DIY Moleskin Day Planner.

by Chris Gardner

Schedule some time to check out PlannerHack.com, "the do-it-yourself guide to converting a pocket-sized, ruled Moleskin notebook into a custom weekly planner and task management system." The site instructions you in material selection, formatting, and helpful symbols to ease use. This guy must really believe in his system, as he's created an entire website dedicated to his project.

 

DIY Moleskin Day Planner.
 

 

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How to store your warm weather clothes.

by DIY Maven

How to store your warm weather clothes.

Now that Mother Nature has turned her attention to fall, you might be thinking about swapping your summer clothes for something a bit more toasty. But what’s the best way to store all those warm weather togs? Real Simple breaks it down like this:

1. Empty the pockets and wash and dry or dry clean everything you plan to store.

2. Of those items coming back from the dry cleaner, make sure to remove the dry-cleaner bags.

3. Store your clothes in cool...

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How to Organize Your Manuals, Warranties, and Instructions.

by Chris Gardner

Though stereotypes abound, I (a man) love to read the paperwork and manuals that come with a new purchase. I'll sit down and read the whole thing before I even mess with my new gear, somewhat for safety and know-how, but mostly to prolong the excitement.

    And I keep all the manuals. There's boxes in my basement, and it takes way too long to sort through all the nonsense just to reference a quick setting. So, though they're not rocketscience...

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More Closet Organizing Tips.

by Chris Gardner

Shopping Blog Shefinds suggests: "organizing your closet doesn't have to be a nightmare. If that dark hole of disorganization is not the sanctuary it could and should be, then you've come to the right place. Turn a can of sardines into a spacious stylist's mecca and spend merely a fraction of what you'd pay for a custom-built closet system. We've found the products to...

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Pottery Barn Goes Hi-Tech

by DIY Maven

Pottery Barn Goes Hi-Tech

Pottery Barn is now offering furniture outfitted with Smart Technology. What is Smart Technology? It is a collection of furniture with a dual purpose that blends ‘the tradition of comfort and style’. Each piece ‘seamlessly connects you to high-tech accessories by keeping electronics and cords discreet while also organizing and holding household items’. Some of the highlights of the collection include the Bedford Smart Linen Pinboard ($295), which...

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My New Craft Room: Art supply shelf

by DIY Maven

My New Craft Room: Art supply shelf

What I love about my new art supply shelf is that it’s multi-functional: it looks great and keeps my pens, pencils and scissors tidy and within reach.

To make it, MWT* ripped a piece of 3/4" MDF to 5" x 48". (I decided on 48" to match the width of my new work station, above which the shelf will hang.) We added small brackets to both ends of the piece to complete the shelf structure. Next, we spaced and then cut six holes in the horizontal piece...

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How To Make a Plastic Bag Keeper

by DIY Maven

How To Make a Plastic Bag Keeper

In an effort to reduce and reuse plastic bags, how about making a plastic bag keeper? Chances are you already have everything you need to make one for free. Or you can buy one at The Container Store for 4.99 plus 6.50 s & h. Your choice.

The Props

  • A 2 quart plastic bottle (I used a Juicy Juice bottle, which worked particularly well.)
  • Box cutter and/or scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Durable tape
  • Excess plastic bags

The Procedure

Mark...

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Create an Op Art Bulletin Board

by Chris Gardner
Here's a quick an easy tutorial on making a cork bulletin board out of kitchen trivets!
Create an Op Art Bulletin Board

Materials:
  • 12 Cork Trivets (such as the Heat trivet from Ikea, $1.99 for three)
  • Sheet of Tempered Hardboard, luan, or other lightweight wood panel
  • 12 linear feet (two 6’ lengths) of pine trim 
  • Paint and supplies
  • Picture hanging hardware
  • Tape Measure
  • Miter Saw, Miter Box, or Crosscut saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Several wood clamps, and/or small, heavy objects...

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Compulsive Hoarding is No Laughing Matter

by Bruno Bornsztein

Ever feel like your house is filling up with crap? Do you have trouble getting rid of things? Well, things could be worse:

Compulsive hoarding is a dangerous psychological condition.

From BadJason.com 

 

And while the images of compulsive hoarders' homes can strike us as humorous by their sheer absurdity, this is a serious pyschological condition with dramatic consequences: 

 

ABC News ran a piece this weekend on the psychology of compulsive hoarding (often correlated with obsessive-compulsive disorder). What...

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3 Steps to a New Entry Closet

by DIY Maven

3 Steps to a New Entry Closet

Closet organizers are great, but for a smaller closet, they aren’t necessarily required. Case in point: my front closet. It had been the Bermuda Triangle of the house for a number of years now. Finally, it was time to conquer the territory, and by following some basic steps, we prevailed.

Step 1: Strip It

This may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s best to remove everything from the closet before you attempt to organize it. If it’s just a matter of...

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