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Double-Duty Organizing: How To Use Stuff You Already Have To Get Control Of Your Chaos

by Jeanine Asencio 2:16 PM, May 15, 2017

Aired May 16, 2017

You know that drawer or closet everyone has that’s just stuffed with a bunch of… well, STUFF?

You know you have one.

Who could forget the infamous Friends episode called “The One With the Secret Closet” where all of the “friends” suddenly realized that perfectly tidy Monica Geller actually had a closet jam-packed (to the CEILING, mind you) with random crap, making her just as messy as the rest of us?!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to keep your secret buried in the messy closet like Monica, you can get control of your space with a little help from organization pro Peter Walsh! (This stuff is actually FUN for him!)

READ: New Uses for Old Stuff: 4 Seriously Smart Spring Cleaning Hacks

Watch him in action helping Valerie Bertinelli get her home office under control in the video above and get his double-duty organizing and cleaning tips below so you can easily create a chaos-free environment using items you probably already have laying around in that scary closet of yours.

TURN A TV DINNER/SNACK TRAY…  INTO A BEDSIDE TABLE
Don’t have a lot of space or hate the idea of having wall-to-wall furniture out all the time? By putting a serving tray on top of a simple foldable TV dinner table or snack table, you’ve just created your very own DIY nightstand for your guests. Now they have a place to put their phone, a snack or even a book.

USE OLD FILING CABINETS... TO ORGANIZE YOUR GARAGE
Since we’re all living in the digital age (like it or not!) many filing cabinets are unfortunately getting acquainted in their new home -- the LANDFILL. But one man’s trash is another man’s treasure because these things could actually help keep your life in order in another way!

Peter simply removed the drawers and used the base of it to store beach umbrellas, shovels, baseball bats -- anything tall and narrow that needs to be stashed in like… your garage or something so it doesn't fall over. If you want to make it slightly more attractive, feel free to grab a can of spray paint in any color you like and have at it!

WATCH: Organizing Peter Walsh's Own Home

USE METAL CHAIN LINKS... TO STORE YOUR POTS + PANS
Finding the RIGHT lid to match that pot sitting on your stove can sometimes feel like digging for a needle in a haystack.

NOT ANYMORE!

Got a chain?

Then Peter’s got a solution!

Hang the chain in your pantry and get yourself a couple of S-hooks. Slide the handle of the lid over the handle of the pot and then hang the pot on the chain using an S-hook. It looks pretty cool! See for yourself in the video below.

USE SPONGES... TO CLEAN YOUR BLINDS
Now that your world is organized, it’s time to clean it! Obviously sponges are great for cleaning… no-brainer there. But did you realize that you could MODIFY them to make cleaning even easier?

Score the soft, non-scrubby side of a sponge in a grid pattern and it’ll be easier to clean things like cooling racks or anything with nooks-and-crannies that you can’t normally reach.

Another way to clean with sponges is to place them on tongs and clean the blinds. Genius!

Now if only Peter were there to help Monica in her time of need.

WATCH: Conquer Your Clutter with Peter Walsh
 

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