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Make These: Surprise Easter Egg Bath Bombs!

by M.E. Gray

How to make homemade bath bombs using plastic eggs as molds

DIY Bath Bombs - these come with a little something extra!

What sounds better: Soaking in a hot, bubbly bath? Or eating chocolate out of a plastic egg that used to be sitting in your backyard? Yeah, we thought so. These Easter eggs definitely have the better treat inside - DIY homemade bath bombs! Bath bombs are easy enough to pick up at the mall, but are much more affordable to make at home. Plus these Easter egg bath bombs come with a little surprise chick inside. I mean, c'mon. That's adorable.

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IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

by Holly Wade

IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

Have you ever struggled to find the perfect pattern for something? Then you see it...but it's the wrong product? That happened to me when I was searching for an outdoor rug, so actually decided I used an IKEA shower curtain to recover an outdoor rug, making a simple statement rug that was exactly what I wanted! Because shower curtains are already waterproof, you can makeover any rug with the pattern from a simple shower curtain. 

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68 Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters

by M.E. Gray
Apartment Decorating Ideas and Organization Tips for Renters
Source: Apartment Therapy; Photo Credit: Sophie Timothy

Renting your home has some perks (no mortgage, no maintenance costs, no headaches), but there are downsides: apartment decorating can be a challenge, and limited storage space makes it hard to stay organized.             

Many apartments are too small or don't offer much storage. Maybe the landlord won't let you paint or put nail holes in the wall. And rental properties are usually...

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Make Cleaning Less of a Chore with this DIY Household Cleaner Organizer

by M.E. Gray

Handmade cleaning caddy - keep all your cleaning supplies in one place with this cute carrier

 

There are a couple rules-of-thumb when it comes to successfully keeping your home clean. One of those rules is that you should always keep your cleaning supplies in one place, and you should always put them back when you're done using them. A cleaning caddy meets both those criteria, and - bonus - makes carrying household cleaners from room to room super easy! I've been wanting to incorporate a carrier into my cleaning routine for a while now, and rather than purchase a cheap-looking plastic one that will surely break over time, I opted to make one instead.     

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How to Clean Tile Grout

by Chris Gardner

 How To Clean Dirty Grout

Dirty grout is a common problem. But with so many cleaning tips floating around on the internet, it's hard to know what to believe. So I decided to take the guess work out of it by testing a few methods and reporting back to you. Read on to see what I discovered...  

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.

If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms.  We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!           

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DIY Some Self-Care: How to Make a Soothing Chai Spice Tub Tea

by Marlene Sauer
How to Make Chai Spice Tub Tea
Images by Marlene Sauer

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

No, I don't mean the Big C. My absolute favorite time of year is -- fall!

Every year when autumn hits here in New England, my senses come to life. Crisp, clear air; leaves to crunch through; snuggly scarves; cozy lit windows on dark, chill nights; there are so many little daily luxuries to savor.

And this year I'm adding another one, which will also help in my goal of better self-care: DIY chai spice tub tea!

Keep reading to see how easy it is to make your own chai spice tub tea!           

DIY Chai Spiced Tub Tea

I know, pumpkin spice latte is still the fall season drink-darling of the internet, but I'll choose a steaming cup of chai tea any day. That sweet and spicy scent sends me right into an autumn reverie. Since chai is both exhilarating and soothing, it's perfect for a stress-reducing aromatherapy bath.

While aromatherapy is often geared around specific essential oils that promote different benefits, you don't have to follow all the rules for a good self-care bath. We each have our own idea of what relaxes us. That's why I can't wait to have another soak in my DIY chai spice tub tea. It just melts all my tension away!

Plus, the epsom salt is known to relieve sore muscles, and black tea is full of antioxidants that are good for your skin. So this homemade tub tea is not only full of the joy of fall days, but it's good for you, too!

Since chai tea is full of complex flavors, this recipe does call for some whole spices. I am providing links to online sources in the materials, but the cheapest place to purchase whole spices is in bulk at a health or international food store. Bulk spices are really inexpensive when you're getting small amounts, so don't balk at the long ingredients list!

Okay, are you ready to make your own chai spice tub tea? For 5 "servings" of tub tea, you will need:

Materials

 

  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons black assam tea (I used bagged tea because it's what I had on hand)
  • 4 tablespoons green cardamom pods
  • 2 tablespoons dried ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 5-8 pieces star anise
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
  • Paper tea sachets, or small muslin drawstring bags
  • A bowl
  • A jar with an airtight lid
  • A spoon
Note that this listing is for 50 drawstring bags! A health food store should sell them individually if you just want a few. 

Step

Measure all the ingredients, except cinnamon sticks, into the jar, and stir well until completely combined. You can use the spoon to gently crush the larger star anise pieces so they get evenly distributed.

Then, add the cinnamon sticks on top (they just are too big to be stirred).

 

Step

How to Make a Chai Spice Tub Tea

Fill each tea bag until its about 2/3 full. Place a cinnamon stick in each bag, and tie. 

That's it! When you are ready to use your chai spice tub tea, simply draw a bath, and place the sachet right into the water so it steeps, just like a drinkable tea. You can crush the bag in your fingers a bit to enhance the aroma. Bonus points for stirring an extra cup of epsom salts into the bath for even more benefit!

Then, recline into your chai scented tub and let your troubles simmer away.


Make homemade chai spice tub tea

DIY Chai Spice Tub Tea
Images by Marlene Sauer

 

I know it's SUPER TEMPTING to make a cup of chai tea to drink with the same batch while you're at it, but please don't drink this mix with epsom salt -- it works as a laxative when ingested. However, everything else is edible, so if you leave that out, you have a recipe for a delicious mug of chai!

These simple homemade tub tea sachets would make a great self-care gift, don't you think? Just add a little gift tag to each bag. Or, you can gift a whole jar of the tea blend with some sachets, so your recipient can customize the strength of each individual pouch.

How to Make a Chai Spice Tub Tea
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But, this is one of those gifts I *may* end up keeping for myself!

What's your favorite way to unwind with some self-care? Tell us what relaxes you during this busy time of year! And, what do you think of this chai spice tub tea recipe?

 

 

 

Looking for more DIYs that celebrate the scents of fall? Give this simmer pot a try

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These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

by Jennifer Farley

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door. 
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...

Obviously, we had to remedy these problems. Bathroom windows are a good thing! They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.       

   

Options Under $25

Rustoluem frosted glass spray paint

 

Masking bathroom windows before painting

 

1. Frosted spray paint for privacy in bathroom windows

Grab some painters tape and this can of frosted glass spray paint for less than $4 and you have got a pretty easy privacy fix.

 

Frosted window
Thrifty Fun

2. Frosted contact paper window treatments

You can use the contact paper "as is" or you could use a cut out to make a fun pattern like this tutorial over at Thrifty Fun. This would be a great fix for a rental but my guess is the humidity from your bathroom would cause peeling. This might not be the best permanent solution but a great inexpensive temporary solution costing less than $10.

 

3. Privacy window vinyl static film

A more permanent option would be to spend a little more to purchase vinyl cling film for your bathroom windows. The cost depends on the size of the window but a 17 X 78 inch piece from Amazon costs around $14.

 

4. DIY privacy screen using lace or sheer fabric

A creative option would be to make a privacy screen to place in front of the panes of your bathroom windows. All you need is a wood frame and a remnant of lace. Check out how to make this lace window screen here. If you need a little more privacy use a more patterned lace or a sheer piece of fabric.

To make the frame you could use an old window with no glass or canvas frame found at a craft store.

5. Hang thrifted art over part or all of your bathroom window.

Many people hang art in their bathroom, so why not use that art to cover a window? I know the photo is not a bathroom but a piece of art could cover a lot of window. For a smaller window positioned high, a small piece could cover the bottom window pane. If you want to keep it budget friendly head to the thrift store to find a treasure.

 

Bathroom window curtains
Amazon

6. Install inexpensive bathroom window curtains

A short cafe-style curtain can create bathroom window privacy and still let in light from above. These bathroom window curtains fit perfectly in humid environments, as they actually repel water. Find them on Amazon for under $14.

 

DIY Bathroom Window Curtains
Real Housewives of Minnesota

7. Sew your own bathroom window curtains 

Can't find any bathroom window curtains that fit your style or size? All you need to make your own is a tension rod, a bit of fabric, and some needle and thread. Check out this easy tutorial for the step-by-step instructions. 

Want to make your own bathroom window curtains, but don't want to sew them? Find out how to make no-sew curtains by following this tutorial.

 

Options Under $50

1. A simple bathroom window curtain panel

Why over-think it when simple bathroom window curtains will create usable and durable privacy. This is what we use for my master bathroom window.

 

2. Custom cafe curtains

If you have a larger window use thicker drapery panels to cover the bottom part of the window. You would need to buy a curtain panel and a curtain rod putting this project over the $25 mark, unless you have a small window and can use a tension or cafe rod. Another budget friendly option is using kitchen towels for curtain panels.

 

3. Small faux wood shutters

This is such a great fix for smaller bathroom windows. You can find these at Lowes or other home improvement stores. If you have a standard size window you can often find paintable wood versions at local salvage stores or Habitat for Humanity Re-stores.

 

4. Double-sided mirror privacy window film

Turn your window into a tinted mirror with two-way window film. You will be able to see outside but they will not be able to see into your bathroom. The cost of this depends on the size of your window but a small window can definitely be covered for under $50.

 

5. DIY a roman shade with shower curtain fabric

You can use a tutorial like this one to make a roman shade using a fabric shower curtain.

For windows in the shower, you can protect your wood trim by painting the trim with boat paint (Also called marine paint).

 

Cordless bathroom window curtains
JCPenny

6. Cordless bathroom window shades

These simple shades go up and down without the use of cords, meaning they're ideal for homes with pets or small children. Let light in as you please for under $50.

 

Macrame hanging in window
Amazon

7. Hang a macrame wall hanging in the window

Privacy is key when you're in the bathroom, but it's also important to let as much natural light in as possible. Hanging a macrame wall hanging in the window (especially one in a light color), adds beauty and privacy. We love this one from Amazon!

 

Options under $100

1. Hang a mirror over your window

Block the view through your bathroom window with a large mirror. It works even if its not over your sink as well. It can be a great dressing or make-up mirror.

 

2. Hang vintage stained glass over your window

You can find vintage stained glass for under $100 at flea markets and antique stores. Hello, architectural detail!

 

3. Install Leaded Glass Window Film

I am actually not sure if the window above is window film but I have always wanted to try this leaded glass window film from Wall Paper for Windows. I also like the tudor style leaded glass. They have the blurred glass and the privacy frosted glass as well. The cost depends on your window size but its pricier and more durable than the less expensive window cling.

 

4. Hang a Bamboo Shade In your Bathroom

Bamboo shades are great options for privacy while also allowing light to filter through. Bamboo can also hold up to humidity pretty well as well. You can find many options under $50 at home decor stores or department stores.

 

Options Over $100

1. Install Plantation Shutters

These plantation shutters can be custom made to fit any window. You can order then at most home improvement stores in their special order area.

 

2. Install a leaded glass, stained glass or frosted glass replacement window

If you are remodeling this might be a good fix but it will be the most expensive.

 

3. Install Shower Grade Plantation shutters in your shower.

There are companies, like Hunter Douglas, that make shower grade plantation shutters and trim to install over existing bathroom windows in your shower.

4. Install Privacy Window Inserts

Indow Window is a window insert company that has a wide variety of uses for their window inserts. This is much less expensive than installing a new window. They have frosted privacy options that can be easily installed by any homeowner like the pictures shows above.

 

5. Install Bottom-Up Top-Down Roman Shades

Most custom blind stores sell bottom-up/ top down roman shades. By just using the cord attached they can work like roman shades or they can raise up from the bottom to shade the lower part of your bathroom windows.


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In conclusion, there's no need to expose yourself. Hopefully one of these bathroom windows solutions will work for you!

Do you need storage for your small bathroom? Check out these 15 solutions to help with your small bathroom organization woes.

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How to Organize Your Linen Closet Like a Boss

by M.E. Gray

Linen Closet Organization

Ah, the linen closet. The junk drawer of the closet world. The gateway to a lesser Narnia. What should be a place for organized towels and blankets can so easily become pure chaos! If you're the type who wads up their sheets and shuts the door, you're not alone! Fortunately, linen closet organization can be achieved with just a little change in routine and some prep work. Read on to learn how to make the best use of the space in your home, and tame that linen or bathroom closet once and for all.               

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Curtain Lengths: How Long Should Your Curtains Be?

Curtain lengths: How long should my curtains be?
Photo: Lidy Dipert

Is there a "right" option for curtain lengths? That depends on who you ask, and often just asking the question can leave you more confused than you were before. The long and short of it is (no pun intended): it's up to you. But we're here to help as you answer the question, "How long should curtains be?" We'll be taking a critical look at curtain lengths, tall and small. What side are you on?               

Basic Curtain Lengths: To the Floor

Floor length curtains
Source: Little Green Notebook

Let's start with what's probably the most common of the curtain lengths: to the floor. This is the standard length for hanging curtains - either hitting the floor exactly or hovering a half inch off the ground. Sheer white curtains hung like the ones above (from Little Green Notebook) and the ones below (via A Cup of Jo) are both modern and classic. The curtain lengths make the ceilings seem taller and the room more polished, maybe even a bit formal.

Floor length curtains
Source: A Cup of Jo; Photography: Amy Moss

Cons to floor length? They may make your room look too formal for your liking. Dust will inevitably collect around the bottoms. Also, children may be more likely to grab them and use them as a climbing rope. If you're asking yourself, "Should curtains go to the floor?," and kids, pets, and dust aren't a concern, then floor length is probably your best bet.

 

Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains

Floor to ceiling curtains
Source: Lonny; Photography: Carol Viziri

You may have heard that hanging your curtains from the ceiling will make your living space appear taller. But how? Visually, your eye tends to follow lines. Whether it's the double yellow line on the highway, or the walkway to your front door, your eye is drawn towards (and up) pathways. By hanging your curtains from the highest point on the wall, your eye travels up the line, causing you to notice that there is height in the space you are standing in. 

Sheer floor-to-ceiling curtains
Source: AVharrison Publishing

If your living space has high ceilings already, compliment them with tall curtain lengths. Floor-to-ceiling curtains can also help to divide space, whether you're tucking away a window seat (like the floor-to-ceiling curtains via Lonny) or cutting a whole room in half. Heads up: The worst thing you can do when hanging curtains from the ceiling is to hang them too short. The heightening trick-of-the-eye doesn't work well if the curtain line abruptly cuts off before it hits the ground.

 

Short Curtains

Short curtains
Source:  Pinterest

Then there's the other end of the curtain lengths spectrum: short curtains. Visually speaking, high-water style is not the most appealing way to hang curtains. The shorter length can appear dated. Also, it can cut the visual height of your room in half. From a purely practical standpoint, however, short curtains are sometimes the best option. In the home, it seems like many parents choose shorter curtains for kids' rooms, probably to avoid the whole Tarzan situation, or just to limit sticky fingers from touching the window treatments. You may also be forced to hang short curtains by the presence of heat-producing radiators or heaters.

Sill-length curtains
Source: Style at Home; Photography: Christy Wright

If you hang short curtains, aim to hit a perpendicular mark on the wall. For instance, the curtain lengths should meet at the top of the baseboard, or the bottom of the windowsill.

 

Café Curtains

Cafe curtains in kitchen
Source: Heidi Piron

Café curtains are fairly common where there's a window sill over, say, a sink in a kitchen. Or, in their namesake, cafés, where you wouldn't want curtains dragging the floor of such a busy, public place.

Cafe curtains in bathroom
Source: Decor Pad

Café curtains are hung usually at the halfway point of a window, or on the bottom pane of a two-part window. They're great for when you need a bit of privacy (like in this bathroom pictured above), but don't necessarily want to block out all the natural light coming through the window. Because café curtains are short and cute, they can give a room a more casual vibe.

 

Breaking at the Floor

Puddling curtains
Source: Amber Interiors

We've discussed short curtains, and curtains that hit the floor perfectly. What curtain lengths are left? Long curtains. The more billowy a curtain becomes as it breaks at the floor, the more dramatic it will look. A simple "kiss" to the ground, like the curtains pictured above (via Amber Interiors), adds a touch of flair to this otherwise simple window treatment. This option is similar in style to floor length, but will require more care - dust bunnies like to live in the folds of the billowing curtains!

Puddled curtains
Source: Blinds.com

Last, there's the most extreme curtain length: puddled. This is a typical French look (think the Rococo period), and is most successful with high ceilings and, usually, expensive fabric. Typically silks are going to billow the best, being both lightweight and a natural fiber. 

Obviously, this look adds a lot of glam to even the simplest decor. But, you really need to have the right architecture to pull it off. 

So, how long should curtains be?

The answer is up to you, your style, and your needs. Hopefully this primer on curtain lengths will help you pick the best window trimmings for your home!


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So, what are the best curtain lengths for your space? Are you Team Shortie? Puddler? Somewhere in between? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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25 Alternative Olive Oil Uses

by Chris Gardner

There are many olive oil uses beyond what you might normally think of (cooking!). It's an incredibly versatile substance that you can put to good use in a lot of interesting situations. Here's how ... 

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Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.   

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72 Organization Tips for Every Room of the House

by M.E. Gray

The ultimate roundup of organization tips, tricks, and projects for every space in your home

Organization: you either love it or hate it. No matter your stance, having a good system of organizing is the key to a clean, calm living space. And who doesn't want that? We've rounded up our favorite organization tips and DIY projects to help turn your home into the oasis it should be.       

What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!

TABLE OF CONTENTS


ENTRYWAY

DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

1. DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage: Keep shoes tidy by storing them vertically.

 

Over the Stairs Mudroom | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

2. Over the Stairs Mudroom: No space for a mudroom? These stair-cubbies beg to differ. Make the most of the space where shoes, coats, and gloves will inevitably end up.

 

Hidden Key Storage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Planq Studio

3. Hidden Key Storage: There are certain things that are best kept by the door, but that doesn't necessarily mean they need to be seen. Unsightly objects can be kept contained behind a pretty picture. 

 

DIY Mail Basket | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Sponge

4. Mail Basket: You need a place to toss your mail. We're loving this simple leather strap stunner!

 

Order Matters | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Real Simple

5. Order of Things: Put hooks, containers, and mats in your entryway to correspond with the order in which you unload at the end of the day. Always take your shoes off last? Put a shoe rack at the end of your mudroom. Keeping things simple will keep you organized.

 

Try Narrow Shelving | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Nordic Bliss

6. Narrow Boxes: If you're limited on space, mount a narrow shelf on the wall to store what you need.

 

Minimal Wall Hooks | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Muuto

7. Wall Dots: If you're looking for a cleaner look, simply mount wall hooks to hang your belongings.

 

Giant Calendar | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Simple Shapes

8. Giant Calendar: Putting a calendar by the front door means everyone can stay on schedule. Get a giant planner like this one to organize absolutely everyone's agendas.

 

IKEA Fintorp System | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Cup of Jo

9. IKEA Entryway: If you don't have one, create your own mini-mudroom. A bench and this Fintorp rack from IKEA are just enough to keep the entryway tidy.

 

Recycling Station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

10. Recycling Station: If you have the extra space, organize your recycling by the back door to keep it out of the kitchen. Use a pegboard and baskets to sort items.

 

Magnetic Homework Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Idea Room

11. Organization Board: Use metal boards and magnets at the entryway to keep kids' homework and assignments in order. 

 

Bucket Umbrella Stand | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

12. Umbrella Station: Make a space for everything and every situation. A heavy duty container (like this metal bucket) is perfect for storing wet umbrellas.

 


KITCHEN

Create Vertical Space with a Kitchen Pegboard | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

13. Small Space Kitchen: Organize pots and pans on a wall-mounted pegboard.

 

Organize the fridge with bins | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

14. Fridge Bins: Step up your refrigerator game by keeping similar foods in labeled bins. Bonus - create an "almost expired" bin for food that's about to go bad. Store it near the front of your fridge so you're sure to pull from it first!

 

Etched Jar Labels | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Martha Stewart

15. Etched Glass Storage Jars: It's one of the classic organization tips: keep track of dry goods by storing them in matching containers. 

 

Harmonious Vinyl Jar Labels | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Painted Hive

16. Magic Decals: If etching isn't your speed, try organizing with easy-to-apply decals.

 

Create a Magnetic Fridge Work Station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Paper Mama

17. Fridge Work Station: If you can put a magnet on it, it can be stored on your fridge! Create a mini command station by using small boxes and magnets to store all your odds and ends.

 

This bookshelf is a pantry! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: My Sweet Savannah

18. Bookshelf Pantry: If your home doesn't have a pantry, make your own by using bookshelves.

 

Fintorp Hook System in the Kitchen | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Living Space

19. IKEA Fintorp Kitchen Organization: Take advantage of any empty wall space by using a bar and hook system.

 

Hidden Pocket Organizers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Organizing Home Life

20. Cupboard Pocket Organizers: Don't waste the space inside your cupboards! These plastic envelopes are perfect for keeping track of receipts, mail, and bills.

 

DIY Magnetic Paper Towel Holder | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

21. Magnetic Towel Bar: Make the most use of metal surfaces by utilizing magnets to hang what can't fit on your countertop.

 

Hidden Kitchen Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Two Twenty One

22. Hidden Kitchen Organizer: Take your cupboards to the next level by making this DIY command station just inside the door - no more clutter on the refrigerator!

 

Canned Food Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Classy Clutter

23. Canned Food Organizer: Store cans and jars on a rolling cart next to the fridge.

 

Airtight containers above the countertop | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: HGTV

24. Airtight Containers: Cut down on wasted pantry space by trading cardboard containers for uniform glass ones. They'll keep food fresh for longer, and they're easier to organize.

 

Wire Spice Rack | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Freckled Laundry

25. Wire Spice Rack: Store seasoning directly on the wall for easy access.

 

Keep Your Trash Bags on a Roll | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Simply Organized

26. Trash Bags on a Roll: You use them frequently - make them easy to reach! Store trash bags on dowel rods under the kitchen sink.

 

Tension Rods Make Organizing Easier! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Apartment Therapy

27. Tension Rod Organizer: Speaking of under the sink... you can easily keep cleaning bottles within reach by storing them on a tension rod.

 

How to Tame a Junk Drawer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

28. Junk Drawer: The junk drawer doesn't have to be a pit. Use rubber bands to store like-items together.

 

Magnetic Knife Hooks do Double-Duty | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

29. Magnetic Knife Rack Hooks: Knife strips do double-duty. Use magnetic hooks to keep track of odds and ends.

 


OFFICE

Take your office supplies to the wall | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: The Lovely Drawer

30. DIY Hanging Organizer: It's as pretty as a picture, but also holds all your stuff! If you don't have any room on your desk, use wall space to store additional office supplies.

 

Create your own organizer from a slab of wood | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

31. Wood Desk Organizer: Take control of desk clutter by creating a unique wood slab organizer.

 

Organize on the cheap using cardboard and glue | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design for Mankind

32. DIY Cardboard Organizer: Here's an organization tip for you: You don't have to spend a bunch of money just to have a non-cluttered desk. Make your own organizer from layers of cardboard.

 

These magnetic dishes are game-changing | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Girl and a Glue Gun

33. Magnetic Dishes: Never lose another paperclip. Keep a magnetic dish on the side of your filing cabinet for pushpins, binder clips, and other metal odds and ends.

 

Chalkboard paint makes it easy to label and re-label file drawers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Design Improvised

34. Chalkboard Filing Cabinet: Paint a filing cabinet with chalkboard paint so you can label and re-label drawers as needed. It's also great for scrawling notes to yourself.

 

IKEA Fintorp Rack system used to organize craft supplies | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Renovation Tracker

35. IKEA Double Duty: This Fintorp rack system can literally be used in any room of the house. Here it is storing pens, pencils, and other tools via small buckets.

 

Keep like-items together | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Harri Wren

36. Paper Pencil Cup: Again, organization doesn't have to be expensive! These pencil cups are made from paper. The main goal when organizing a desk is to keep like items together, and frequently used items within easy access.

 

Go vertical with hanging baskets | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: A Pair and a Spare

37. DIY Hanging Baskets: Go vertical with your storage using hanging baskets.

 

Personalize your desk with DIY organizers | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Homey Oh My

38. Wood Desk Organizers: Being hands-on means being able to keep everything uniform and matching. Make your own desk cubbies from wooden craft boxes.

 

Gold and glam knockoff | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: View From the Fridge

39. Anthro Knock-Off Gold Organizer: Can you believe this is made from old cans? Being organized can be so glamorous.

 

Wrapping paper can be conveniently stored on dowel rods and hooks | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Woman's Day

40. Wrapping Paper Rolls: Use small hooks and dowel rods to hang gift wrapping paper.

 

Plastic bottles as organizers?? | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Make It and Love It

41. Plastic Bottle Bins: Can you believe these used to be plastic bottles? Organization on the cheap! By hanging these containers, they can be easily moved and rearranged as needed depending on the project you're working on.

 

Hide that unsightly printer! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: DIY Playbook

42. Printer-in-a-Basket: Unsightly electronics don't have to be seen. Hide 'em in a basket.

 

Labels are love | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Dabbles and Babbles

43. Washi Tape Cord Labels: Mark your cords with colorful washi tape to avoid the dreaded "pile of wires".

 

Use drawer dividers to keep your sanity in the office | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Modish & Main 

44. Desk Drawer Dividers: Don't let your desk drawers become endless pits of junk. Improve efficiency by storing them in dividers.

 

Binder clips are your buddies! Use them to hold cords in place along your desk | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Life Hack

45. Binder Clip Organizer: No more looking under your desk for that missing plug! Keep cords in the same place by affixing them to your desk with a binder clip.

 


CLOSETS

Save on space and spare the wrinkles | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IKEA

46. Stacked Pants:  Save on space and spare the wrinkles with this IKEA hack for hanging pants.

 

Enforce Limits | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Real Simple

47. Enforce Limits: Use restraint when storing your belongings in a communal closet, like this hall closet. It's everyone's space - be mindful!

 

DIY Bungee Organizer | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Brit Co.

48. Bungee Organizer: These stretchy ropes hold just about anything. If you don't have the built-in space to hold your belongings, try creating your own.

 

Add a little light to your closet, making it easier to navigate through | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

49. Let There Be Light: Adding a little light to your closet will make locating things a breeze. Use a stick-on L.E.D. lamp or strip of lights to illuminate the space.

 

Hang those heels to prevent scuffing | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Stylizimo

50. Heel Bar: Keep your high-heeled shoes scuff-free by storing them on the wall with a towel bar.

 

Fold linen sets inside their matching pillowcases | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Home Goods

51. Organize Linens: By folding sheets inside of their corresponding pillowcases, you're sure to never lose track of a set!

 

Don't waste a lick of closet space | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Just a Girl and Her Blog

52. Utilize the Whole Space: Closets are small by nature, so don't waste a single inch. If you have space on the floor, you can use it to store shoes. Space above? Store objects you don't need everyday access to, like out-of-season clothing.

 

Make this sliding scarf organzier | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: View Along the Way

53. Slide-Out Scarf Organizer: Scarves are tricky to keep organized, but this DIY sliding organizer does the trick.

 


LAUNDRY

Built-in folding station | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Vintage Revivals

54. Laundry Countertop: Use the space above your laundry machine by creating a folding station out of wood. 

 

Laundry tips for little ones | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

55. Laundry System for Kids: Give your kids their own (labeled) laundry bins to teach them the importance of taking care of their belongings. 

 

A drawer on its side make a great shelf | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

56. Re-purposed Drawer Shelves: Mount a brightly colored drawer above your washing machine for added storage - plus the drawer pulls act as hooks!

 

Iron-on labels make sorting laundry a breeze | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

57. Iron-on Laundry Labels: If you sort your laundry as you're putting it in the basket, guess what you don't have to do before washing a load? Keep your colors separated with labeled bins. 

 

Learn how to actually fold a fitted sheet | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Curbly

58. Properly Fold Your Sheets: Your laundry will look seamless once you learn how to fold those pesky fitted sheets. Plus when folded properly, they take up way less room in your closet. 

 


BATHROOM

Interchangeable pallet system | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Ich Designer

59. Pallet Rack: This pallet-and-hook organizer is interchangeable, making it an ideal solution for those of us who like to rearrange.

 

Keep your earrings wired! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Morning Creativity

60. Wire Earring Organizer: Earrings are notorious for getting lost. Display what you have and keep track of your collection with a frame and some mesh wire. 

 

No shelving in your bathroom? Make your own! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Redbook

61. Towel Rack: No shelving in your bathroom? Bring in your own, like this IKEA-hack towel rack.

 

Easiest way to keep rings organized | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: michele ng

62. DIY Ring Box: With a cardboard box and some foam, this ring holder is almost too easy.

 


GARAGE

Bikes stored vertically take up way less room | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: IHeart Organizing

63. Vertical Bike Storage: Bikes can take up a lot of space in a garage or basement. Try storing them vertically by mounting hooks to a wall or a low ceiling. 

 

Keep like-items together in the garage | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Maillardville

64. Garage Garden Station: As there usually isn't a focal point in a garage (other than the car), it's easy for things to feel like they're getting out of hand. By storing similar items together, your garage will develop a sense of cohesiveness. 

 

Colorful screwdriver rack | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Homemade Modern

65. Screwdriver Rack: Store your tools with... well, other tools!

 

DIY PVC Storage System | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: NewlyWoodwards

66. PVC Tool Storage: Few things are more frustrating than repeatedly knocking over the same shovel every time you move things around in your garage. Cut out that horrible clanging sound by keeping yard tools in this awesome do-it-yourself PVC storage system.

 

Use tin cans to organize supplies | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Hi Sugarplum!

67. Pegboard and Can System: Organize efficiently and for less by using recycled cans.

 

Gutters make great shelving! | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Anyone Can Decorate

 68. Gutter Shelving: You heard that right. Gutters make great shelves!

 

The Ultimate Workstation | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Popular Woodworking

69. The "Hold Everything" Tool Rack: The ultimate craftsman's storage system.

 

PVC for Power Tools | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Remodelaholic

70. PVC Power Tool Holder: PVC is at it again! These large pipes make perfect containers for power tools.

 

A magnetic knife rack is a great solution for keeping track of drill bits | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

71. Magnetic Holder: A knife holder can be a great solution to keeping track of drill bits.

 

Keep touch-up paint in easy-to-mix wide-mouth jars | 72 Organization Tips and Projects for Every Space in Your Home

Photo: Hi Sugarplum!

72. How to Organize Paint: Wide-mouthed jars are great for holding touch-up paint, plus they're easier to shake and mix than a full bucket.

 


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