12 DIY Decluttering Projects to Shape Up Your Space

There's more to getting organized than tossing bins and baskets on shelves. To learn how to tame specific storage woes, we turned to bloggers for their creative organization ideas. From full-on DIY projects to store-bought upgrades, their storage solutions will inspire you to tidy up the shoes, papers, and toys currently cluttering up your home.

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  • A Pretty Pantry

    Melissa of A Prudent Life blog had a functional walk-in pantry that lacked her trademark "vintage modern chic" vibe. And update was called for! We love the new tile wall, gold hardware, pantry labels, and DIY light fixture, but our favorite feature of Melissa's updated space might be the chalkboard wall art. Can you believe it was her husband's first attempt at drawing with chalk?

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  • Entryway Shoe Organizer

    Leave it to Emily Henderson to devise a DIY shoe organizer that's simple, functional, and -- in her own witty words -- "inoffensive." The stylist and blogger built this wall-hanging storage piece to keep flat-soled shoes off the ground. Emily spray-painted her shoe organizer white, but you could match yours to your entryway walls for a similar minimalistic look.

  • DIY Jewelry Organizer

    Tired of tangled necklaces and forgotten earrings at the bottom of her jewelry box, Lauren of Bless'er House challenged herself to create a new system for displaying and storing accessories on a budget. Using thrifted materials, crafting scraps, and a bit of ingenuity, the DIY blogger built a wall-mounted jewelry organizer with rustic-meets-industrial appeal.

  • Color-Blocked Key Holder

    If you're still storing your keys in a small bowl by the front door, may we suggest ditching the dish in favor of this DIY key holder? Rachel of The Crafted Life combined three hot trends -- wood, gold foil, and color blocking -- for an organizational piece that makes a modern statement. Wooden slabs are available online or in a tree-filled backyard near you.

  • No-Sew Rope Basket

    Traditionally, rope baskets are stitched together -- and often costly. That's why we love the simple yet beautiful DIY version that twin sisters Sara and Melissa share on their blog, Alice & Lois. Their no-sew rope basket is perfect for lightweight storage (think yarn and stuffed animals), while the coil pattern adds beautiful texture to any room.

  • Portable Art Caddy

    It wasn't unusual for M.J. of Pars Caeli to find crayons, glue, and scissors all over her house. Rather than limit her children's artistic endeavors to one room, the blogger created a portable art caddy out of the unlikeliest of objects -- a chicken feeder! We love how the art supplies are grouped by type and are easily accessible when inspiration hits.

  • DIY Toy Storage

    As Laurel of A Bubbly Life demonstrates on her blog, DIY toy storage can be as easy as attaching wheels to a milk crate and painting on some personality. To coordinate with her daughter's nursery, Laurel paired sweet handpainted faces with a half-moon pattern inspired by a designer laundry basket.

  • Customized Message Center

    When Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling was looking for a way to organize her mail, sunglasses, and on-the-go lists, she found a near-perfect wall manager system at her local office supply store. However, its uninspiring design stuck out like a sore thumb in her colorfully decorated home, so the crafty blogger got to work customizing the store-bought message center.

  • Hard Drive Hideaway

    Oh, technology. We can't live without it, but we don't always want to look at it. That's why M.E. and Heather of We Can Make Anything began concealing their own small electronics inside books! Their easy DIY hideaway book tutorial is perfect for modems, routers, hard drives, and other palm-size devices.

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    Sculptural Jewelry Organizer

    Is it a sculpture? Or is it storage? We like to think that this DIY jewelry organizer by Mette of the blog Monster Circus is both. Its architectural design does double duty as modern art for your dresser and as a clever visual display for earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

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    Adult-Approved Lego Storage

    Blogger Heather Hess had a problem: She wanted to store her son's growing Lego collection in her dining room but couldn't find any practical toy storage suitable for a grown-up space. Heather's solution was a thrift store cabinet that, with a quick facelift, transformed into storage she and her son could both appreciate.

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    Organizing Open Shelving

    It's easy to conceal clutter behind closed doors, but what if your home lacks storage closets? We recommend taking a cue from Sarah of Sarah Hearts, whose upstairs hallway is lined with open shelving in lieu of a linen closet. To keep her towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies neat and tidy, Sarah organized with coordinating woven baskets and DIY chalkboard labels.

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    How to Shop for Storage Containers

    Pick the right container for your storage project with these simple-to-remember tips.

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    Flea Market Storage Ideas

    Amp up the storage in your home by reusing flea market finds. Whether you're making a shelving unit out of wood crates or reclaiming an old baker's rack, vintage furniture can easily add extra space for storing household items.
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