

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No matter what your living situation is, there’s always something that can be done to make life there a little easier. You feel like you’ve read every hack on the whole internet, but you haven’t read these yet. Messy husband? Disorganized roommate? Slobby teen? Or maybe you live alone and have a penchant for leaving a trail of clothes around your apartment because you’re lazy. Listen, we’re not here to judge, we’re here to help. At least one thing in this list is going to change your life for the better.

So what are you doing? Get to scrolling and fix your life!

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Maybe you do — and that’s great! But just in case you’re a little less than thrilled to constantly be cleaning, here are a few hacks to keep your home life tidier, more organized, and just all-around less stressful.

Use washi tape to add labels to the various cables plugged into a power strip. That way, if you ever need to unplug something, you can do so without accidentally cutting out the Internet or TV!

They come in a variety of colors and are tear-resistant. So even if they get tripped over, they’ll never fall off. And they’re compatible with a laser printer, so you can keep nice and organized.

Get rid of that plastic bag full of plastic bags under your sink! Simply loop them together and stuff ’em in an empty tissue box. Every time you pull one out, the next one will be right there waiting for you.  

This bag holder from Amazon mounts to your wall and looks super sleek doing so. It will blend in with your other appliances for an easy and aesthetically-appealing look.  

If you want to get rid of the smushed-down carpet look after moving furniture, all you need is some ice cubes. Place the ice cubes in the carpet dent and wait for them to melt. Sop up most of the water with a dishtowel and your carpet should be back to its un-smushed state!

Just pop them under your furniture legs and voilà! Their tiny little spikes ensure that there will be no furniture marks or damage.

There’s nothing more annoying than going to throw something away and having the entire bag fall into the trash can instead. Use a couple of Command hooks to hold the plastic bags in place, and you’ll never have that issue again!  

They work to clip the trash bag onto the edge of your can! No hooks needed and they fit with any size trash can.

You can use organizational tools throughout your house — not just for their advertised use! This method of using a silverware divider for toothbrushes and toothpaste is absolutely brilliant.

They help keep your drawers nice and clean, while also allowing you to see everything inside of them!

A pool noodle (trimmed to size) is the ideal shape for placing in your tall boots so that they don’t flop over and get unsightly creases.  

These ones from amazon can be shaped to each individual boot. They will no doubt extend the lifespan of your boot.

Rather than storing all your various cables in a box or bag, consider wrapping them up and popping them inside an old TP tube (or a paper towel tube cut to size). Then label them so you can always find exactly what you’re looking for.

These holders can be adjusted to the size of the cables and are easy to wrap on and off.

Binder clips are some of the handiest things ever when it comes to home organization. You can use them to clip bags of frozen veggies closed and hook them to the rack in your freezer.

And they come in a variety of sizes and colors to help you better organize your fridge, freezer or pantry.

Your kitchen tongs are the ideal tools for wiping your blinds. Just wrap a couple of microfiber cloths (or old T-shirts) around each side, secure with rubber bands, and go nuts with the dusting.  

This attachment allows you to get in between your blinds and shades for a quicker clean-up. And the best part? No dust mess on the floor.

Rather than storing your garbage bags in a box (which takes up “floor” space in your cupboard), consider mounting them on the side of the cupboard instead.

This wall-mounted holder from Amazon allows you to store trash bags anywhere against your wall or under your cupboard.

If you have a bunch of rolls of wrapping paper, you’re probably familiar with the struggle of having them constantly fall over in your closet and getting crushed. Get them off the floor by placing them in a clear garment bag and hanging them up!

It is made to fit the long length of wrapping paper, and zips up at the top! What an easy way to store your holiday supplies?

Use an egg carton to store mustard, ketchup, and other squeezable condiments upside-down in your fridge shelves. They’ll always be ready-to-use and won’t topple out every time you open the fridge door.

They’re easy to clean and won’t get damaged by liquids.

We’ve all fallen for the storage containers that “conveniently stack,” but it can be annoying having to move the entire stack around every time you need a container and a lid. Instead, consider storing your containers horizontally in baskets as shown here.    

They can store a variety of Tupperware sizes. Now you can easily grab a lid and container without having to take everything out of the drawer.

If there’s one product that does way more than people realize, it’s the lowly shoe organizer. Yes, you can use it for your shoes, but don’t let the organization stop there! Hang one up in your bathroom for makeup or shower supplies. Use one in your craft room to organize scissors, tapes, and ribbons. Hang one on the back of a seat in your car to organize your kids’ toys and snacks. They’re super versatile and wonderful.

Use one in your craft room to organize scissors, tapes, and ribbons. Hang one on the back of a seat in your car to organize your kids’ toys and snacks. This one from Amazon is super affordable.