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Trend: Amazing Storage Solutions for your Backyard!

Somehow we are already in the month of July and I’m guessing you’ve been spending quite a bit of time in your backyard for the Summer. If it feels messy back there, then this post will help. Today I am sharing 14 amazing storage solutions for your backyard. Enjoy!

1) Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

Hang some labeled plastic tubs on the wall to store kids toys and other backyard items! Found on BHG.

2) Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

Set up a little organization center to keep your BBQ tools and supplies, like oil and ground pepper, easily accessible while you cook. Found on BHG.

3) How convenient and cute would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

How convenient, and cute, would this little outdoor storage cabinet be in your garden? Keep all your essential small gardening items in this mini storage spot. Found on the Family Handyman.

4) Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

Do you have a pool? This clever pool float storage idea will help keep those floats from flying away if the wind picks up. Found on The Merry Thought.

5) If you’ve been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and detailed AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

If you've been dying to build a backyard storage bench, this is the tutorial for you. The directions are very clear and details AND he provides the full supply list to make it. Found on Canadian Home Workshop.

6) Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

Instead of storing firewood on the ground, keep it in this cool rolling fireplace storage rack! Add a roof to this DIY and your firewood will stay mostly dry on rainy days. Found on Wood Grain Cottage.

7) I’ve shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

I've shared this awesome DIY in the past and I want to share it with you again. I just love it. An old filing cabinet transformed into a yard tool holder! Found on Trash to Treasure.

8) Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

Another great tool storage idea: use a magnetic bar to store small garden tools. Found on BHG.

9) Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that’s why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

Sometimes shoes are just too dirty to bring in the house and that's why this shoe storage bench is a great idea! Sit down, take your shoes off, and store them below. Found on Operation Home Blog.

10) I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

I love this idea to hide utility boxes on a house! Just add hinges so they are easily accessible. Found on Remodelaholic.

11) After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

After you hide that utility unit, build something to hide your AC! This looks great. Found on House Pet.

12) Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

Store mulch in old bushel baskets! Much better than those big bags that tip all over the place. Found on BHG.

13) If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don’t. Found on Jenna Burger.

If your yard is short on space and you need a gardening table, this DIY is for you. This pallet table folds down when you need it, then folds back up when you don't. Found on Jenna Burger.

14) This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

This post is FULL of tips and ideas to organize your backyard garden shed. Check it out on I Heart Organizing.

Does your backyard feel organized?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Coat Rack Makeover for $15! Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

I’ve been on a mission to makeover our front entry. I’ve already added a cute shoe cupboard and added some artwork, but I still have more work to do. On my front entryway makeover to do list: paint the door, paint the walls, tear out the ugly tile, and add a coat rack. The tile and painting will have to wait for a while, so I jumped on the coat rack project. We don’t have much room in the entry and I needed a coat rack that can fit on the wall right behind the door. During my search I found a TON of cute wall racks, but they were way outside of my budget. I wanted something colorful, but not too expensive. That’s when I decided to makeover a plain white wall rack. I already have a lot of spray paint, so this was the perfect idea.

I’m happy with how this turned out! I chose to paint four gold hooks and two yellow. It’s my version of color blocking with hooks. The two yellow hooks are the spots where my 6-year-old can hang her coat and umbrella. So glad I won’t hear, “I don’t know where my coat goes.” from my kiddo anymore. Well, maybe I’ll still hear it, but less often? Ha!

Supplies needed:

  • inexpensive wall coat rack (I found this one on Amazon and love it)
  • primer spray paint
  • spray paint colors (I went with yellow and gold)
  • clear acrylic spray

Directions:

Step 1: Use a screwdriver to remove the coat hooks from the board.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 2: In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors, prop up your hooks to prepare for painting. First, you’ll apply a couple coats of the primer (since the hooks are metal the primer will help keep the paint from chipping off). Next, add a few coats of your colorful paints. When the colorful paint is dry to the touch, add two coats of the clear acrylic sealer. I like to add the clear acrylic spray to the end of spray painting projects to add a strong barrier over my paint. It definitely helps. Note: Don’t forget to wear a face mask and eye protection when using spray paint. Stay safe!

Step 3: Let the hooks cure for at least 24 hours. Longer is better. The paint can dent and smudge right after painting.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

Step 4: When the hooks are ready, grab your screwdriver and install them back onto the coat rack board. Install the board onto your wall and you are ready to organize with this colorful and inexpensive coat rack!

Final cost: $15 for the coat rack. I already owned all the other supplies to create this project.

Coat Rack Makeover for $15!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama


The garage isn’t typically acknowledged for being the most exciting or inspirational space in our homes, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be amazing. A garage has a lot of hard work to do in terms of storing our vehicles, tools, maintenance supplies, cleaning items, etc… However, creating an effective organizational system to help with all of those tasks can happen in just a few hours!

Organized Garage

Whenever I am about to tackle a project, I look for an inspirational image or two to get my creative juices flowing. These images tend to offer up some details I may have overlooked, and also just really light a fire in me to get something done. I tend to gravitate to organizing interiors, and the thought of taking on a garage can quickly feel overwhelming. But when I spotted the image above, I realized that a single wall can hold so much storage value! I also recognized that it wouldn’t take much to replicate all the smart solutions!

With these inspirational photos, I find it works best to break down the image into bullets to really make sense of what is happening and to also create an action plan.

Organized Garage Details

1. Surprise! There is a slim shelf making the most of the area over the entry door! That single shelf offers up a great place to store less used seasonal items.

2. Wire shelving in a garage will stand the test of time, and also is strong enough to hold a lot of weight. These shelving units are also easy to keep clean and casters can be added to make them mobile. These shelves also work even harder when you add a few ‘S’ hooks for additional bins and baskets.

Garage Shelving Hooks

3. Making use of the wall by mixing and matching systems is key. A rail system allows a combination of hooks, bins, baskets and even a cabinet to be utilized based on individual storage needs. These are especially fitting for taller cleaning supplies and garden tools that are reached for frequently.

Garage Rail Hooks

4. Cabinets are not only wonderful in terms of saving on floor space; they are also ideal for storing hazardous items up out of the reach of little hands.

5. Again, casters are a winning feature in a garage space. A small rolling cart creates flexibility and allows you to take your tools and automotive care items directly to your work area, then tucks nicely away when you are finished with your projects.

Garage Cart

6. A steel toolbox will organize and protect your tools for many years to come.

7. So many messes happen in or near the garage, and also inside of our automobiles. Keep a small hand vac ready and charged by installing one right on your garage wall near an outlet.

Garage Bins

8. When it comes to corralling categorized items, clear plastic bins with latching lids will be your best storage friend. Not only is it easy to see the contents, they are also stackable and easy to wipe clean in a dusty space.

9. Keep those extra plastic bags handy with a small wall organizer, perfect for quick cleanups!

10. It’s not always easy to keep the floors inside of the garage and home clean; however, a proper mat paired with a nearby boot tray will definitely lend a helping hand.

Organized Garage Product Picks

wire shelving | wall cabinet | clear bin | bag organizer | wall rail system | latching totes | hand vac | tool box | ‘s’ hooks | labels | portable caddy | rolling cart | boot tray


Hi there! My name is Nina Hendrick and I blog at NinaHendrick.com, where I chronicle the journey of transforming a basic builder-grade 80s colonial into a modern day farmhouse. When we first moved into the house, I knew that the pantry was going to be the first project we tackled. It by far made the biggest impact on our day to day, and the former space was in rough shape with sagging, deep shelves, and broken sliding doors. When I began planning my pantry remodel in 2012, I didn’t realize that there would still be a process to getting the pantry organized after construction was complete. For some reason, I assumed that the carefully planned processes I put into place initially would run on autopilot.

It didn’t take me long to figure out that even with the most thorough planning, the actuality of organizing is always a process. Strategies need to be periodically edited and streamlined for maximum efficacy. Here are five lessons that I learned along the way that improved the organization in our pantry!

1. Corral items in baskets and bins.

I think one thing that stands out about my pantry is that I’m a big fan of baskets and bins. I love that they keep things contained and tidy, and I love that they make groups of items more portable.

Use slide-out storage to reach the back of deep shelves.

2. Utilize slide-out storage to better access depth.

While I planned the pantry with the slide-out drawers, it took me a little while to actually put them to use. Once I did, I realized how much easier it is to get to things that would otherwise be unreachable. We also added another drawer to the bottom of the pantry to better utilize that deep space.

Use erasable labels on items out of reach to easily spot what you're searching for.

3. Use labels, but don’t over-label.

I initially used labels on everything, and they weren’t chalkboard labels. I found out the hard way that not all labels peel off. Now I primarily use labels that wipe off, and I use them sparingly. They are extremely useful, but overuse can push things into the realm of redundancy.

Keep popular snacks in clear containers in the pantry to keep track of quantities.

4. Keep popular snacks in clear containers.

I keep snacks that tend to be eaten quickly in clear containers to keep track of quantity. As I mentioned above, I skipped the labels here because you could already see what was in the containers.

Maximize potential pantry storage by utilizing all available space.

5. Maximize storage capabilities

For the longest time, I was running short on small jar storage. One day it dawned on me that I was wasting valuable real estate by ignoring the space on the back of the doors. An inexpensive rack from the hardware store can quickly and dramatically increase your storage space. I strongly recommend auditing your space and wracking your brain for any way you may be able to gain a little more space.

I hope that those tips can help you as much as they helped me! To see more of my pantry and kitchen space, please check out the August 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, and you can also visit my blog here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Nina


Every home needs a landing place – that spot for bags, keys, gardening shoes or sports equipment that really doesn’t have a spot anywhere else (and otherwise accumulates on your kitchen floor). It serves a different and far more functional purpose than your front entryway and needs to be able to take a beating on the regular. But even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom, you can still integrate a few of these ideas into your own space.

Without a doubt, functional storage is the number one need in a mudroom. Whether it be hooks, a garment rack, individual cubbies, drawers, shelves or baskets, make a place for every member of the family to stash their stuff. I’m personally a fan of having lots of hooks as it’s super easy for small kids to hang up their own things.

smp mudroom carlton landing

Style Me Pretty

Speaking of smart storage, the mesh cabinet fronts are a clever way to keep stinky sports equipment (or shoes!) properly airing out even while staying stashed. Install some pretty sconces to add out-of-the-way lighting.

laura burleson mudroom

Laura Burleson

I love how clean and modern this particular mudroom is. A double shoe rack on the bottom and individual cubbies clearly delineate each family member’s space. The flooring is easy to keep clean which is crucial — definitely avoid carpet or rugs that you can’t easily toss into the washing machine. Include a mat outside the door for everyone to wipe their shoes on as it will catch the majority of the dirt/sand/mud being tracked in.

emily clark mudroom

Emily A. Clark

brit mudroom

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Consider adding a bench into your design to provide a place to sit down and remove those muddy boots. It’s easy to integrate drawers or additional storage underneath the bench.

bhg mudroom 1

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If you don’t like the idea of always looking at the mudroom clutter, consider putting doors on the front of the individual cubbies. This grey mudroom below feels organized merely because everything is hidden behind those doors! Remember how everyone was taking the cupboard doors off their kitchen cabinets a few years ago? Open cubbies can often function much like open kitchen cabinets with no doors; you’ll have to keep it shipshape at all times if you’re prone to anxiety over visual clutter.

greige mudroom

City Farmhouse

This may be my most favorite mudroom ever. The mudroom could be a fun place to experiment with interesting tile that you might not want to commit to in the rest of the house. And how about that incredible skylight?

this old house mudroom

This Old House

I am so inspired by all of these gorgeous mudrooms – time to start getting organized before the schoolyear starts!


It is always my goal to bust the myth that “organizing is expensive”. Technically speaking, the act of organizing is free. You may even find yourself earning money during the process. It is the storage needed to complete the organizing projects that is typically costly. However, beautiful storage does not have to cause monetary pain. All you need is Craigslist or a thrift store paired with a little creativity and you can create some fairly inexpensive solutions to everyday storage problems. Let’s take a look at a few examples of fantastic furniture makeovers that didn’t break the bank, yet are excitingly unique.

Filing Cabinet Makeover

Let’s begin with one of my favorite transformations right away. Old metal filing cabinets are a dime a dozen at general thrift stores, but do you see what some spray paint and a remnant piece of stone can do? Not only is the filing system unique; it also boasts four total drawers while doubling as the perfect drop zone location.

Beautiful Jar Storage DIY

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Another hot item that can be found in just about every kitchen is a canning jar. Now we all know that canning jars are darling and can be used for endless storage purposes, but take a look at what the addition of some paint and hardware can do. These sweet jars look like they came straight from the shelves of the beautiful neighborhood boutique.

Bookcase Bathroom DIY

Bookcases and hutches typically land at the top of my favorite storage furniture list. They can easily be utilized in any room of the house; their versatility truly knows no bounds. Above, a dated hutch is now acting as a makeshift linen closet thanks to the help of some paint and blingy hardware.

Bookcase Craft Storage DIY

While this bookcase shows that a few minor modifications will create an entirely different storage purpose. Dowels really took this bookcase to new organizational heights for a variety of craft and gift wrapping supplies.

Frame Dowel DIY

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If space is a concern, dowels continue to work as inexpensive craft organization when paired with everyday photo frames. Let’s all vow to never pay full price for a decorative frame again; typically the older they are, the better their style!

Bookcase Island DIY

How about combining two console tables with four casters to create a mobile kitchen island? Extra work surface, added storage and mobility? It’s a kitchen trifecta!

Dresser to Desk DIY

Sure, paint is an instant game changer for most furniture makeovers. However, hardware can also do wonders for everyday pieces. Above, the addition of some simple hinges turned a common dresser into a one-of-a- kind desk!

Cabinet to Child

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Let’s not forget our younger pals, the craft desk above was created by modifying a standard kitchen cabinet!

Entryway Media Center Coat Storage DIY

Another make-you-smile spot for the kids can be created in your home’s entryway with the help of a repurposed media cabinet.

Garden Center DIY

Finally, think outside of your home’s walls. There are many wonderful exterior paints and polyurathanes on the market that allow furniture to function big out on your patio or front porch. Pair a variety of hooks and organizers with an old cabinet and your gardening routine just became even more lively.

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to search Craigslist and thrift stores for all of your storage needs?


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