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I have a lot of scarves (pashminas, long scarfs, and square kerchief style ones) and I have no idea how to store them. Boxes are out because I have an awful memory and if I can't see things, I forget I own them. I have a deep shelf above my clothes, but if I fold the scarves and stack them vertically, the pile never stays neat and it very quickly becomes scarfageddon up there. Do you or any of your followers have any ideas?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Shower curtain rings on a clothes hanger. Thread the scarves through the curtain rings and hang the whole thing up.

Asker ankewehner Asks:
Seems like the most important thing for keeping your habitat tidy is to put things where they belong. But if your stuff is chaotic and unsorted and all jumbled together in big-ish boxes, how do you get to things having a place where they belong?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

You start sorting.

One box at a time, figure out what you have, what needs to stay, what can go, and where it would make sense to keep things. Once you have a better idea of what you need stored, you can start figuring out how to store it. The keys to any organizational system are:

  • You need enough storage for your stuff. More stuff than storage always equals a mess.
  • You need storage that’s easy to access and in a logical place, so it’s easy to put things away.
  • You need storage that works with the space you have and the things you need to store.

Basically, inventory what doesn’t have a home, figure out what a good home for it would be, and then make that space happen. At the end of it, you shouldn’t be left with anything that doesn’t have a place to go.

Asker certainmuse Asks:
With winter finally starting to pass I no longer need to bury myself under layers of blankets. This creates a problem, however, as I find myself without a place to store them that doesn't take up 75% of the space. I used to put them in my closet but they are incredibly cumbersome (I have about 5 large comforters). What do you recommend for storage that doesn't take up a lot of valuable real estate? Thank you!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Vacuum bags. You put your bulky stuff in there and then use your vacuum hose to suck out all of the air, which squishes the stuff down into fairly flat packs. There are different kinds of vacuum bags, and I’ve found that the cheap ones rarely hold up, so it’s probably worth investing in some decent ones.

Asker doctorbee Asks:
Do you or your followers have any ideas for organizing scarves and belts? I don't have much closet space but I like them to be easily accessible. Currently they are all draped over the banister of my staircase and it's starting to look quite a mess!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Shower curtain rings on a clothes hanger make a pretty easy way to keep scarves and belts wrangled without having to buy specialty hangers or devote a lot of space to your accessories.


Before and after, corralling my scarves with the help of a hanger and some shower curtain rings


My mother asked me to label things while cleaning the basement yesterday.

I’m intrigued by “Canada Yo.”


Thanks to Gary’s Home Woodshop I unfucked the hell out of my mess of a nail polish drawer


New ribbon ladder is fully stocked with ribbon that had been taking up a whole shelf with loose ribbon everywhere. Just the first step in Unfucking my studio.

Now what on earth am I gonna do with all this damn ribbon?

Have a tiny space that always seems cluttered, no matter what you do? This is what we call “more stuff than storage.” Basically, there are two solutions to this problem: more storage, or less stuff. Less stuff is almost always the better option. So first, see what you don’t need, what you can get rid of, what’s not necessary, and clear it out.

If you still have a more stuff than storage situation after that, you need to maximize your space. Start thinking about unconventional storage options. Make sure you’re using all of your available space: under things (the bed, the couch, etc.), behind things, and all of your vertical space. People always forget about vertical space. This is especially relevant in closets, where you end up wasting an awful lot of space if you don’t figure out how to use all the way up to the ceiling, and all of the “dead” spots, like those against the front wall of the closet.

Keep in mind, too, that the more stuff you have “out” and on display, the more cluttered your space will appear, no matter how well-organized that stuff is.


"How to Organize Your Polish Drawer" by me

This happened about a month ago but I’ve been too lazy to post it until now. The little cubbies keep things organized by color (or however else you might want to do it).

Step 1: Measure your drawer or container for depth, width, and length. You want your cardboard strips to be a hair shorter than all these dimensions so you can fit them into place easily and without buckling.

Step 2: Decide how big you want your sections to be and/or how many of them you need, and how to lay them out. My drawer is about 5” deep, which is shorter than the height of my thinner and remover bottles, so I needed a longer section to store them. This is also where I keep my nail art and cleanup brushes and my dotting tools.

Step 3: Using a straight edge, measure and cut out your cardboard strips.

Step 3.5 (optional): Remove cat from pile of dismembered cardboard boxes.

Step 4: Cut slits halfway through cardboard strips at regular intervals corresponding with the size you want your sections to be.

Step 4.5 (optional): Assure cat that this large X-thing of cardboard is not her new toy. Keep cat away from scissors.

Step 5: Slot cardboard strips together and place in drawer.

Step 6: Sort polish by color, brand, or whatever criteria you have chosen. (I have mine organized by color and have used the color order from the store where I work, just because I like it.) Place in drawer sections.

Eventually I’m gonna do this for my sock and underwear drawers as well, although I might only do lengthwise sections for those. There’s no reason to pay for fancy drawer dividers if you have cardboard boxes lying around. I may someday pick up some clearance contact paper to make them pretty.

I want to unfuck my kitchen and make good use of my storage, but the crazy lower corner cabinets just trip me up. One is a lazy susan, the other is bigger but has 2 shelves running perpendicular to one another. How the hell do I use these in a way that makes sense? I have pans and Tupperware in the second, but it's such a pain in the ass it makes me hate cooking and storing food. I am cranky and unlimber and hate dealing with the chaos. Ideas please for ideal kitchen cabinet arrangement? Thanks!
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Use vertical storage if you can. Get some stackable shelves you can use in there to double or triple your usable surface area, and maybe designate the worst of the two cabinets for stuff you rarely use and reclaim another area for your pans and such.

Hey, I just discovered your blog today and I'm loving all the tips. I looked through a few of your tags and didn't see a whole lot on this topic, though. I "cleaned" my dorm room yesterday by taking things off my desk/floor/windowsill and shoving them in my closet. Now I have a closet full of blankets and books and things and nowhere to put them. I don't really have room for more storage bins/drawers, and I don't really want to cover every surface in stuff. What should I do?
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

You may need to get creative with your storage. Are you using all of your underbed space? how about your vertical space? Behind stuff, in other stuff; find every available square inch and figure out a way to use it. Closets almost always have a ton of wasted vertical space. See if you can do something like that.

Otherwise, we’re looking at more stuff than storage, and if the answer isn’t more storage, it’s less stuff.


Food storage is done!

Asker emmaxgudith Asks:
Great High Priestess of Unfucking, i come to you with a dilemma. i've recently redone my closet and have 2 hanging sweater organizer things that i use to hold all of my tshirts. i see vertical stacking and think, that would be much more efficient than taking out the whole stack for one shirt. i am also getting a new captains/storage bed soon and a new dresser with big drawers. should i abandon the organizers for vertical drawer stacking? my current small dresser is full of sweatshirts and socks.
unfuckyourhabitat unfuckyourhabitat Said:

Move the sweatshirts to the hanging organizer (they take up a lot of drawer space), and see if there are baskets that fit into the hanging organizers that you can put the socks into. The hanging organizers are also really good for things like jeans, too.