Of course I know how magnets work (ok, I kind of know how magnets work), but somehow they still seem a little bit like magic: these wonderful surfaces that things mysteriously stick to, seemingly in defiance of the law of gravity. Turns out this magic is something you can put to work in your home — and in all kinds of ways you might not have imagined. Here are ten of our favorites.
Above: Here's a clever organizing project from Martha Stewart: add magnets to the back of old tins and use them to hold pens and sundries on the side of the fridge (or on any metal surface).
This set of 24 magnetic spice jars ($140 from Etsy shop Gneiss Spice, spices included) could be a real boon in a small kitchen.
Martha Stewart suggests adding precut galvanized steel to the inside of your medicine cabinet, as well as the door. Then you can use magnetic spice jars, magnetic hooks, and magnetic cups to provide homes for smaller items.
From The Family Handyman, a clever kitchen storage/organizing idea: attach a sheet of metal to the underside of an upper cabinet, and then glue some magnets to a cutting board. Stick that thing up there and you'll always have one within reach.
A magnetic strip mounted on the inside of a drawer or cabinet door is the perfect spot to corral bobby pins, nail clippers or any other tiny metal tools floating around your bathroom. Get this one on Amazon for $13.
A magnetic knife rack, as seen in Mariana & Mark's Artistic Melbourne Home, is a great way to organize your knives while also saving drawer space.
→ On Kitchn: 10 Places To Hang a Magnetic Knife Rack
Magnetic knife racks are useful for more than just knives: in this example from Chris Loves Julia, a knife rack mounted to the underside of the cabinet holds jars of oft-used spices.
The blogger from Keeping Up with the Souths used a magnetic knife rack to organize her son's toy car collection.
In this example from The Cavender Diary, magnetic knife racks hold painting supplies and tools in the garage. Bonus points for the use of the soup cans.
Here's one final idea from The Family Handyman — a magnet, stuck to a metal bracket on the inside of a cabinet, is perfect for keeping track of small pieces, like drill bits, that might otherwise get lost.