Our family of five lives in a small condo here in Arizona, and after our latest adorable addition came 3 months ago we've had to get really creative with our space. I have to utilize every square inch of real estate here and that means that there is no room for monsters under our beds- we've got too much crammed under there for them to move in. The need to keep things at a controlled chaos has caused me to search for creative storage solutions like the under-the-bed rolling storage bins above by That's My Letter, and I thought I'd share a few!
Ryan from The Blooming Thread designed this gorgeous felt rose basket and shares the how to with the world. Kinda reminds me of Curbly's own foldable gift box project. For
First up to bat is Noodlehead's darling mail organizer:
My mom and dad--and grandma and grandpa--all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn't meet one with which they could part. It's rubbed off on me, I'm afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:
Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner
Although coat season is going to be winding down soon (or is it?), purse and accessory season has no end! Ideas for clever coat/purse hangers are in season, and this one is no exception.
Roundup: 10 DIY Bedroom Projects to Improve Everything From Your Style to Your Sleep!
It's bedroom month here and we're kicking things off in full Curbly fashion with a roundup of our favorite DIY bedroom projects! From headboards to lighting, we've got ten ideas to help make your life easier, more stylish, and even more restful. Ready? Let's go!
The closet in our spare bedroom is huge- it takes up an entire wall (which is terrible for furniture arranging, let me tell ya)! Unfortunately, it only has one dinky wire shelf inside, which means all my c-r-a-p is simply piled on top of itself and lacks any rhyme or reason at all. I'm thinking a simple DIY shelving system would be the answer.
As this is office month here on the Curb, we've decided it was time to subdue the wire & cable beast. We're not using swords, whips or potions to do it either. Nope, we're using our smarts. Our DIY smarts, that is.
One of my main challenges as a creative person (I like to think of myself as such!) is the mess that comes along with it. It seems to me like a good solution to the constant moving of project piles would be a good storage solution, like this DIY desk.
Made with simple shelves and hollow core doors, this project is pretty inexpensive. In fact, when I first saw the desk I thought the top was made of table tops from Ikea (like the one I'm currently using), which would be even cheaper than doors. I have seen several variations on this desk using different materials for the table tops, or different types of shelving below.
The shelves provide the perfect space for buckets, jars, and containers of all kinds for holding all that miscellaneous stuff that floats around work spaces.
Now all I need is more square footage so I could actually get to the stuff stored on the shelves...
You can see how this table was made at The Ivy Cottage Blog.
With our warm winters, we don't have a need for a coat rack. In fact, the coat closet in our condo is home to our camping gear because the very idea of having designated square footage for coats is silly when it is 72 degrees outside (which did make for an awkward situation when we had people over for dinner and they handed me their light jackets... I just stood there like an idiot holding them instead). Even so, this fun idea doesn't take up storage space, and is pretty fun to look at too.
A great up-cycle project that results in cute storage bins? Perfection! Betz White is the mastermind behind the project, which includes instruction on how to make a large, medium
Nothing says "Happy New Year" like cleaning and organizing your home. Every new year, I think of one particular Chinese tradition that requires each family to thoroughly clean their home in an effort to sweep out the bad and make room for the good fortune that every new year promises. This year the Chinese new year doesn't begin until January 23rd, so we have a little time to get our ducks in a row. We've assembled a top ten round-up of organization projects that will inspire you to tidy-up and bring some order to every nook and cranny of your home. Here they are, in a very particular order only I understand (in other words: no particular order):
As wonderfully functional as scotch tape is, it just doesn't do it for me in the aesthetic department. It didn't do much for Landee either, so she came up with her own solution to displaying calendars and child art.
Even if you have your DVDs filed in alphabetical order, you still might not be able to find the L's fast enough when you're jonesing for some Lord of the Rings. (Mmmm..Viggo.) Anyhoo, Shari found an ingenious way to help keep her family's DVDs organized. She bought some
Ah...the wireless era! We're almost there, really, but it's taking too long. Why does the back of my desk have to look like an initiation test for a bomb squad?
Is this a gender issue? I mean, do guys find this photo appealing? Even Attractive? (Ed. - absolutely not.)
Why did a box filled with electrical cords in our recent garage sale yielded the highest profit in the shortest amount of time?
As the holidays quickly approach, people everywhere scramble to get their homes ready to entertain friends and host out-of-town guests. It is important to have the high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom clean and tidy, but make sure not to overlook two easily forgotten areas: the kitchen pantry and guest closet.
Make your visitors feel right at home with these tips for creating clean and organized spaces.