I recently wrote an article titled: Clips and Rings to Organize Things. I hated to leave out these fantastic S hook ideas I’m about to share with you…but felt like they deserve their own page, as they are not technically the same as a shower curtain ring. They are just as versatile, and I think you’re going to love what you can do with a simple S hook!
Small Bathroom Appliances Are Messy
Have you ever noticed that things with long cords tend to make a mess. Let’s just face it, those cords are an organizational nightmare! In the bathroom in particular, we seem to have several small appliances that all have a long cord. Blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons, sometimes even a hair crimper!
Keeping these items under the sink in a clear bin (which I did for years) works…but the long cords tend to get all tangled together. Several years ago, I asked my man to install a hook on the side of our bathroom cabinet to hang my curling iron from. This works; but not when I have multiple appliances, as I have naturally curly hair that just needs straightening now and then for my own personal sanity.
A wonderful organizational solution is installing a small rod, and hang all your appliances from it with S hooks! It can be placed under the cabinet above the toilet, inside the cupboard, or just one the wall. Or…simply hang some S hooks from your towel bar. They are so simple and versatile. I’m in love!
Too Many Coffee Cups Could Be the End Of Us!
Coffee mugs can be the downfall of kitchen organization. I have helped ladies clear clutter from their kitchens that have had over 100 coffee cups and mugs! At a yard sale, you can’t hardly even give them away. I remember a friend had a garage sale one time when we lived in Alaska years ago, she made every person that bought something; take home a coffee cup, whether they wanted one or not!
Space often gets wasted inside a kitchen cabinet. I don’t know how many times I’ve helped someone clean and organize when they don’t have enough space; only to find out that the space they do have is being wasted. This is common in cupboards with glasses and cups. The shorter ones, only take up half of the cabinet space, yet aren’t safe to stack on top of each other, like maybe bowls and plates would be.
In addition to just flat out getting rid of all but 8-10 coffee cups and mugs (unless you have a larger family) a great solution can be to use tension rods and S hooks to hang some from; above the shorter mugs and glasses on the shelf. This maintains your versatility in moving it, instead of just installing cup hooks (which is another great space saver!)
Protecting Valuable Counter Top Space
I love clean counter tops! I mean, I REALLY love the look and cleanliness factor of my counters being cleared off. Of course, I realize there are certain things that need to remain for practicality reasons. I recently purchased an 8 quart Kitchen Aid mixer, and the only place it will fit is in the corner of my kitchen…but I’m OK with that.
Having buckets, vases, or baskets filled with kitchen utensils, can be a space eater! We often over look the space available behind our counter tops, or the back splash area. It is a perfect spot to mount a rod and use S hooks to hold everything from spatulas to wire whisks!
You Already Have a Built In Hanging Rod!
Most kitchens have a dish towel hanging somewhere. Perhaps from the oven, refrigerator door, inside the cabinet (my love) or just sitting on the counter. If the towel gets wet at all from cleaning up, it’s important for it to hang in a place that it can dry effectively.
If you use S hooks on the oven handle, you can create space for multiple dish towels and even an oven mitt or hot pad. They are easily removed, so it’s a great way to hang wet cloths on baking day too! Just keep a few S hooks in the drawer to use when needed.
Big, Little, Short, and Fat
Pots and pans can be more awkward sized items to keep organized and stored easily. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. We need a various sized pans for small, quick cooking and large pots for big soups and stews. There are several pots and pans organizers and racks available.
Some are quite beautiful and hang from the ceiling, out of the way. It really depends on the design of your kitchen (and the shape your pots and pans are in) if you can have them out on display.
If not, an easy solution is to install a dowel or tension rod inside a cabinet. It may take two rows of dowel, depending on your amount of pans. You simply attach the pans to another S hook, and hang them from the dowel or rod. They are very easy to access this way, and you don’t end up with that awkward need to stack the big with the little and short with the fat!
There you have 5 different ways to continue on your organization journey and use a simple S hook to get you going. I hope you can apply some or all of these ideas and that they help you to “get hooked” on being organized! Let me know below if you have any questions and please tell me how you are using S hooks in your life, or plan to use them, after reading this little post!
Let’s get hooked!