42 DIY Organizing Tricks and Storage Ideas

If there is one problem that is universal among homeowners, it’s the fact that we never have enough places to store our “stuff”.

You might be surprised to learn that it is not always a matter of not having enough room, it is a matter of not utilizing it properly.

When you take advantage of the following solutions, you will be able to store more of your “stuff” without having to increase your available space. These are nothing short of remarkable.

1. It is obvious that a shoe rack is not only for hanging shoes. It can also be used for a variety of storage purposes in the pantry or your closet.
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2. A great place for dust pans and dusters
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3. Add wire shelves to exposed beams for extra storage
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4. Organize your clutches with a lid rack
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5. Hang shoes on a coat rack. Hang it low…
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6. Put your hard drive under your desk…
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7. Add hooks inside of shelves to reduce clutter
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8. Peg boards can be used for unique storage ideas
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9. Store your plastic bags in a wet wipe container
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10.Use ice cube trays to store small supplies and jewelry
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11. Use a wine rack as a towel rack
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12. Baskets can easily separate your makeup
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13. Use PVC pipes to store accessories in the bathroom
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14. Magnets keep your tweezers handy
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15. Magnetic strips for holding bobby pins or other metallic items
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16. Crayons store easily in a used wipe container
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17. Towel racks can store your pot and pan lids
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18. Nails can keep your sewing thread organized
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19. Egg cartons for ornaments
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20. Keep your batteries organized in a tackle box
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21. Small screws and nails stored in jars
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22. Tights can be kept on a coat hanger
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23. Wrapping paper in a garment bag
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24. Tacks stuck in wood trip to organize jewelry
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25. Don’t throw away your wire hangers, use them…
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26. Shoe organizers make a great addition to the washroom
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27. Metal magazine holders can be used for other purposes
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28. Use magazine holders for canned food
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(Source: PBJ Stories)

29. Use a command strip on a high chair for bibs
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30. Chalkboard paint inside a cabinet
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31. Magnetic strip on the fridge for spices
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32. Shelves in out of the way areas for glasses
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33. dangle your utensils off of these hooks
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34. Organize your baseball caps
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35. Bath products hung on the shower rod
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36. store your wet toys in a fruit basket
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37. Hold your keys with Lego’s
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38. Bungee cords can be used to store balls
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(Source: Designed To Dwell)

39. Build a storage shelf under the washer and dryer
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(Source: Sweet Pickins Furniture)

40. Bracelet holders from empty bottles
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41. Crown molding for shoes
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42. Velcro your towels
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(Source: Martha Stewart)

 

No More Stinky Shoes in the House!

If people wear shoes in your home, it’s almost guaranteed that you are going to have stinky sneakers nearby at some point or another. Although this can be distressing, there is a homemade solution that can help to remove the smell and it will do so quickly and easily.

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In order to get started with this homemade remedy, you will need the following items…

Old pantyhose or a thin pair of socks

Baking soda

Essential oil (optional)

Some string or twine
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The first step is to create a bag out of the old socks or pantyhose. Scoop in some baking soda and if you decide to use essential oil, add it at this point. Tie off the homemade bag with the ingredients inside to avoid spillage.
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Slip these little wonder bags into your shoes and they will work their magic quickly!
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(Source: One Good Thing)

 

DIY Plastic Storage Drawers

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Looking for more storage space? How about adding some colorful plastic storage drawers to rooms all over your home instead of just the plain white label ones? Here is the perfect project for you! These DIY Plastic Storage Drawers are really easy to make yourself. All that is really required is basic products that can be found at your local craft store as well as some plastic drawers which you can purchase at your local Walmart. Lets start by giving you a list of what is required.

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Materials required (All available for purchase at A.C. Moore, Beverly’s, Meijer, Michaels, and other fine retailers):
– Americana Acrylics 2oz – Sea Glass
– Americana Acrylics 2oz – Banana Cream
– Americana Acrylics 2oz – Melon
– Americana Acrylics 2oz – Whispering Turquoise
– Plastic Drawers (Available at Walmart)

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Directions:
1. Wash all of your containers that you purchased at your local Walmart or other department stores.
2. Prep your fabric with some of your decoupage on your wax paper and make sure you do not leave it very long, only 20 minutes maxs
3. After 20 minutes just move it to another piece of wax paper so it has more time to drys
4. While your fabric is drying, start creating your templates for the front of your drawers with a pen and right after start cut them out.
5. Once it is cut out, apply a thin coat of decoupage to the front of the drawer and the back of the fabric and place the fabric on the drawer.
6. Make sure the front is pushed flat against the drawer front so it feels smooth and apply over the top.
7. While you are waiting for things to dry, take your favorite material such as wood in oval shapes and paint with some acrylic paints and make sure the color matches or contrasts your drawer that you will be adding labels to.
8. Use a Marker or Micron pen to write the labels.
9. Stand the drawers on end and attach the oval labels with some crafting glue and then allow those to dry.
10. Enjoy your colorful labeled Plastic Storage Drawers.

 

DIY Free-Standing Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

DIY Free-Standing Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

Check out this DIY Free-Standing Vertical Pallet Herb Garden which is a perfect way to grow your favorite herbs and well build everything yourself for cheap. If you have plenty of pallets stacked around than this is the perfect project for you. Just pick up the following supplies to get started:

Fabric weed barrier
Scrap block 4×4 wood
Scrap 1×4 wood
Nails
Kiln-dried pallet in good shape
Scrap 2×4 wood
Wheel and hardware/screws to attach
Wood stain
Protective clear coat
Staples
Potting soil
Herbs

Directions:
1. Pick out your pallets that you would like to use and gave it a good scrubbing with bleach as well.
2. Remove 3 of the horizontal boards from one side and use your pry bar to create a bigger space for working and tall growing herbs.
3. Then sand down the splinters, rough edges and hammered down all of the nails.
4. Add a piece of scrap wood to the bottom of one side around 1 × 4 in size to create a ‘shelve” type surface to attach your caster/wheel. Inserting the 1 × 4 which did take some playing around. Pry it into place if required.
5. On the other side of the bottom got a 4 × 4 block and a miter-cut scrap 2 × 4 for support. Make sure you level it as well.
6. Make sure you have two people to move the herb pallet garden with the supports only and no wheel attached. I personally do NOT recommend attaching a wheel. I recommend creating support on both bottom sides.
7. Next start staining the pallet using whichever stain you like, wiping away after applying. I let it dry and cure for a few days .
8. Now you can move the pallet outside and gave it a spray of protective clear coat.
9. Once it is dry, use newspaper to create whatever pattern you like, and make sure you include room for folding the fabric edge under and the sides of the pocket. Then you can use your pattern to cut the fabric weed barrier to size.
10. Now fold under the edges and staple the fabric weed barrier into place between the pallet boards to create a pocket.
11. The corners and stapling can be a bit tricky just make sure it is stapled down and do what works for you.
12. And now you are done your pallet should have about 12 planting pockets.
13. Enjoy!

 

How to Grow a Kiwi Plant from Seed

How to Grow a Kiwi Plant from Seed

How would you like to grow some kiwi plant from seed? Kiwi is a super healthy fruit that provides a huge amount of vitamin C and K as well it is a great source of dietary fiber and Vitamin E as well. Growing the plant is actually not that difficult it just requires some patience because it typically takes more than 3 years to get a good start on your kiwi vines. You can also use this plant as an indoor or outdoor plant.

Materials required:

1) A kiwi. Try to get an organic kiwi.

2) A small mug or container for their first week of germination.

3) Paper towels, a plate, and a clear plastic container which will be used to construct a very simple mini greenhouse.

4) Potting soil I suggest using one with a blend of peat, perlite, vermiculite, and organic fertilizer.

5) Containers/pots with drainage holes that is 2-3” deep and an inch or two in diameter will be sufficient for sprouting and a larger pot for later.

6) Sun, or a grow light because Kiwi vines need lots of light, especially when sprouting.

Methods for sprouting kiwi seeds:

1) Put some kiwi seeds out of your ripe, organic kiwifruit and wash them by cleaning off all of the fruit. I found that placing them in a small cup, adding water, swishing them around in it and then carefully straining the water out was the easiest way to accomplish this. Do this a few times until they are completely clean.

2) Fill your small mug or container with lukewarm water and add your kiwi seeds. Place them in a warm location, such as in front of a heater, on top of a computer, or on a warm window sill. Your kiwi seeds will remain in this water-filled mug until they start to open (for about one week), so I suggest changing the water once a day in order to avoid unwanted bacteria growth.

3) Once you can see the seeds beginning to open, it’s time move them to their mini greenhouse. Soak some paper towel with lukewarm water and place it on a plate. Distribute your germinating seeds on the paper towel, cover them with a plastic container and place them in a warm, sunny spot. (Make sure you poke some holes in the plastic container in order to allow for some airflow). Your seeds will sprout fast in these conditions. After only two days of life in their greenhouse, my kiwi seeds were ready for planting.

4) As soon as you’re seeds are sprouted, it’s time to plant. Before planting, always prepare your container well. Pre-moisten your potting soil by putting some soil into a bucket and mixing in some water until it is damp all the way through.

5) Fill your container with the pre-moistened soil. Leave about an inch of space below the rim of your container.

6) Plant your seeds! Sprinkle your seeds into one or more pots making sure they are at least a few inches apart. I suggest giving each seed its own small pot in order to make transplanting easier; however, I split seven sprouted kiwi seeds between two pots and they are all growing fine. Once they are in their pot(s), cover them with a thin layer of soil. I’ve read that all seeds should be planted at a depth of about twice their length, so you can imagine just how little soil is necessary to cover your kiwi seeds.

7) Once planted, water thoroughly with a squirt bottle or gentle watering can and place your pot or container in a warm, sunny, location (for some, this may mean under a grow light). If you feel that your house may be too cold or drafty for the little guys to continue germinating, cover the top of your pot(s) with clear plastic with holes punched into it and secure with an elastic band. This will continue the greenhouse effect and can be left on until you see your sprouts emerge from the soil.

8) Take care of your fuzzy babies and enjoy the process. Provide them with:

a. Water. Ensure that the soil is damp at all times, especially when your kiwi sprouts are young. Do not allow them to sit in a puddle of stagnant water though; those drainage holes are there for good reason.
b. Sunlight. Ideally, they should be placed in a warm sunny window where they will receive plenty of direct sunlight each day. If a consistently sunny window is not possible, supplement some sun for a grow light. Since Toronto rarely seems to get any sun in the winter, my sprouts reside under the warm rays of a grow light for 12 hours each day. Once they get a bit bigger, I will move them outside for the summer months.
c. Food. In order to keep your kiwi vines healthy and growing, the soil will eventually need to be replenished with nutrients. I suggest feeding it an organic fertilizer, such as compost or vermicompost, once it has developed a nice little set of leaves. Dig a little trench around the base of your vines, fill it with compost and water it well. Or, serve it up as compost tea. Try feeding your vines a few times each year or as needed, but do not overfeed! When it comes to fertilizing, less it best; so if in doubt, put it off a bit longer. (Another option is to start your seeds in potting soil with vermicompost or worm castings mixed into it).
d. Love. Spend some time looking at your fuzzy new friends. Get into the habit of watching for browning leaves and checking the underside of leaves for pests. Just like us, our plants can fall victim to bugs and disease and may sometimes require some extra love and affection.

 

DIY Pallet Entry Storage Bench

DIY Pallet Entry Storage Bench

Are you in need of a piece of furniture to keep your front entry organized? How about some more storage space? Now that I got your attention here is a great DIY Pallet Entry Storage Bench that looks great and is very functional. This pallet entry bench is a multi functional bench that has a 2 pieces of furniture in 1. The storage aspect keeps those shoes off the floor, and the bench aspect allows you to sit on while getting yourself ready to go out the door. Click on over for the instructions on how to build this today!

Between 3 Sisters

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DIY Stunning Outdoor Water Wall

DIY Stunning Outdoor Water Wall

I have always found that relaxing and enjoying my own backyard to be the best part about spring and summer. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to add more relaxing noises and beauty to my yard. So after looking around for awhile I stumbled on this amazing DIY Stunning Outdoor Water Wall. I also fond some great videos and tutorials on how to make one of these beauties. Click and watch the video or head on over to the tutorial today and start something amazing in your yard!

The Interior Frugalista

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DIY Bedroom Headboard Makeover

DIY Bedroom Headboard Makeover

Sometimes a bed in a bedroom needs a bit of a makeover. Today we are featuring this awesome idea DIY Bedroom Headboard Makeover which you can make with just a few supplies and it is something that looks great and will last you a very long time. Click on over to the full tutorial and directions today and start building one!

Styled by Emily Henderson

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How to DIY Denim Rag Quilt From Old Jeans

How to DIY Denim Rag Quilt From Old Jeans

If you have some unwanted jeans laying around here is a great way to recycle and reuse those old jeans to turn them into a quilt. The awesome thing about this DIY Denim Rag Quilt From Old Jeans is that you get a perfect quilt out of something you would have never used otherwise. When you start this craft project the first thing to determine is how big you want your quilt to be, and of course what theme or patterns you will like to use. Start off my arranging the fabric into your favorite patterns before sewing. Sew together the fabric scrap by sewing the edging. This project is actually really good for beginners!

Instructables

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7 Awesome DIY Project Ideas

7 Awesome DIY Project Ideas

Need some more DIY projects to keep you busy this weekend? Here are 7 Awesome DIY Project Ideas that will keep you on your toes and busy all weekend. There are some pretty easy ones to take on that will be both beneficial for your home and will look beautiful pretty much wherever you decide to put it. Everything from storage to decorations to just plain awesome ideas. Head on over today!

Curbly

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