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Get clever around the house. Here are 9 amazing ways to use tension rods

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When you think of a tension rod, you probably think of curtains, right? That's the most obvious use for tension rods, but they're actually capable of so much more. You just have to know how to use them.
Whether you need extra storage in the kitchen, the bathroom, your bedroom or your closet, we've got you covered. So check this list, figure out what size of tension rod you need and get started making your life easier!
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1. Drawer organization (h/t Montana Prairie Tales)
How much time do you spend digging through your kitchen drawers and cupboards for the right lids for your pots, pans and Tupperware? Instead of stacking them in there in a free-for-all, organize them. Put a few small tension rods in a drawer and place your lids between them, making it easier to locate the one you need when you need it.
2. DIY dust ruffle (h/t Seagrass Interiors)
If you have extra space under your bed, then you might use it for out-of-the-way storage. But you don't want it to look messy under there, so you need a way to keep all of your stuff out of sight. Put up tension rods under the bed and hang some fabric from them, just like you would do with regular curtains. This will form a makeshift dust ruffle that looks nice and also hides whatever items are under your bed.
3. Miniature window garden (h/t JILLM)
For those of you who live in apartments or don't have much yard space or live in a climate that's not great for gardening, this idea is for you. Put a tension rod in one of your windows (preferably one that lets in a lot of sunlight) and hang a few s-hooks on it. Plant whatever you want in some small buckets and hang them on the s-hooks. You now have your very own garden right in your window.
4. Shoe rack (h/t A Loyal Love)
Do you have more shoes than you know what to do with? Are you running out of room to store them but can't bear to part with a single pair? Instead of trying to cram them in your closet or under your bed, install several tension rods in your closet and store your shoes on the rods.
5. Under-the-sink organization (h/t A Thousand Words)
The cupboard under your sink is short on space as it is, so it only becomes more crowded when you start to store cleaning products under there. But if you install a tension rod in the cupboard, you can hang your spray bottles and various other items from the rod, freeing up space for other cleaning supplies and other bathroom or kitchen necessities.
6. Spice storage (h/t Joyful Homemaking)
If you have tall kitchen cabinets, then it's easy for small items (like jars of spices) to get shoved behind taller containers. Make it easier to see what you have in your cabinets by putting small tension rods at the back of the cabinets. You can balance your short containers on them so you'll always be able to see what's in there.
7. DIY hanging folders (h/t The House on Hillbrook)
While many people keep track of important documents on their computers, some of us prefer to keep physical copies of everything on hand. However, that means making room for clunky file cabinets. If you don't have the space for a file cabinet, though, you can still store your paper files with ease. Find a spot (perhaps under a desk) where you can install two tension rods. Put your documents in some hanging folders and hang them between the rods.
8. Secure a sliding door (h/t The Krazy Coupon Lady)
If you have a sliding door, then you know how easy they are to open compared to other doors. This can cause problems if you have young children or live in a less-than-safe neighborhood. To prevent your children from opening your sliding door from the inside and burglars from the outside, place a tension rod in the door.
9. Ribbon organizer (h/t Sew Many Ways)
When you get ready to set up your craft station, make sure you have space for all of the ribbons you need to make every project perfect. And the best way to store those ribbons is to slide them onto a tension rod. Now you don't have to worry about losing them or having them unravel and tangle all over the place.
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