Clever Hacks for Temporary Wall Hooks

Put adhesive wall hooks to work in new ways. Whether you’re a renter or a homeowner, cleaning up your office, or any room in your house, life’s a breeze with the help of small, medium, and large adhesive-backed hooks.

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A Trusty Spot to Keep Your Tablet

Assign your tablet and earbuds their own adhesive hooks; if you don’t need them bedside, I challenge you to think of a few other locations these would work well — on that wall right next to your favorite chair, in your kid’s upper bunk, or on the backsplash in the kitchen (oh so handy for watching TV or viewing recipes while cooking). Worried they’ll tip if the wall is jarred? Add an upside down hook at the top as reinforcement.

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Hang Decorations for a Party

Skip the tape and nail holes, and opt for simple temporary wall hooks when you’re hanging decor and garland for your next shindig. They work great indoors, outdoors, and on a variety of surfaces (including ceilings) and they take the frustration out of stringing garland across your home. (Side note — that rose garland? You can make it yourself!

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Tangle-Free Technique for Storing Accessory Cords

Guilty of storing your cords in a box or drawer? Consider mounting them on the inside of a closet door instead. You can buy a few dozen micro adhesive hooks for less than $5. They’re excellent at pinching onto narrow cords and never again will your wires get crossed.

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Hang a Temporary Curtain Rod

Renters and homeowners alike will relish the ease of hanging curtains with strong adhesive hooks. Use clips to hold the curtain so that it can slide along the wall more easily (keep in mind that most adhesive clips will only allow the rod to balance about 1″ from the wall). No holes, no headache, no problem!

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Fashion Under Cabinet Lighting in the Kitchen

Add your own under-cabinet lighting by using a length of holiday lights and adhesive hooks to pin them in place. There’s nothing permanent or costly about that installation and it adds a great glow to your home. Looking for more ways to use string lights after the holiday season? We have more ideas for you in this gallery.

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Pinch and Hold Rolled Items for Easy Access

Poking in the end tabs of your plastic wrap, foils, and assorted baking papers not only helps to keep things easy rollin’, but the design also makes it possible to install those products on the inside of a cabinet door to save space. Use bigger adhesive strips for this job, so that the hook fits about 1″ into the roll. You’ll be able to lift the top and pull out the length you need with ease.

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Disguise Cords on Open Shelving

If you were to peek behind any of my shelving units, you’d find a beautiful maze of strategically woven electrical cords and speaker wires. All are held in place with adhesive hooks stuck every 6 inches, which help keep cords entirely out of sight when you’re scanning the shelf from the front. Adhesive hooks are just as handy when you have cords that you want to pin down to the surface of a table or shelf. When you guide them down to an electrical outlet in this way, they’re no longer a trip or snag hazard, and they almost disappear!

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