Storing in Style: A Guide to Decorative Organization.

by Chris Gardner

Though (at least before October) it doesn't seem quite true that "modern living spaces are getting smaller and smaller with each passing day," there's absolutely nothing wrong with attractive and appealing means of stocking your goods.

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"Modern designing is becoming an art that finds the fine balance between style, aesthetic joy and utility. And the most important factor that will save you space, is making sure that you get rid of the...

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Free, Printable Mini File Folders.

by Chris Gardner

WHO CARES what you'd use 'em for? They're adorable!

Free, Printable Mini File Folders.

Whisker Graphics offers these FREE, download, print, and cut miniature file folders. Coming in at 4.75 x 7", you could use 'em for any of these recommended purposes:

- Store recipes from magazines
- Print a out and give as gifts
- Keep one in your purse to wrangle receipts
- An invite's handsome carrying case. (They fit nicely in a A7 envelope.)
- Put photos in them to give to family and...

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How To: Phone Book Desk Organizer.

by Chris Gardner

You'd think they'd figure it out by now...but no, updated phone books still land on your porch, often in pairs, every few months.

So, instead of immediately tossing them in the recycle bin, since you're obviously not an idiot and have discovered online tools that are far superior, make something useful....

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Chica and Jo offer this use: a desk organizer for office supplies.

Materials

  • 1 phone book (in good shape)
  • sharp utility knife
  • ...

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How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

by Chris Gardner

According to Zen Habits, the trick to successfully decluttering a room is finding a large area to serve as a working and organizing space. Then, you can:

How to Declutter an Entire Room in a Single Sweep.

"2. Start on one side of the room and work to the other.

3. Do one drawer or shelf or spot on the floor at a time.

4. Pull everything out of the drawer or shelf (or section of floor or what have you), and pile it in the working space. Clean out the drawer or shelf."

For the full approach...

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5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (Painlessly).

by Chris Gardner

These collections of quick-cleaning and decluttering never get old...because the clutter never seems to go away. These five from DumbLittleMan are a mighty fine five, particularly with the habit-creating, and not just the collecting and tossing approach.

5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (Painlessly).

1. Schedule Some Time
2. Concentrate On One Place
3. Tackle Something Each Day
4. Keep Up Your Enthusiasm
5. Don't Undo Your Good Work

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How To: Make Custom Magazine Files

by Chris Gardner

Monica has created the perfect DIY organizational project: custom magazine files that fit not only your room's decor, but your bookshelfs actual dimensions. These are guaranteed to look much more sharp and last way longer than ye old Flyt...

So says Monica, "Having gone to many different stores in the Bay Area, we decided that to be most efficient we would have to embark on a journey to create our own boxes. This turned out not only to be...

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6 Clever Storage Projects for Holiday Wrapping Supplies

by DIY Maven

Christmas ‘08 wrapping paper is probably in the recycling bin by now, but you might have saved a bow or two or ten. Or maybe you hit–or are going to hit–the after Christmas sales to stock up on some dirt cheap wrapping paper. Either way, you’re going to need a place to store the stuff until next year. BHG has some great ideas that will keep those wrapping supplies neat and tidy until they’re needed again.

The easiest of the bunch is this...

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Clever Storage: Use Empty Prescription Bottles for Small Supplies.

by Chris Gardner

Clever Storage: Use Empty Prescription Bottles for Small Supplies.

From needles and pins to x-acto knife blades to guitar picks, those little things that are essential to our hobbies, crafts, and projects are often the hardest to store, or worse, the hardest to find. So Julie Kundhi came up with this clever reuse - prescription or medication bottles with child safety features. And, to cover that awful pharmacy sienna or the generic pharmacy painkiller label, she provides this charming how-to to make them match...

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DIY Keyboard Thumbtacks.

by Chris Gardner

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Instructable-r NoahW has got it right: "keyboard keys + push pins = awesome keyboard thumb tacks!"

Just grab an old QWERTY keyboard (on sale en masse at your local thrift store) and cut away the excess plastic, then drill out a cozy space for your pushpin, and hot glue it in.

Check out the full how-to here.

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Decorator's Folder

by Lilybee

Martha has a 'Doh! That's-so-obvious-why-didn't-I think-of-it' idea for keeping track of your decorating stuff. The decorator's folder. What you do is keep swatches of paint, fabric and carpet in a folder. Revolutionary! Martha suggests a small accordion file but you could go crazy and have a file for each room.

Decorator's Folder

Taking the idea and running with it I have added:

  • Window measurements in both metric and imperial (cause my maths is lousy)
  • ...

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Clever Paper Storage Ideas

by DIY Maven

I spotted these inexpensive paper storage ideas over at Scrapbook Etc. A hanging closet organizer gets fitted with 12" x 12" bins that are labeled for quick and easy access.

Clever Paper Storage Ideas


In this application, clothing hangers, with the help of a few Hefty Jumbo 2.5 gallon One Zip plastic bags, becomes a very economical and tidy storage solution. Love 'em!

 

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