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Spring cleaning! 7 ways to repurpose items for ultimate organization

How is that annual spring cleaning coming along? Whether you are stuck in a rut or nearly finished, lifestyle expert and author Jené Luciani has some clever ways of organizing the chaos by repurposing inexpensive household products.Coloring stationI struggled to find a way to organize my daughter's coloring books, and bins still seemed too messy. I took a simple dish drying rack, like this Smal

How is that annual spring cleaning coming along? Whether you are stuck in a rut or nearly finished, lifestyle expert and author Jené Luciani has some clever ways of organizing the chaos by repurposing inexpensive household products.

Coloring station

I struggled to find a way to organize my daughter's coloring books, and bins still seemed too messy. I took a simple dish drying rack, like this Small Dish Drying Rack from Target, placed her books in the dish section and the markers, crayons and other supplies in the silverware section for an easy-access coloring station! 

Sandal storage

Flip-flops are the worst offender in our closets, especially when they are dirty from a day outside. Keep them off the floor by clipping each sandal onto skirt hangers, like these ones from Amazon. Not only do the hangers keep the flip-flops and their grime off of the floor, but they also allow you to easily see what you have when getting ready for the day.

Clutch carriers

A bin stuffed with clutches in your closet is an inefficient mess. Not only is it difficult to see what you have, but the clutches can also get squished. Try taking assorted letter organizers, like this Rustic Wire Letter Sorter from Target, and use them to display clutches on a dresser or on a closet shelf. It keeps your clutches organized and makes a clever display.

Bikini bins

Not only can digging around in drawers to find matching swimsuit tops and bottoms be a hassle, but improperly caring for bathing suits can also cause them to wear down more quickly. Place matching swimsuit pieces in a large Ziploc bag, then store in a multi-purpose bin for easy access. To be extra thorough, take a marker and write what the swimsuit is and who it belongs to right on the bag. 

Over-stuffed animals

Stuffed animals are notorious dust collectors and can be difficult to store, but kids still love them! To organize my kids' furry friends, I threw all of them inside of an old beanbag chair cover. My kids can still use the beanbag chair for lounging and the stuffed animals are out of sight.

Board game organizer

Board games are a childhood necessity, but they can be hard to store and tend to look messy when piled up. Grab a hanging canvas shoe and closet organizer, like Ikea's $5 SKUBB Organizer, and neatly store games in the closet. 

Tank top display

Tank tops typically get wrinkled and shoved in the drawers during their summer shift. To keep those tops accessible and ready to wear, purchase a pack of round plastic shower hooks, such as these curtain hooks from Kmart, affix them to a hanger and use as a neat way to store tanks. This idea can be applied to various closet items, including jeans. Just attach the jeans onto the hook through the belt loops. It saves space and keeps denim wrinkle free. Jean-ius!