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10 genius ways to organize your home with packing cubes

These zippered pouches aren’t only for travel

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While certainly heroes for keeping you organized while you’re jetsetting (or even just running errands with the kids), packing cubes don’t have to just be reserved for travel.

"Packing cubes are game-changers for travel, but what many people don't realize is that they are amazing for decluttering and organizing your home,” says Gabriela Mekler, one of two moms who founded Mumi Design and packed (pun intended) its inventory full of packing cubes, divider cubes, bags, and more.

“Travel cubes are a great way to maximize closet space and keep everything nice and tidy at home."

The goal when using these typically zip-up fabric bags is to make things easily accessible, so you can find what you need when you need it.

Mekler’s favorite tip in organizing any space is creating categories.

“Placing all items in similar categories will make it easier when looking for things you need,” she explains.

Jon Richards, co-founder of Salt Lake City-based travel gear company Nomatic agrees, “Obviously, packing cubes were designed for travel, to help you fit more gear in less space. For those who want to get creative at home, this same principle can be applied.”

To help you think outside the box for what goes inside the cube, here are 10 ways to organize with packing cubes at home.

1. Sort your linen closet

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Keep your linens separated and organized by size.

Whether it’s making the bed for a guest or a housecleaning weekend chore, separating double-sized bed sheets from the queen-sized ones is always a linen closet nightmare.

Storing each size in its own cube means you can give stressing over it a rest.

2. Securely store seasonal décor

Packing cubes are a great way to organize your gear during the months you don’t need access to them, says Richards. “If you live in a cold climate, bulky winter and snow clothes items can often take up a lot of space. Use packing cubes to store your winter snow jackets, pants, gloves, socks, etc.”

Alternatively, try out a small cube for bathing suits, shorts, and tank tops.

3. Organize your craft supplies

Storing all of your household’s craft items in individual bags makes creative time more enjoyable. Larger bags are perfect for storing paints and palettes, while smaller ones tote around pencils, sharpeners, erasers, and paint brushes.

Pro tip: Make sure sharpened pencils are in a case to avoid damage to your cube.

4. Corral your children’s toys and accessories

If a messy floor of toys is the bane of parenthood, consider packing cubes the solution. Organize play things with tons of pieces (hello, Legos or Little People) into cubes for easy access and quicker end-of-day clean up.

They can even keep Barbie’s or American Girl doll outfits clean and pressed for her next tea party.

Bonus: House the cubes on open shelves in the playroom for a colorful organized look.

5. Manage your office supplies

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Add to your WFH organization by storing extra office supplies in storage cubes.

Whether you give each to-do project its own cube (notes, folders, etc.) or you fill them with everyday office supplies, packing cubes are especially appreciated if your home office desk doubles as a dining room table. They also make great nesting spots for device cords.

6. Grab-and-go storage for pet accessories

No matter what your four-legged friend needs—preventative meds, daily supplements, brushes, or nail trimmers—packing cubes can be a pet owner’s best friend.

They’re also great for grab-and-go when it’s time for Fido to head over to Grandma’s house for the weekend.

7. Sort your sock drawer

Sock drawers seem to have a mind of their own. Tame their savageness by placing packing cubes into your dresser. Bras, underwear, tights and more all follow suit with their own zippered homes.

8. Inside your purse

To avoid your purse turning into Mary Poppins’ bottomless carpet bag, pop in a small zippered cube filled with necessities (wallet, keys, phone, etc.) to keep them easily accessible.

They can also help save the inside of your bag from open pens and broken face powders.

9. Car emergency kit bag

When you’re dealing with a blown tire or a dead battery, you don’t want to spend time rifling through your trunk for what you need to fix the issue. A packing cube can double as a storage for an emergency kit.

“I use mine to store items in my truck under the seats,” says Richards. “Tie-downs, first aid, towels, and lifting straps are all things I’m able to keep organized in my car and with me at all times thanks to three different packing cube sizes.”

10. Diaper bag storage

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This eight-pack of travel storage cubes could fit plenty of baby essentials while you're on the go.

Diaper bags have nothing on packing cubes. Pacifiers, diapers, wipes, small plushies, blankets, whatever you need to soothe and care for your baby can be tucked inside.

Get the Koovon Packing Cubes at Walmart for $20

Get the The Insider Packing Cubes at Away for $65

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