38 DIY organizing ideas for your home
Don’t you just love it when a storage solution that is ideal for one type of organization turns out to be equally useful for another? Hang a clear shoe organizer on your pantry door, label the pockets with colorful tags, and use them to store a variety of kitchen utensil and supplies. You’ll find it’s a perfect fit.
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Found-to-fabulous coffee table
Wooden shipping pallets are really versatile—even when you do almost nothing to change them. To make an interesting coffee table from a wooden pallet, just sand, stain and seal the wood. The standard pallet design automatically provides both a sturdy surface and a convenient shelf underneath, but you can always nail a piece of plywood to the bottom of the pallet if you want a solid shelf. For something extra special, add wheels to make your table portable.
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Your school days may be far behind you, but you can still create classroom-inspired storage solutions that will win high marks from your friends and family. Select glass jars in various sizes, spray paint them white to achieve a realistic porcelain look, and then paint the lids different colors to create great room accents. Use chalkboard paint to turn adhesive labels into miniature blackboards, and then write on the labels with a white crayon—in printing that would make your 2nd-grade teacher proud.
Artful shoe storage
If you toss your shoes onto the closet floor, you just make a mess and risk damaging the shoes. Use architectural plaster moldings to create rails to help you organize your high heels. Paint the moldings, attach them to the wall in rows, and hook the heels of your shoes over the rails.
If your supply of power and extension cords looks like the snake pit from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” here’s a simple DIY organizing idea that can untangle your technology. Just collect a few cardboard toilet paper rolls as they become available, use colorful washi tape to cover the dark spots of dried adhesive and create festive designs, then roll the cords into long loops and shove them into your new cord holders. Label each one so you can remember what the cord is for, and then place them all in a plastic tub or bucket for an easy and eye-catching storage solution.
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If you’re short on kitchen storage for pots, pans and utensils, consider mounting a large pegboard on one wall of your kitchen. Pain the pegboard a matching or complementary color, and use 1-inch x 2-inch strips of wood to create a frame that will hold the pegboard away from the wall to create ample space for hooks to fit through easily. Once you have the pegboard on the wall, add the hooks and hang your cookware in eye-pleasing patterns.
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Refreshing storage solution
You know those four-packs of individual Frappuccino coffee drinks? Remove the labels from the bottles, discard the caps, and then cover the carton with scrapbooking paper for some quick and easy craft organizers. With a little Modge Podge, a water-based product that many crafters use for decoupage projects, you can glue the paper down and also give the carton a nice finish. The small bottles are perfect for storing paint brushes, ribbon and other odd-sized or hard-to-manage items.
Smart and skinny storage
If the world doesn’t fit, make adjustments. This narrow two-tier basket, featured in Better Homes & Gardens, is a great way to store cleaning supplies under a sink where the drain pipe takes up most of the cupboard space. This unit has a top basket that lifts off and a bottom basket that slides out for easier access.
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Wooden shipping pallets have a rough-hewn look, but you can use them to create quick and easy storage solutions on a minimal budget. How? Use the slotted pallets as the framework for a simple outdoor bike rack that’ll cut down on scattered bikes in the garage or yard.
From tempest to teacup
Cut down on the clutter and frenzied disorganization in your jewelry box and dresser drawers with this simple but elegant storage solution. Pick up some pretty teacups, glass dishes or goblets from your local thrift store, and use them to hold your jewelry and other small personal items. Whether you display them on dresser and countertops or place them in a drawer, this idea will give you modern organization with a vintage look.