Get organized: 25 clever ideas for repurposed storage
Stylish storage doesn’t have to come from a store. Items found in your attic (or at flea markets) can be repurposed to help cut the clutter. Here are 20 clever ideas to help inspire you to organize now, starting with these wall-mounted mail organizers made from recycled metal grates.
Messages, keys, cards and school reminders all find a convenient place to be displayed in this recycled wood shutter organizer. Envelopes and cards tuck neatly into the slots, and clothespins help secure photos, art, and assorted paraphernalia. Best of all, it makes great use of narrow wall space. For more shutter uses, check out 5 Things to do With...Wood Shutters.
Magazines and books are great but keeping them over time can pose a storage problem. The solution? Stack 'em. Take a nylon strap with an alligator clip (available online) or repurpose an unused belt; the magazine stacks become useful stools or side tables. To add more books or retrieve one, simply unclip the belt.
On the Rocks
If you have spare ice cube trays, don't throw them away! Instead, use them to easily and instantly de-clutter a desk, craft room, or tool box. Perfectly pre-shaped forms keep paper clips, erasers, staples, push-pins, rogue buttons and nails neat and organized.
Sleep on It
Turning an unused mattress spring into a stylish idea board is an ingenious way to give it new purpose. The graphic nature of the spring construction and abundance of wires makes it ideal for affixing note cards, photos, memorabilia and even tools. Simply stand it on end, lean it against the wall, and start pinning.
An old rake gets new life as a streamlined jewelry organizer—with room for all your necklaces, bracelets, and a scarf or two if you like. Wash and scrub the rake before putting it to use, then simply hang it from a nail on the wall. All your accessories are now fashionably displayed and fabulously accessible.
Wooden crates are readily available at flea markets, garage sales, and wine stores. Stack a couple together using screws and "L" brackets from the hardware store and you have an instant and interesting bookcase or storage tower. Add some castor wheels to the bottom and it just became your very own mobile storage unit.
Vintage letterpress trays make great collectible displays with all their various nooks and crannies, but they also provide useful organization for small and varied items like spools of thread and jewelry. Lay it flat and it becomes the perfect desk caddy with cubbies for pens, pencils, clips, tapes and more.
No Luggage Fee
Luggage takes up tons of room and is inevitably stored in hard-to-reach places. Relinquish it from the back of the closet or attic and place it front and center. Stack a few on top of each other to make a bedside table or add some furniture legs from a hardware store to elevate it to the next level. Best of all, you can store things from linens to seasonal clothes inside.
Under the Sink
A simple $2 tension rod can do more than just hold up draperies. Put it to use under the sink as a hanging rod for spray bottles, freeing up cabinet space for other items. Be sure to use a heavy-duty rod and secure it tightly. You can do the same by permanently installing a wood dowel inside the cabinet.