As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.
There's nothing quite like the frustration of trying to find a shirt in a dresser drawer packed full of balled up clothes. There's no order, and everything is kind of just shoved in there. While it may be tempting to just close up your dresser drawers when they start to get chaotic, being able to have everything nicely folded and visible will make getting ready in the morning a million times easier. So, rather than just tossing that tee in the back of the drawer, fold it properly the first time so you can find it when you need it. Keep reading for the best way to fold shirts, pants, socks, even underwear!
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!
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1. DIY Ladder Shelf Shoe Storage: Keep shoes tidy by storing them vertically.
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.
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.
Photo: Design Sponge
4. Mail Basket: You need a place to toss your mail. We're loving this simple leather strap stunner!
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.
Photo: Nordic Bliss
6. Narrow Boxes: If you're limited on space, mount a narrow shelf on the wall to store what you need.
7. Wall Dots: If you're looking for a cleaner look, simply mount wall hooks to hang your belongings.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: The Idea Room
11. Organization Board: Use metal boards and magnets at the entryway to keep kids' homework and assignments in order.
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.
Photo: Apartment Therapy
13. Small Space Kitchen: Organize pots and pans on a wall-mounted pegboard.
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!
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.
Photo: The Painted Hive
16. Magic Decals: If etching isn't your speed, try organizing with easy-to-apply decals.
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.
Photo: My Sweet Savannah
18. Bookshelf Pantry: If your home doesn't have a pantry, make your own by using bookshelves.
Photo: A Living Space
19. IKEA Fintorp Kitchen Organization: Take advantage of any empty wall space by using a bar and hook system.
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.
21. Magnetic Towel Bar: Make the most use of metal surfaces by utilizing magnets to hang what can't fit on your countertop.
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!
Photo: Classy Clutter
23. Canned Food Organizer: Store cans and jars on a rolling cart next to the fridge.
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.
Photo: Freckled Laundry
25. Wire Spice Rack: Store seasoning directly on the wall for easy access.
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.
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.
28. Junk Drawer: The junk drawer doesn't have to be a pit. Use rubber bands to store like-items together.
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.
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.
31. Wood Desk Organizer: Take control of desk clutter by creating a unique wood slab organizer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: A Pair and a Spare
37. DIY Hanging Baskets: Go vertical with your storage using hanging baskets.
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.
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.
Photo: Woman's Day
40. Wrapping Paper Rolls: Use small hooks and dowel rods to hang gift wrapping paper.
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.
Photo: DIY Playbook
42. Printer-in-a-Basket: Unsightly electronics don't have to be seen. Hide 'em in a basket.
Photo: Dabbles and Babbles
43. Washi Tape Cord Labels: Mark your cords with colorful washi tape to avoid the dreaded "pile of wires".
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.
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.
46. Stacked Pants: Save on space and spare the wrinkles with this IKEA hack for hanging pants.
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!
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.
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.
50. Heel Bar: Keep your high-heeled shoes scuff-free by storing them on the wall with a towel bar.
Photo: Home Goods
51. Organize Linens: By folding sheets inside of their corresponding pillowcases, you're sure to never lose track of a set!
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.
Photo: View Along the Way
53. Slide-Out Scarf Organizer: Scarves are tricky to keep organized, but this DIY sliding organizer does the trick.
Photo: Vintage Revivals
54. Laundry Countertop: Use the space above your laundry machine by creating a folding station out of wood.
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.
56. Re-purposed Drawer Shelves: Mount a brightly colored drawer above your washing machine for added storage - plus the drawer pulls act as hooks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
61. Towel Rack: No shelving in your bathroom? Bring in your own, like this IKEA-hack towel rack.
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62. DIY Ring Box: With a cardboard box and some foam, this ring holder is almost too easy.
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.
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.
Photo: Homemade Modern
65. Screwdriver Rack: Store your tools with... well, other tools!
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.
Photo: Hi Sugarplum!
67. Pegboard and Can System: Organize efficiently and for less by using recycled cans.
Photo: Anyone Can Decorate
68. Gutter Shelving: You heard that right. Gutters make great shelves!
Photo: Popular Woodworking
69. The "Hold Everything" Tool Rack: The ultimate craftsman's storage system.
70. PVC Power Tool Holder: PVC is at it again! These large pipes make perfect containers for power tools.
Photo: Better Homes and Gardens
71. Magnetic Holder: A knife holder can be a great solution to keeping track of drill bits.
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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Occasionally you won't notice how dirty something in your house is until it's that dirt is called out. You drop something under your couch and discover a gang of dust bunnies living underneath. You throw open your curtains and find yourself in a front-row seat to a dust dance-off floating right in front of your face. Since it's spring cleaning season, now is as good a time as any to tackle those forgotten areas of your home. And don't feel...
Pinterest is filled with organizing hacks, promising to help you achieve your wildest organizational dreams. But just how good are they? I set out to test 10 of them, and today I'm sharing the results with you. Click through to compare their versions with mine, and to read my thoughts on the functionality of each one.
If you're anything like me, you have a running list of projects you want to try. Things you save repeatedly on Pinterest, ideas you scribble down in the back of your planner, or maybe you just keep a mental list in your brain. Clothesline baskets have been on my want-to-try list for forever, and this week I took the plunge. After conquering the first one, I want to make a million of these clothesline baskets. A million! Additionally, I'm loving the simple stripe in this basket. We're exploring all things Scandinavian this month, and this basket fills the bill with equal parts monochrome and texture.
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen my story about adventures in DIY basket land. No lie, it was a little rocky at first. I did have to start over twice, but hopefully my floundering can help you succeed. Here's what I learned: The key to a successful clothesline basket it to not rush. Take your time, and whatever you do, don't be forceful! Just sit back and let the machine do the majority of the work. Okay, let's get started! Watch to see how this basket came together, and follow the full tutorial below.
- Cotton clothesline, which can be found at your local hardware store
- Thread to match the clothesline (I chose a colored called "natural")
- Sewing machine and notions
- Floss or yarn (optional)
- Thread to match the floss or yarn (optional)
To begin, set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch, and load it with the neutral thread color. You will want a wide enough stitch to join the edges of clothesline together. Next, coil one end of the clothesline in a snail-shape. Keep the coil in place using straight pins.
Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the coil starting from the center, following the snail-shaped path. Your zigzag stitches should reach across the divot between the edges of clothesline. Go slowly as you begin. As needed, leave the needle down and rotate after releasing the pressure foot to make tighter turns.
Continue following the coil shape, stitching the clothesline to the perimeter of your initial coil. Make sure that the zigzag stitch is catching both sides of the clothesline, otherwise you'll end up with holes in your basket. Do not pull or push on the clothesline as you stitch it in place - this will make the shape warp! The dogs of your sewing machine will feed the clothesline through as you go, keeping you at a good pace and tension. All you have to do is feed the clothesline through and keep it on track. Continue sewing until you've reached the desired size for the bottom of your basket.
When you're ready to start working on the sides, rotate the bottom of the basket up, and continue stitching as before. Try to force the bottom of the basket at an angle as you stitch, but again, don't pull or push. Stitch at an angle as you continue, and the basket will begin to curl up and take shape. Once your basket has successfully turned, stitch as before. Keep sewing around and around until your basket is as tall as you want it to be.
If you want to add a little extra detail to your basket, you can wrap the clothesline in floss, thread, or yarn intermittently before stitching it in place. I paused 4-5 rotations from the top to wrap the clothesline in floss, creating a stripe.
After wrapping the clothesline in floss, use matching thread to carry on the zigzag stitch.
When the basket has reached the desired height, it's time to add handles. Carry the clothesline away from the basket in a handle shape and pin in place, as seen above. Continue the zigzag stitch up to the point where the handle starts. Backstitch to tie off, and pick the zigzag stitch back up where the handle ends. Repeat for the other handle.
Stitch around again, and when you meet with the first handle, sew along the top of the handle, carrying your clothesline along the handle. Continue around, and repeat for the second handle. Repeat this type of rotation as many times as desired, depending on how thick you want your handles to be.
When you are finished, cut the end of the clothesline 1-2 inches away from the stitch. Sew the end in place on the inside of the basket.
And voilá! A clothesline basket!
After getting the hang of the process, I could see marathoning a Netflix show and making a whole slew of these. Once the basket starts to take shape, it's kind of relaxing and cathartic. Basically the perfect rainy day activity. Happy sewing!
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It's hard to believe, but a new year (and decade!) are here... which means that it's time for new calendars! There are tons of gorgeous, free printable calendar downloads available online, so we've rounded up our favorites in a variety of different styles. Click through to check them out and download your favorite.
It's the season of organization and purging, and it's high time to get real with ourselves. Let's talk about the junk drawer. You know the one I'm talking about. The drawer that holds everything and anything: takeout menus, a few rubber bands, hardware from that IKEA chair you bought two years ago, and an orange-handled pair of scissors. Maybe you are one of the blessed few who has managed to avoid the never-ending pit that is the junk drawer. Good for you - gold medal in adulting. If you are an actual human being like the rest of us, or just need a place to put all your tools, why not roll'em?
Working from home can be a curse and a blessing. The curse part is that you're at home and home things are always beckoning you away from work, and vice versa. One sure thing is that if you have a room to call your own, you need to make it an attractive and efficient space where you want to spend time. And if you've just blown the budget on a new furnace, don't worry, these tricks cost practically nothing.
After the hustle and bustle of the season, I find myself going into this weird funk. Our home felt like it was going to burst at the seams with all the stuff we had accumulated. The last couple weeks I've been on major purge mode to help get things feeling peaceful once more. Plus it doesn't hurt to be more organized! This simple project is all about making life easier when it comes to rearranging the home. And all it takes is breathing a...
I've always thought of my laundry room as the most troublesome room in our house. Not only is it narrow, but all of one side is taken up by a washing machine, sink and toilet. Add to that the fact that there are 2 doors that open inward, and the space starts to feel very small indeed.
I'd long ago resigned myself to having a difficult laundry room I didn't enjoy being in. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong!
You've decked the halls, hung the stockings with care, wrapped and unwrapped the presents, and it's no wonder if you're all tired out. Hopefully now that Christmas is over you finally have a bit of time to relax. Maybe you already know exactly how you want to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's, but here are 10 ideas for how to unwind in case you've forgotten how.
I got a text the other day from my mom. She was asking me if I wanted a collection of magazines that she had held onto from my childhood (if you're curious, it was a collection of Cricket magazines from the late 70s). Then I got another text -- my mom had found an old photo that she wanted to share with me. Then four more texts came my way, each containing a picture or memory of something from the past. It was clear that she was doing some deep cleaning.
When I asked her what she was up to, she replied, "Have you heard of Swedish Death Cleaning?" Um, excuse me??
Has this happened to you? You come home and open your front door, only to immediately get hit with a whiff of something nasty? Ick. Chances are, that unpleasant odor was your kitchen trash. It's inevitable. Trash can odors are going to happen, but there are things you can do to fight the stank. Today I'm sharing a quick trick for eliminating trash can odors, plus some other pointers for keeping the smell at bay.
We're lucky enough here at Curbly to have a dedicated office space to work from. Nestled just along the divide between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, our airy studio has hosted many meetings, photo shoots, popups, and has even has doubled as an art gallery for second graders. When Curbly HQ first moved into the building in 2016, the entire space was renovated, from new flooring and lighting to a fresh paint job. Every corner of the studio was considered... well, almost every corner. Our small utility closet has remained untouched until now, and boy oh boy, has it been in need of some TLC.
I'll be the first to say that I adore those earring and necklace holders that are shaped like cacti or little porcelain animals. But they don't always hold a lot of jewelry, which means my vast collection of pendants ends up overflowing onto my dresser. So instead of using a whole bunch of little bowls that take up space, I thought I'd go down a different route and make myself a jewelry organizer that's hidden in plain sight. Best of all, I got a brand new piece of wall art to brighten up my walls in the process!
Want to know how to make your own piece of art that doubles as a jewelry organizer? Follow along below for the DIY.
- Wood shadow box frame
- Saw and sandpaper
- Primer and white paint
- Two small hinges
- A jewelry box clasp
- Patterned contact paper
- Hooks and/or small doorknobs
Remove the glass from your shadow box frame.
Give the frame and MDF a quick sand and a coat of primer, then paint both pieces white.
Attach the piece of MDF to the front of your shadow box frame with 2 small hinges so that it forms a door.
Add a jewelry box clasp on the opposite side to hold the door closed. Your cabinet is now complete!
Measure and cut out a piece of decorative contact paper that is the same size as the front of your cabinet, then stick it to the cabinet door.
Attach a few hooks and/or some decorative doorknobs to the inside of your cabinet so you have a spot to hang your jewelry. I chose to use three doorknobs, which I glued in place towards the top of the cabinet, but you can use small picture hooks instead if you prefer.
Once that's done, simply hang your pendants, close the door and no-one will be any the wiser that your new piece of art also doubles as your jewelry organizer!
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If you've ever gone on an organizing spree, I probably don't have to tell you that the cost of stuff to organize your stuff can really add up. But if you want to get organized on a budget, your best bet is to create solutions with things you already have. Things that might instead end up in the trash or recycling, so you're saving the planet at the same time. These upcycled organization ideas for every room in the house prove that with a little creativity, you don't have to spend big bucks to create an organized space.
True story: I am a little obsessed with organization. I love my home when it's free of clutter, I do believe heaven is The Container Store, and I get a serious rush when I've folded all my t-shirts just right. Maybe I am a bit on the obsessive side, but I think we all can agree that a clean home is simply an easier one to inhabit. Whether you're feeling overwhelmed by junk, or you're already on a journey towards organizational bliss, this shopping guide is for you. Today I'm sharing a few of my favorite home organization products from Amazon, all of which are affordably priced.
For a while now, I've been trying to figure out how to make the kitchen in my apartment more user-friendly. It's tiny house small. It's a classic galley, only instead of countertops and cupboards flanking both sides of a narrow passage, everything is shoved on one side, facing a blank wall. Because the rental kitchen is so narrow, it hasn't made much sense to put anything on the adjacent wall, save for a trash can and recycling bin. But my kitchen seriously lacks counter space, and I figured if my garbage receptacles were going to take up precious square footage, they might as well do double-duty. Enter this cabinet hack:
Bathrooms can be boring. And they often are. But they don't have to be! A bathroom is a great place to start if you'd like to add some personality to your home. Click through to check out ten easy tips and tricks for adding some serious character to your bathroom.