Quickly boost entryway storage with the simple addition of baskets. Use the open bins to sort items like shoes, scarves, and gloves so you can grab what you need and get out the door. Tuck the baskets under an entryway table or against a wall to keep them out of the traffic flow.
If you're short on bedroom storage, look for furniture that does double duty. Place an upholstered ottoman at the foot of your bed to add handy storage and seating. Fill the inner storage compartment with extra linens and blankets or out-of-season clothing.
The wall next to your desk can hold more than a calendar. Instantly expand storage space with a hanging arrangement that combines paper organizers, pen holders, and mail catchers. Taking these items off the work surface gives you more space to complete tasks and cross items off your to-do list.
Transform a blank wall into a kid's art center that combines storage and creativity. Cover the area with chalkboard paint and mount a roll of kraft paper at children's eye level. Add a magnetic strip for detachable marker and crayon tins and an upper shelf for messier crafting supplies. Open frames attached to the wall showcase their latest paintings or chalk drawings.
Upgrade your spice drawer with proper labeling and clear containers to make cooking more seamless. The uniform jars easily fit in square storage boxes inside the drawer to prevent tipping or spilling. Add labels on the tops so you can find what you need at a glance. Use different colored labels to separate spices into further categories, like cooking or baking.
Editor's Tip: Whole spices stay fresh for up to 2 years while ground spices have a 6-month shelf life.
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Speed up cleaning time by designating containers and buckets to a specific person or activity. Choose containers with handles that can easily transport between rooms and hide the clutter tucked away inside. Label each one so all family members know where things should go.
Short on counter space? Employ a rolling kitchen cart to hold appliances, boost prep space, or easily transport dinner courses from oven to table. Store extra bowls or linens on the lower shelves for easy serving and cleanup.
Fasten a spring tension curtain rod inside a bookshelf, cabinet, or rolling cart to help organize hard-to-store items. This storage project is perfect for holding rolls of tape and ribbon at-the-ready so you can simply cut off the amount you need. If your collection grows, add more storage by staggering two rods on top of each other.
Tired of tangled chains and misplaced makeup? Repurpose picture frames into jewelry and cosmetic storage with a fresh coat of paint and a decorative metal sheet. Push small S hooks into the metal sheet to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Get a similar look with magnetic chalkboard paint. Then, stick magnetic strips to the bottom of makeup containers to secure them onto the chalkboard.
PVC pipe is strong, affordable, and comes in a variety of sizes, which makes it an ideal material for inexpensive DIY projects. Use it to create an organizer for kitchen utensils, craft items, or office supplies. After cutting and spray-painting the pipe, secure the pieces upright on a sturdy board to form individual holders.
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Simple solutions can add much-needed storage space to a small kitchen. Outfit the side of an island or work cart with a towel bar for easy cooking cleanup. Beyond a towel, the bar can double as a place to hang cooking utensils, pots and pans, or extra aprons.
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Find a new use for antique shop scores. Here, a plate, cake stand, and small bowl keep makeup, brushes, and jewelry nearby for busy mornings. Increase the structure's stability by gluing each item to the plate.