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What it is: A shadow box converted into a charging station keeps cell phones, cameras, iPods, and all their power cords untangled and orderly.
How to make it: Find a shadow box wall shelf with an open back. Use hook-and-loop tape to attach a power strip to the back of the shadow box. Plug chargers into the power strip. Cut a piece of foam-core board to fit the inside of the cube and cover with decorative paper. Slide into the shelf to hide the power strip, feeding charger cords under foam-core board. (If necessary, cut small notches in the bottom of the foam-core board for the cords to sneak under.) Plug in electronics and set on the shelf.
What it is: An old table receives a fresh start as an office on wheels.
How to make it: Choose a table the width of a standard hanging file, then sand, prime, and paint it. Screw metal strips to the sides to accommodate hanging files, use a jigsaw to cut holes in the top for glasses or small storage buckets, and attach casters to the legs.
What it is: A way to hide cluttered bookshelves.
How to make it: Use canvas and tension rods to create shades for open spaces.
What it is: An information center on the inside of a kitchen cabinet that keeps track of kids' schedules, grocery lists, coupons, and other small items.
How to make it: Pile all of your picnic essentials into a repurposed, sturdy, canvas carryall, taking full advantage of divided pockets for flatware, salt and pepper shakers, and refreshments.
BHG Tip: Once the contents are unloaded on the table, insert a plastic bag to hold dirty dishes, recyclables, and trash -- for easy transport back home.
What it is: Savvy storage solutions for keeping stationery in order and all in the same place.
How to make it: Borrow a variety of small serving pieces and use a dab of adhesive putty on the bottom of each to keep them from moving around inside the drawer. Use a CD jewel case to store stickers. Clip stationery into sets and store in the lid of a photo box. Hold stacks of note cards in an hors d'oeuvres tray. Mini dipping bowls can round up stamps and address labels. Store pens in the base of a butter dish.
What it is: A basic ready-to-assemble bookshelf gets a makeover and, in turn, can work even harder.
How to make it: Cover the inside of your bookshelf with a decal that's easy to remove and update later. Then hot-glue two layers of ribbon to the front of each shelf for added embellishment. Add tags made from scrapbooking papers to keep books organized by genre.
What it is: A nifty divider that neatly organizes living room space into a hardworking entry.
How to make it: Assemble and attach three cabinet units together. Add hooks on the entry side to hang coats and bags.
What it is: An easy-to-spot shoemobile you can customize to store and roll anywhere.
How to make it: Keep every pair of shoes together in clear containers and place on shelves with easy-to-attach wheels.
What it is: A piece of art that also holds your favorite pieces of jewelry.
How to make it: Trim a metal radiator cover or wire screen to fit inside a frame. Stand it at the back of a dresser. Hook earrings through the grid and use small S hooks to hang other items
What it is: A simple way to store those occasional-use soft goods (throws, seasonal bedding, and formal dresses) and keep them safe and clean.
How to make it: Slit the seamed end of pretty pillowcases, apply liquid stitching adhesive, and cover the opening with coordinating bias tape. Slip over hangers.
What it is: A kid-friendly way to store just about anything.
How to make it: Drill hooks into the ceiling and use chain to hang the screen door from the hooks. Arrange pots and baskets evenly to distribute the weight equally.
What it is: A clever way to turn yardsticks into a functional coat rack.
How to make it: Attach five yardsticks together. Add hooks and hang where needed.
What it is: A changing-table is transformed into the ultimate beverage station, perfect for entertaining.
How to make it: Give it a fresh coat of paint. Add wheels to enable you to move the party from room to room and from inside to outdoors. Add plexiglass panels adorned with photo art and attach metal hooks and racks to increase organization.
What it is: A clever colorful bookcase fashioned from stacked benches.
How to make it: Paint graduated benches in coordinating colors. Then stack and fasten benches together.
How to make it: Remove the seat and legs of an old chair and mount it to the wall. Hang towels and other bathroom essentials.
What it is: A bookcase outfitted with personalized storage buckets keeps entries clutter-free.
How to make it: Prime and paint buckets to match your decor. Adjust bookcase shelves to make room for them. Secure name tags to the buckets with a metal fastener and use magnets to add to-do lists and messages.
What it is: Hangers and plank convert to a coat rack.
How to make it: Start with four hangers and a plank of wood and simply attach hangers to the plank.
What it is: An entry way turned into an ultra-organized mini mudroom.
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