10 clever ways to use home organization products that you probably haven't thought of yet

File bins containing kitchen goods, including snacks, water bottles, and paper plates, are in a pantry for surprsing uses for organizational tools.
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  • Many organization products — file bins, divided lazy Susans, and glass canisters — are versatile.
  • Professional organizers store cleaning products, craft supplies, and more in unexpected places.
  • They gave some tips on using bins and containers in useful, surprising ways.

Effective home organization is not a one-and-done weekend job. As you've probably personally experienced, it's only a matter of time before your rooms devolve into messes once again.

People have so much difficulty organizing their stuff and keeping it tidy that a whole industry has arisen to solve their problems. We asked Michelle Manske and Annie Draddy, founders of Henry & Higby, for some tips. They run a professional organizing company in New York City that offers services including home and office organizing, closet and space design, and home staging, 

They shared their favorite multi-use organization products and showed us that we've been limiting ourselves when it comes to how we're using our file bins, drawer organizers, and more. 

These products are typically used for one specific purpose but are actually quite versatile. You can get more creative and organize your things more efficiently by making the following products pull double-duty. 

File bins

File storage bins from The Containter Store containing cleaning supplies sit under a sink.
The Containter Store

Recommended usage: Storing files in an office

Alternative usage: Storing craft paper, workbooks, small notebooks, craft projects, and cleaning supplies

Glass canisters

Glass canisters from the Containter Store with dryer balls inside sit next to bottles of laundry detergent.
The Container Store

Recommended usage: Storing dry goods, cookies, and other pantry essentials in the kitchen

Alternative usage: Storing detergent in a laundry room and dishwashing pods in the kitchen

A file sorter

A rattan mail sorter from the Containter Store has letters in it.
The Container Store

Recommended usage: Storing files in an office

Alternative usage: Storing clutches and small bags in a closet

A divided Lazy Susan

A lazy Susan from the Containter Store is filled with makeup and brushes.
The Container Store

Recommended usage: Storing food and spices in a kitchen cabinet

Alternative usage: Storing craft supplies in a playroom and hair supplies or makeup in a bathroom

A stackable shoe drawer

Drop-front shoe boxes from The Containter Store are filled with toys, including blocks, and sit next to a stuffed dinosaur.
The Container Store

Recommended usage: Storing shoes in a closet

Alternative usage: Storing products under a sink or bed

Drawer organizers

A drawer organizer from The Containter Store holds silverware of various types.
The Container Store

Recommended usage: Keeping utensils organized in the kitchen

Alternative usage: Organizing baby socks and accessories 

Natural cotton storage bags

A blanket holder sits in a closet next to shoes and under items of clothing hanging above it.

Recommended usage: Keeping sweaters, blankets or comforters dust-free

Alternative usage: Keeping table linens and napkins or small kids' shoes organized 

A plastic bag dispenser

ikea plastic bin

Recommended usage: Storing plastic bags 

Alternative usage: Organizing and storing wrapping paper

Tall Smart Store inserts

Tall bins from the Containter Store contain various art supplies, such as scissors and crayons.
The Container Store

Recommended usage: Organizing crafts in the Smart Store System

Alternative usage: Using in drawers and other storage bins to organize small items and collections

Ziploc bags

A Ziploc bag holds many green Legos.

Recommended usage: Storing food

Alternative usage: Storing puzzles to make them less bulky

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