The key to an organized home is simple: find a place to put everything, and then remember where it is. Message centers allow you to store your mail, bills, lists, keys, and assorted office supplies in one reasonable spot. Here's an attractive DIY option from Sunset magazine, which includes a corkboard door for posting memos and ideas. The instructions are clear and totally approachable for even the most novice DIYsters. Via.
I grew tired of not wearing my jewelry because I couldn’t find it in my jewelry box. A display pegboard seemed like a good alternative to the messy box.
Props you’ll need:
- a large wooden frame (I used an 16" by 20")
- a piece of MDF veneer or plywood to fit inside the frame. (I used a piece of 1/4" scrap pre-finished MDF maple veneer leftover from a kitchen remodel we did awhile back. But you could cover a less-than-perfect piece of plywood...
Don't just leave it for tomorrow...or for whomever you've suckered into washing the dishes. Just clean it up.
- Cracked Egg Cleanup: I
- Remove Oven Cleaner Residue
- Washing A Dishwasher or Washing Machine
- Refrigerator Cleaning
- Refrigerator Dust Bunnies
Yesterday while surfing, I came across these ‘Importance Task Clips’ at Perpetual Kid (12 for $7.99). I thought they were a clever organizational tool and--better yet--totally diyable!
What you need:
several medium-sized (1 1/4") binder clips
a label-maker OR
an extra-fine-point paint pen (I used an opaque white)
What you do:
For the label option, you’ll want to experiment with the ‘width’ function on your label maker. I set my P-Touch (model...
If you do any work at home, you've gathered plenty of stuff in your workspace: papers, office supplies, cables, books, etc. Keep these items organized and reduced with these ten tips to keep your home office effecient and less wasteful.
1. Identify your needs
2. Start with an empty room
3. Go wireless
4. Keep the desk clean
5. Go paperless
6. Use the wall space
7. Get the perfect chair
8. Improve the lighting
9. Go green
10. Keep it fresh !...always!
Chris Burke states, "I needed a new whiteboard so I found some paint at Home Depot that allows you to paint a whiteboard anywhere you'd like. I figured why not put a layer of magnetic paint underneath it. The only thing left to do is paint my face underneath the arrow." It took Chris around five coats to get a smooth finish ready for markers.
Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket. Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery costs. Set aside...
Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.
- Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
- Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of utensil getting its own...
Sometimes, those piles of inspiring postcards, magazine ads, giftwrap, etc get completely out of control. Following iHanna's lead, grab a big frame from the thrift store, and staple on a few rows of kitchen twine, and hang it where you're most creative.
You know those chores and jobs you know have to get done, but are so overwhelming that you can't face them? Women's Day magazine has assembled a list of those chores, and divided them into 40 totally manageable tasks that you can accomplish in under five minutes.
In the Kitchen:
-Dust for prints
-Toss spoiled produce
-Clean two fridge shelves at a time
Erin Doland of Unclutterer has put together a invaluable tip list to help you organize your first kitchen. And although her advice is directed to college graduates moving into their first apartment, it can also be applied to those moving into their first home too! Her suggestions include:
- When putting your kitchen together, arrange items in cabinets based on where you use them.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for very specific, practical things for...
Check out these cute orgainizational ideas for the office courtesy of the kitchen! From BHG.
Tea and paperclips, anyone?
One lump, I mean, one butterfly clip or two?
Stick a fork in that to-do list; you're done!
Get a handle on your stuff!
Everything in its muffin place.
According to organization guru Erin Doland and editor-in-chief of Unclutterer.com, ‘The main difference between being someone who is just clean and someone who is an unclutterer is that unclutterers look for permanent solutions.’ To get us all started down the road to an uncluttered life, we need to ask ourselves these questions:
1. ‘What process is in place for papers that come into your home or office? If you don’’t have a process...
Currently I have 21 shortcuts on my desktop. I didn’t think that was a lot, but now, after reading Make Use Of’s 3 Steps to an Organized Desktop, I think it might be. I mean, at least 5 of my shortcuts are in my start menu, so do I really need the shortcuts? How short do shortcuts need to be, anyway? As I ponder this and other cosmic questions, I’ll let you to the article, after which you might want to check out The Best Resources to Pimp...
Use these adorable handmade paper boxes for storing small parts, office and craft supplies, or for gifts.
1. Fold the paper in half, extend it back out and then fold each half inwards again to end up in the middle line.
2. Turn paper sideways and do the same exact thing as in step 1. But this time after the second fold, fold back out again and straighten the paper.
3. Fold the four corners inwards but do not exceed the lines that appeared after...
Whether you're writing your next novel, balancing your checkbook, or simply creating a killer Curbly post, it's essential to be inspired and motivated by your workspace. Here's ten ideas for making your home office a creative haven on the cheap.
- Buy a Plant
- Get a Recycling System
- Tidy Up the Wires
Bind cords together
Clamp long running wires to walls
- Get retractable cords.
- Bind cords together
- Add a Filing Cabinet
- Organise Your Desk
- Get some...
Tree lights are notoriously nefarious. They get twisted and tangled and knotted, and the bulbs burn and short out. Some folks even avoid the frustration and purchase new sets each year. But with a little planning 'round New Years, your lights can be in perfect shape come tree time.
- Rectangle of cardboard or shirt box lid/base
- Utility knife
- Cutting surface:scrap plywood, healing cutting mat, or workbench
- String of lights
A perfect little something for the DIYer this holiday season is the Mug Boss, which is a mini version of the rugged Bucket Boss. Just slip the 12 pocket organizer into a spare coffee mug to de-clutter that desk top. Only $5.99 at Amazon.