Garages can be a blessing and a curse. It's nice to have the space to store everything, but what happens when you store everything??? Things get messy, that's what. Here are ten projects to help you kick the clutter and keep things looking organized!
My husband and I have moved almost every year since we've been married. We've moved five times in five years and are preparing for our sixth! I'd say that qualifies me as a moving expert and I decided to share a few things I've learned over the years!
Fall is here and with the new season comes packed schedules for kids and adults alike. If your life could use some highly-visible, analog-style organization, here's a super easy DIY project from Chelsey at The Paper Mama.
Looking for an easy weekend project? Make a colorful camp-inspired art piece that doubles as a hanging wall hook. All you'll need are the materials above and you're good to go. I can't wait to try this one.
Okay, this isn't so much of a hack as it is a re-purposing idea -- but it's pretty brilliant, so we're sharing it!
After seeing this quirky little DIY project, I kinda want to dip everything in colorful plastic! C'mon, admit it, you want to go dip-crazy, too. If you're on board for some colorful customization of totally mundane objects, read on!
Getting Dad the perfect gift for Father's Day can seem a little tricky. One thing most men need help with is organization. Get a headstart on your dad's present by making this crazy simple leather project to help him keep things in order!
After recently completing our office makeover, I realized I needed somewhere to put all those random little notes and lists and other office-y bits. You know, something people like to call a "memo board". After looking around, the only options appeared to be giant rectangular boards, emphasis on giant. And rectangular. Since I like to keep things a little quirky (and colorful and covered in pattern), I decided to make my own!
Don't have a mudroom? No problem! Here's how to make one out of thin air (and some other materials, of course).
I'm a bit of an online shopper... and with online shopping comes cardboard shipping boxes. Lots of 'em. I usually hold on to them "just in case" or take them to our neighborhood recycling bin. But this clever upcycling project has me thinking about them in a whole new light!
While you're rampaging through your spring cleaning checklist, don't forget to give your car a little TLC. Whether you're facing a mound of discarded coffee cups and drive-thru trailings or just a winter's worth of dust and dirt, here are 8 quick tips for cleaning your car's interior -- and keeping it that way!
1. Start by emptying everything out of your car: throw away garbage, bring those gym clothes inside, file away important...
My name is Capree and I am a wrapping paper hoarder. (Phew! It feels good to get that off my chest!) I have an entire closet full of wrapping paper and several drawers of a giant, Mid-Century dresser are dedicated to all manner of colorful ribbon. It's... a problem. Fortunately, there is a simple, budget-friendly solution that I can't wait to implement!
I'm the type that only keeps magazines around for a short period of time before donating or recycling them, but I love the idea of having a small, rotating collection readily available to peruse. This simple DIY magazine rack would be perfect for storing a few faves!
Ahh, this DIY project is my usual speed: something that looks gorgeous in the end and only requires a few simple materials and a little bit of time!
We are a bit strapped for closet space here in San Francisco –- the verdict is still out on if it’s because I have a shopping problem or the fact that our 1906 apartment has tiny closets! I had been on the hunt for a practical way to store excess blankets and pillows when I came up with the idea to make a fabric basket.
I decided to use pellon, a common material at fabric stores that adds cardboard-like stiffness to just about any fabric that can be ironed, giving you the freedom to match the design of the room! This is a fairly simple DIY that can be completed in under an hour.
Fabric Basket DIY
Tools and Materials:
- 1.5 Yards of Fabric
- 1.5 Yards of Pellon 71F Peltex (available in most craft/sewing supply stores)
- Ironing Board
- Sewing Machine
- Size 16 Needle (denim needle)
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat
Step 1: Iron the fabric to the Pellon backing.
Step 2: Trim the excess fabric.
Step 3: Cut a 20 x 30 inch piece out of the fused fabric.
Step 4: Cut two 13x10 inch pieces out of the fused fabric.
Step 5: Measure to the middle of the 13x10 inch piece and mark with a pencil on the inside facing piece. Measure 1 inch down and make another mark. Draw a 2x4 inch rectangle and cut out the handle. Repeat on the other 13x10 inch fabric piece.
Note: You will make the basket inside out and then fold right side out once it’s complete.
Step 6: With the fabric side down, pin the handle sides to the outside middle of the 20 x 30 inch piece. Sew in place and repeat on the other side.
Step 7: Fold the side pieces up, pin in place and sew. (You may have to finagle the fabric a bit to get it to lay flat because there is some bulk to the material that helps it stand on its own.) Repeat for the remaining three sides.
Step 8: Turn right-side-out and voila! You have yourself a one-of-a-kind fabric storage basket!
Stacy Wichelhaus is a wedding planner and wedding publicist for Hello Cupcake Public Relations. When not consumed by all things wedding, she can be found creating original DIY projects on her blog, Hello Cupcake.
[Images by Meredith Nguyen of Not Merely Living]
I'll be the first to admit that my jewelry organization situation is pretty horrendous. The knobs on my closet doors are home to countless necklaces, half of which fall off if one happens to even glance in their general direction. Fortunately, there are DIY jewelry holders aplenty, a few of which I have my eye on for upcoming weekend projects. Check out all 25 below and let me know which one is your fave!
Most bulletin boards are boring, but there's nothing dull about this bright yellow dazzler. This brilliant Ikea hack uses the Ung Drill frame and lots of wine corks to create a beautiful and functional board worthy of proud display in your living room or kitchen. Or office. Or anywhere, really!
Give plants (or books!) a fun new place to hangout with this clever idea: retrofitting a ladder for wooden shelves! It's an inexpensive and unique DIY project that can work in a variety of spaces.
I'll admit that the coat rack/wall hook situation in our entryway (which is really just our living room) needs a little help. When we have guests over, they inevitably ask, "So... uh, where do you want me to put my coat?" -- which means "Dude. Get a coat rack already." We end up tossing jackets over the back of a random piece of furniture and call it day, but I'd love to surprise our friends with an actual, honest-to-goodness coat rack or wall hook the next time they come over. One of these modern DIY options ought to do the trick!
I love this creative DIY solution for keeping small office and craft supplies available and within reach! It's especially useful for small spaces or work surfaces, don't you think?