Mio Culture is featuring these storage pockets, which serve as ‘vertical real estate’ for life’s flotsam and jetsam. Particularly good for the office to clear space on your desk, the 21" wide by 26.75" long grid wall is made of ‘a combination of wool felt, polyester and rayon.’ At 65 bucks it isn’t crazy expensive, however, it looks DIY-able to me. Some felt, a sewing machine, a scissors or craft knife–to cut out the slots–and three grommets to...
Say goodbye to mystery leftovers:These collecting jars are perfect for storing excess and bulk items in the kitchen, bathroom, workspace, or office, and the dry erase surface guarantees that you'll know exactly what lies inside.
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.
No doubt, you've worked hard to fit your corkboard/message center to fit with the decor of your home or workspace. (Here's mine.) There's no reason the thumbtacks with which you hang your ideas shouldn't be as equally inspiring.
How About Orange offers a tutorial using 'wedding gown sized' buttons and a bit o' fabric and hot glue to make your tacks that much more awesome.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. The holes we sized to fit clear plastic cups I found at Target (on sale for $1.30 each). After construction, I applied with three coats of semi-gloss latex paint, sanding with 220 grit sandpaper between coats. Before I fitted the cups in the openings, I cut strips of white felt and glued them inside each hole to protect my cups from scratches.
Tomorrow: display track for art
MWT* Man With Tools
Food blog Chowhound asks users to submit their cleverest of ideas for utlizing small kitchen spaces in their SMALL KITCHEN DIY FIXES article. After going strong for two months, the information had become a little disorganized, but the tips are well worth plowing through.
Among the highlights:
and organization and purging tips for days.
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.
- A 2 quart plastic bottle (I used a Juicy Juice bottle, which worked particularly well.)
- Box cutter and/or scissors
- Durable tape
- Excess plastic bags
- 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...
Ever feel like your house is filling up with crap? Do you have trouble getting rid of things? Well, things could be worse:
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:
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...