Organization Hacks Every Mom Should Know

In this post-Marie Kondo era, people are increasingly interested in organization hacks and minimizing clutter to maximize joy. But the pressure to have a home that looks like it could be featured on HGTV leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed. We’ve got you covered with easy and inexpensive ways to get organized.

You know what brings us joy? A tidy playroom and toys without missing pieces. We want to help you experience the joy a little organization can bring to your life which is why we’re sharing our top organizational hacks using everyday items.

We’ve got eight inexpensive or free items that will help up your organization game. We hope you find these organization tips useful, but don’t let them be another source of parent guilt. A home doesn’t have to be tidy to be loving and happy!

Check out these organization hacks for parents:


1. Tackle boxes make great storage for small items.

use tackle boxes as storage for small parts and pieces

Not just for fishing tackle anymore! The small spaces designed for fishing lures and hooks are perfect for small cars, action figures, trains, art supplies, and more. On the road, small tackle boxes are a great way to store toys and treats for a long car ride. You can find inexpensive tackle boxes at rummage sales and big box stores.


2. Use resealable plastic bags to organize outfits.

ziploc bags make an easy organization hack

Use quart and gallon-sized plastic bags to keep outfits organized when traveling with little ones. BabyQuip Quality Provider Lauren Swihart shares this tip, “I individually pack outfits so luggage isn’t a mess upon arrival. My 4-year-old can easily grab a bag and dress herself in the morning. I label the bags with each kid’s name and day of the week. Then I keep and reuse the bags for every trip.”


3. Hanging shoe racks are a genius toy organization hack!

great organization hack: keep toys in shoe organizer

Shoe organizers top the list of home organization hacks—beyond closet organization, we’ve seen them used to store everything from spray paint to pantry essentials. Hanging shoe organizers are so versatile! They should really just be called hanging organizers! BabyQuip Quality Provider Inbal Vellucci uses one to keep her kiddo’s toys neat and off the floor, “I put all the little toys—building bricks, action figures, anything with lots of little pieces—in an over-the-door shoe organizer.” Check your local dollar store for an inexpensive shoe organizer.


4. Organization hack for breast milk: Use empty soda boxes!

easy way to store breast milk

If only you could bury liquid gold…but you can’t. Pumping mamas know that breast milk takes up a lot of freezer space. We love this easy breast milk storage hack from Val at Lovely Lucky Life. She uses old soda boxes to organize and store her breast milk stash.

Soda boxes fit perfectly in most side-by-side fridge/freezers and upright freezers. You can easily stack, label and rotate the boxes to keep your stash organized. If you’re looking for a crafty DIY project, you can cover the soda box in cute paper.


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5. Store old clothes in empty diaper boxes.

Use old diaper boxes to store baby clothes

Babies quickly go through diapers AND quickly outgrow clothing. So re-purposing empty diaper boxes for clothing storage makes a lot of sense! And because diaper boxes already include size info, you don’t even need to label them.

Pack those adorable newborn bodysuits (the same ones that baby only wore once) into the empty newborn diaper box and you organization hack is quickly done. Of all the organization ideas we’ve come across, this is possibly the most simple. And we love how the boxes stack neatly because they’re all the same size.


6. Reuse fabric bedding bags for toys.

toy organization hacks with everyday items

Have you been wondering what to do with those fabric bags that bedding is sold in? They include some kind of closure—Velcro, drawstring, snap, or zipper—and are just begging to be repurposed. These bags are perfect for keeping toys organized—like train sets or toy food. Infants get a kick out of opening the bag to see what’s inside. And your toy box looks a little less messy! Did we mention they’re washable?


7. Large envelopes make storage for small parts and pieces easy.

store puzzle pieces in large envelopes

Wooden puzzles are great toys for babies and toddlers—they help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, they help teach colors and shapes, and they can survive being thrown and chewed on. But they don’t stack well. And if you’re not careful, the puzzle pieces go missing.

Envelopes exist to help you keep your puzzles intact and organized. We love the string-tie versions because they expand to accommodate puzzles of varying thickness and allow little fingers to practice tying and untying a figure eight. This is an organization hack to easily adopt today!


8. Fridge organization hack: Use labels!

label the fridge for organization

We could dedicate an entire blog post to all the organization hacks that could benefit from labels, but for now we’ll just suggest one place you should label immediately—your refrigerator. Many wise people have said, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Labels will help keep your fridge clean and organized—with leftovers that are easy to locate (so they don’t mold in the back) and important items are always where you expect them to be.

The average person opens the fridge 15–20 times each day. Multiply that by the number of fridge-opening people in our household and you begin to realize how labeling your refrigerator can help keep you sane and efficient. Aby at Simplify 101 has a great post about how she uses labels to keep her fridge organized. Her fridge is relatable and her labels are specific enough to be clear yet general enough to be flexible.

8 Comments

  1. Juliana

    October 30, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I feel so proud of myself that already do so many of these things!

  2. Amber Arehart

    October 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Love the breastmilk idea. I have also heard old gift bags and then you would just cut a hole in the bottom and grab the oldest out first.

    1. Natasha A Charles

      October 30, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      So many good ideas. My fridge will really benefit from the lables. Now only if my husband can read it. Lol

  3. Sara D

    October 29, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Love the idea of bagging outfits for vacation! Would really help my toddler out and make sure we stay organized on our next vacation.

  4. Vicky

    October 29, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I could have really benefited from that method of storing breast milk bags when mine were babies!

  5. Alisha Zwirtz

    October 29, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    ‘A tidy playroom and toys without missing pieces.’ I know this would bring me joy! There are some really great hacks here! I am going to put outfits organized in bags and a hanging shoe organizer to work this week!

  6. Nikki

    October 29, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Wow! I’m definitely going to use that idea for my breast milk! Currently my freezer has milk bags all over the place, and it drives me nutts! :/ Thanks for all the tips!

  7. Julia Katz

    August 26, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Storing my breastmilk that way was a game changer. Just be sure to lay flat first to freeze in order to maximize space. Not a soda drinker, use sparkling water boxes or large blueberry containers.

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