We tried out 12 clever Command Strip hacks around the house and some of them are actually genius

A clear caddy holding fresh herbs attached to a refrigerator next to a bundle of cords bundled together with 3m command strips.
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  • Both homeowners and renters can use 3M Command products to organize and decorate their homes.
  • We tried out 12 hacks using a variety of 3M Command strips and hooks.
  • Here's how to make your home work smarter, not harder, with these simple Command strip ideas.

When 3M Command Strips come to mind, most people think of them as a cheap, convenient way to hang posters and lightweight framed art. I think back to college and how I used them to hang up my university's pennant flag in my freshman year dorm. They're an affordable way for both renters and homeowners to decorate, and when you move or change your mind, you can easily remove them and it's like they were never there.

But there are actually many more (often overlooked) uses for 3M Command products that go beyond picture hanging. For this article, 3M sent me an assortment of samples so I could try out 12 hacks for better organization and smart decorating at home.

A simple herb garden

A clear organizer tray containing a pot of basil and a pot of spearmint is attached to a refrigerator.
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A useful addition to any kitchen are readily available fresh herbs. Use the Command Clear Large Caddy to make an easy herb garden right on the fridge. It can hold up to 4 pounds, which is convenient for small herbs like spearmint and English thyme. They look pretty, smell great, and are easy to access during dinnertime.

Record display and storage

Two large white hooks are attached to the end of a console and vinyl records are resting on top of them.
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I love the record player we got as a wedding gift last year, but have been trying to come up with a smart solution for record storage. Using two Jumbo Utility Hooks on the side of our media console, I was able to store up to three records (which is as large as my collection is at the moment!). Now they are out of the way yet readily available for whenever I want to listen.

Easy headphone storage

A pair of black over-ear headphones hang from a silver and marble hook attached to a well.
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For those who work from home, love to game, or just need a better-organized home office, this hook is a clever way to hang up headphones. It looks great on display and can hold up to 5 pounds. No more searching for headphones before virtual meetings.

A space-saving phone holder

A large white plastic hook holding an iphone is attached to the side of a nightstand.
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Keeping a clutter-free nightstand is important when you live in a small space. I stuck a Jumbo Utility Hook on the side for overnight phone storage and charging. It can hold up to 7.5 pounds, so I feel like my phone is super secure. In the mornings, I can grab it and go and use the hook to drape the charging cable until I'm ready to use it again.

Keep the corners of rugs from rolling up

A hand is pulling back the corner of a rug that has a command picture hanging strip attached to it.
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Adding a runner to hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms is a great way to bring warmth to a room; however, there's nothing more annoying than when the corners lift up. Not to mention it's a tripping hazard. I used X-Large Picture Hanging Strips to keep the corners stuck to the floor. They've held up great, holding the rug in place even with heavy traffic and my dog running all over the place.

Quick access to baking tools

A set of measuring spoons attached with a small clear hook to a jar with the text “flour.”
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As I've gotten more into cooking and baking, the more I've come to realize the importance of keeping an organized kitchen. These mini hooks are the perfect size for attaching measuring spoons directly to a flour jar. They've made it more convenient and stress-free when I'm baking my favorite chocolate almond cake.

Easy-to-hang cafe curtains

A curtain rod with striped curtains hanging from it is held up by a large white plastic hook attached to a wall.
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I love finding hacks that meet form and function. Using two Large Designer Hooks, a small rod, curtain clips, and two tea towels, I made cafe curtains for my kitchen. They give more privacy throughout the day and look so pretty with the morning light coming in. 

Jewelry display

Five gold necklaces are hanging from clear hooks that are attached to a bathroom wall beside a sink.
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I'm a simple gal when it comes to my jewelry — give me dainty gold rings and necklaces and I'm set. However, I hate trying to untangle the mess of chains and clasps when I'm getting ready. By hanging up my favorite pieces using Clear Mini Hooks, I'm able to keep my necklaces untangled and find exactly what I need to grab and go.

Simple cord organization

Black command strips wrapped around multiple cords underneath a table.
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Cord organization is one of those mundane tasks that is inevitable with keeping a clean-looking home office. By wrangling them all together using Large Black Picture Hanging Strips, the underside of my desk is much more visually clear. And I can always add more cords when needed.

Vertical baseball hat storage

Multiple black velcro tabs hold many wires neatly together underneath a desk.
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My husband has quite the hat collection, but our closet space is limited. Trying to figure out an organization system has been a bit of a challenge. I used a row of Clear Mini Hooks to display his favorite hats vertically. The back strap of the hat hooks nicely onto the Mini Hook, freeing up valuable closet real estate.

Hide your Internet router

A hand holding an internet router with velcro strips attached next to a router attached to a filing cabinet and hand holding a package of large Command picture hanging strips.
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Hiding necessary technology, like a wireless router, makes a room look significantly more organized. Using two Large Black Picture Hanging Strips and attaching the router to the side of my desk, I'm able to access it easily while keeping it off the floor and out of the way. 

Vertical kitchen supply storage

Aluminum foil and wax paper boxes are attached to the inside of a cupboard door and a hand is holding cling wrap in the foreground.
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In my small kitchen, every cupboard, drawer, and countertop space is valuable real estate. By using Large White Picture Hanging Strips, I was able to utilize the inside of a cupboard to vertically store aluminum foil, wax paper, and cling wrap. They are accessible and it's a smart way to organize kitchen necessities, without taking up much space. 

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