February 18, 2018
Hang a basket full of towels, or a pegboard with s-hooks; simple solutions for managing your mess from Organization Hacks by Carrie Higgins.

Does this sound familiar? You have had a hectic day, too many items on your to-do list. You arrive home wanting nothing more than to sit and unwind. However, the general clutter in the living room, the breakfast dishes in the sink, the unmade bed, clothes on the floor, transform your dream of a few quiet moments into a nightmare of here we go again. More stuff to do. Perhaps you are not bothered by mess, or you think you’re not. But it is a proven stresser. Unorganized, overstuffed surroundings are difficult to navigate. An “untamed” home creates an environment where everything you set out to do, from cooking a meal to working on a hobby, is boobytrapped.

How to manage the mess is the topic of a new book by blogger and author Carrie Higgins, Organization Hacks, Over 350 Simple Solutions to Organize Your Home In No Time! The book delivers both ideas and DIY projects illustrated by line drawings that will guide you in the right direction. The remedies are not just simple, they are inexpensive. Anyone can bring clutter to its knees. If you feel like your life is out of control, take heart. Here’s the help you need.

To master that tangle of jewelry you have stuffed in a drawer, how about screwing cup hooks into the wall, or paint up a board to hang on the wall and line up the cup hooks on that. (Inside a cupboard or armoire door is another good location.) Hang necklaces and bracelets on the hooks. Easy to match up with your clothes, and makes an intriguing display.

Bedrooms, especially if they are small, are always short on storage. Use bed risers to lift the bed and add storage space underneath. If no room for a bedside table, hang a row of shoe pockets between the mattress and box springs to hold books, glasses, water bottles, lip balm etc. Higgins includes step by step instructions for this. And you’ll never have to wrestle with folding a fitted bed sheet; Higgins shows you the easy method.

In the bathroom, use the inside of the vanity cabinet door to hang metal baskets for hair dryer, brushes, and lotions. Turn decorative baskets into shelves, or, shown here, hang them on their sides as a decorative way to hold towels.

Electronics are part of everyday life, but oh those cords … so many cords. Hide cords by attaching small adhesive backed hooks to the back of your TV stand and/or end tables. Wrap Velcro cord holders around the cords to keep them neat. Raising the cords off the floor not only hides them, but also rids you of the dust bunnies that cluster on the floor around them.

Pegboards are a favourite answer to the call “a place for everything and everything in its place”. Not just for the garage walls, pegboards are perfect for the office, kids rooms, mudrooms and entrance ways. Higgins notes that culinary legend Julia Child not only used pegboards in her kitchen for hanging equipment, but also outlined each piece so that everyone knew exactly where to put what.

Higgins has a clever idea for even the smallest challenge. How about matching up socks? There’s a DIY project that you can do with your kids. Labelled “Seeking Sole Mates”, a board is painted and colourful clothes pegs are lined up horizontally under the message. Single socks are clipped onto the board until a match is found. Let the search begin.

Written by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle. Please email decorating questions to Follow Debbie at,,