Confession: when I was in college, I'd watch This Old House every Saturday morning. Granted, it was on during my shift at the broadcasting station, but I made it a point to shirk all my other duties so I could take notes during the episodes. (It was college, taking notes was like breathing back then.). They always had something useful for my DIY-self. Take, for example, this bracket-turned-magazine rack… Continue Reading
Oh snap! Looks like we've got stumps on the brain. Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights! If you're ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your… Continue Reading
I've been obsessed with covering something, anything really, in cork ever since seeing a lamp base in a now defunct shelter magazine a few years ago. Who couldn't use a little extra place to pin an important note or photo? Somehow the material manages to fit into any number of decor styles, making it super versatile and useful. Ready to find out… Continue Reading
I spent a bit of time recently wrapping birthday presents, and realized that my gift wrapping storage under the bed was less than effective in keeping everything organized and accessible. Just imagine this DIYer's Before picture under my bed. No bueno. I'll just admit I've been slapping on those cheap bows recently just to avoid pulling out my supplies.
I am highly considering making our coat closet (coat closets in Arizona? What were they thinking??) into something as organized as this Before/After… Continue Reading
Warning: For anyone who doesn't have a pantry and wants one, these makeovers will only make you want one MORE! And for those of you who DO have pantries, they just may make you want to do some serious organization. (Visit the links to see how… Continue Reading
We've covered our bases with green cleaning products, ideas for re-using old towels (shaggy-cool bath mats!), and tips for cleaning out and organizing those pesky junk drawers. But what do you do with all those random items you've cleared out? Sure, you could throw them away, but we have a better idea. Put on your creative caps and turn them into one-of-a-kind, eco-chic items for your home!
From wine cork… Continue Reading
During Curbly's Spring Cleaning Month, we've been concentrating on the indoors. Today we venture out a bit and head to the often neglected garage!
With warm temperatures here (or, hopefully, just around the corner) it's a great time to reclaim your garage for its intended purpose, as, according to the US Department of Energy, only 1/4 of all homeowners with a 2-stall garage can't even park 1 car in their… Continue Reading
SimpleHuman (the folks behind the awesome recycler/trashcan we reviewed yesterday) is giving away 30 products for 30 days to share their designs that make life easier at home. 30 product videos highlight each tools’ personality to help people understand the core features of simplehuman’s wide range of… Continue Reading
Junk drawers. Everyone's got one. Which I think is okay, because homes do really need one. You need a central location to store something like a pencil so you don't have to run upstairs to the office everytime. A place to keep the things you don't wanna forget about, like gift cards, receipts, your Netflix DVD envelope, or for "need it when you need it" items like coasters or matches. Having a designated spot for these random items is way better that leaving them out on side tables and countertops.
But just because you need a junk drawer doesn't mean you can just pile items atop each other and then go banging around in there as you look for that other earring you thought you saw in there the other day. That's why you, my friend, need a custom, inexpensive junk drawer organizer that you can make… Continue Reading
My silverware drawer is embarrassing. It has become the Bermuda Triangle of my kitchen as it's the catch-all for little stuff that I think is too important to throw but not important enough for which to find a spot. It's also a depository for random twist ties, wine corks, chopsticks, a PEZ dispenser, pens, pens and more pens. And don't even get me started about the 'country' blue organizer. Ick. SO, I decided to… Continue Reading
We recently moved into a rental condo where, among a bazillion other rules, we can't paint our walls. Which is unfortunate, because the last tennants "touched up" with flat paint over the existing eggshell finish. It makes for an interesting pattern on the walls, but I digress. Our drab laundry room not only was white beyond all sterile imagining, but it had zero shelving or storage. The solution to our blah laundry room was found in a few… Continue Reading
We've been talking a lot about money-saving cleaning tips and projects, Spring Cleaning checklists, and other ways of organizing your home this month, but it's time to focus on that one area we see, and use, every day: clothes closets!
Though often overlooked, this space sets the tone for the rest of your day: a messy closet adds chaos and stress, an organized closet promotes peace and calm. We'd all prefer the latter,… Continue Reading
This is my pathetic bookshelf. Yes, I still have college my textbooks.
I wish I could say my bookshelves were full of classic novels and first editions, but the best I can do is a 3rd Edition of Hypnobirthing and an entire row of fantasy books. If that doesn't hurt my literary morale enough, the shelves are unorganized to boot. What I need are some attractive bookends to make my book collection look a little more impressive and easy on the… Continue Reading