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7 Ways to Use Hooks Around the House

From organizing the kitchen to displaying your favorite plants, your pack of hooks can go a long way!

Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

How many times have you purchased a pack of hooks? These essentials are found all over the home. Had your child’s diploma framed? You’ll need a hook to display it on the wall. Loved your last family picture and you want to use it as wall accent? An adhesive hook surely comes in handy. Aside from helping us make decorating easier, hooks can also be considered as organizing must-haves.

“Hooks are great to organize or hide your knickknacks. These serve different purposes and are easy to install, too. Hooks are handy, especially when you have an extra wall or cabinet space to spare. It’s inexpensive and you can do a lot with it,” says interior designer Angelica Dumalus.

Here's a tip: Given the different kinds of hooks available in hardware stores, you might be confused as to what you’ll buy for the home. To get started, Angelica suggests using adhesive hooks as these can be easily removed—thanks to its sticker backing. “They also offer different finishes like clear PVC, white PVC, and stainless steel, to name a few,” she adds. Opt for quality hooks to make sure it will hold up well over time.

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Start decorating and organizing the home with these clever ideas that’ll get you hooked:

1. Use it to organize belts and accessories

Where do you usually keep your belts? These take up precious drawer space and it’s easy to misplace bracelets and necklaces! The solution? Install a couple of adhesive hooks at the back of your bedroom or closet door. “This way, you get to easily see your belts and accessories without worrying about tangles,” Angelica shares.

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2. Use it to avoid tangled cable wires

Cable wires can instantly turn into eyesores. Achieve a clean space by using hooks to organize your work or living area where the entertainment system is placed. You can mount the hook on the wall to organize the wires and avoid tangles.


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3. Use it to install curtains

Hanging your curtains? If you don’t want to damage your walls by drilling holes, you can count on hooks. “Make sure to match your hooks with your curtain rod and try to find adhesive hooks,” says Angelica.

4. Use it to showcase your mug or teacup collection 

Are you the type who collects mugs from every trip? If you have tons at home, you can turn them into wall art using hooks. Don’t let them gather dust inside your cupboards! Use your favorites each time you drink coffee or tea.

5. Use it to keep your kitchen pots, pans, and utensils in place

With all the tasks done in the area and the things we keep there, it’s difficult to maintain an organized kitchen. To help keep clutter at bay, you can install hooks inside your kitchen cabinet doors! “This is an untapped storage area. By doing this, you get to fully maximize your kitchen cabinets while having to organize the bulk of your kitchen accessories. If you have pretty pots and pans, you can display them using decorative or stainless steel hooks to add personality to your kitchen,” suggests Angelica.

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6. Use it to display and organize your decorative plants and favorite herbs

Do you have a couple of potted plants and herbs at home? You can use hooks to display them in the kitchen or balcony. “This is especially helpful to condo dwellers who have minimum counter space to cultivate their garden,” shares the designer.

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7. Use it to keep your Wi-Fi router in place

Got an erratic Internet connection at home? Angelica says that strategic placement can help improve your Wi-Fi’s signal. “Consider using mounting hooks to keep it in place and see if it can boost the signal,” she says.

Shop for hooks at hardware stores and home depots.

 

Special thanks to interior designer Angelica Dumalus. You can get in touch with her through email at angelicadumalus[at]gmail.com.

 

This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Realliving.com.ph editors.

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