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RealSimple.com: Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

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Create an Electronics Bin

Gather cords, chargers, gadgets, and batteries from the random spots they occupy and give them a hidden, under-bed home.

1. Line a clear rectangular box with a cut-to-fit rubber mat to keep items from shifting. Make sure the box has a lid to block dust. Gift-wrap center, $32, containerstore.com. Grip-It drawer liner, $3, organizeit.com.

2. Customize the box with fabric drawer organizers, creating large sections for bulky items, like extension cords, and small sections for things like cameras. Skubb boxes (white), $8 for six, ikea.com for stores.

3. Put delicate or oddly shaped objects, like headphones, in their own nook.

4. Clamp extension cords to keep them neat. Mega clamp, $5.50, and small cable clamp, $1.50: cableclamp.com for stores.

5. Slip earbuds and other gangly cords under elastic bands to prevent tangles. Separate batteries by size in a divided box. Grid-It! elastic organizer, from $15, containerstore.com. Battery-storage organizer (similar to shown), $5, organizeit.com.

6. Label clear pouches or small zippered bags and fill with easily misplaced minis, like memory cards, flash drives, and cartridges for handheld video games. Clear zippered envelopes, from $3, containerstore.com.

7. Use rubber cord flags to mark USB wires and camera cords; label each with permanent marker (keep a marker in the bin for new additions). Kable Flags, $7.50, organize.com.

8. Give adapters a home so you can find one in an instant.

9. Stash this-might-be-broken-or-obsolete items, like remotes and keyboards, until you have time to test them, then throw out whatever is dead.

(Credit: Jose Picayo)
RealSimple




The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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