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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

DIY Entry Organization

I was visiting a friend the other day and was impressed with her innovative entry. She turned a blank wall into a place where her family can hang their coats, hats, bags, etc. She framed pegboard, painted the frames dark blue, and added hooks at various levels to accommodate her children's varying heights.

She placed three identical pegboard organizers in the space, making it more decor rather than just utilitarian, as a large pegboard would have been. If I remember correctly, the pegboards were about two feet wide and 4-5 feet high. To finish it off, she added containers under the pegboards to hold shoes.

A great way to turn unused space into a very practical entry solution!

More on DIY entry organization:
DIY Storage - Entry or  Side Table
DIY - Turn a Hutch or TV Cabinet into an Entry Organizer
Entry Closet Door Organizer


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

DIY Gift Wrap Organizer

In my ongoing search for clever organizing ideas, I found this ingenious way of keeping gift wrap under control: using wire closet shelving!

This is how The Family Handyman describes it:

"Propping up rolls of gift wrap in the corner of a hall closet often means wrinkled, torn or lost rolls. Here's a way to keep the rolls neatly organized and easy to reach.

Make a wrapping paper "corral" by screwing a small section of wire closet shelving vertically to the side of a closet wall. Just slide the rolls in!"

Don't you love it?

More on DIY storage:
DIY Cord  Storage:
DIY Closet Storage from Flea Market Finds
Turn Your  Clutter into Storage - DIY Ideas

Monday, October 7, 2013

Turn Bathroom Cutter into a Welcome Basket for Guests

It's amazing how quickly we can accumulate little samples and other small items in our bathrooms! When we moved in April, I saw just how many such items I had and would probably never use.

Why not get them out of my bathroom and provide a little spa basket for our guests? What a nice way to welcome visiting friends!

Not having guests at the moment? Stash the basket under the sink or in the guest room to declutter your guest bath counter for everyday use.

More on decluttering the bathroom:
Organizing Products I Use - Under-the-Sink Drawers
Safe, Space-Saving Storage for Hair Appliances
Decluttering in 5: 20 Decluttering Tasks You Can Do in 5 Minutes or Less


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Organizing Products I Use - Organizing Sandal and Flip Flop Storage

As I went through the summer and end-of-summer sales, I began accumulating enough sandals and flip flops to create a mess in my closet! I've posted a solution using dry cleaner hangers, but I didn't want to sacrifice that much closet space. What to do?

I chose an over-the-door shoe organizer. I could get a pair of shoes in each of the twenty-four pockets. I haven't filled all the slots by a long shot, so I have plenty of room to grow without creating a mess in my closet! Not that I necessarily want to fill up all twenty-four pockets with summer shoes! 

Such a simple and inexpensive solution to shoe clutter!

More on Organizing Products I Use:
Organizing Products I Use - Shoe Organizers (but not for shoes)
Organizing Products I Use - Repurposed Furniture
Organizing Products I Use - Two-Shelf Dish Organizers