Roundup: 8 Clever DIY Ways to Organize Your Recycling

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 8 Clever DIY Ways to Organize Your Recycling
Around here, we take recycling very seriously.  My sweetie even takes things to work that can be recycled there that can't go in our weekly curbside pick-up. With so much to recycle--and to know what goes where--we need to have a recycling system. A few months back we did treat ourselves to Simple Human's Rectangular Recycler. (Which, BTW, if you're going to buy one, buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond and use their 20% off coupon because, otherwise...ouch.) But that's for INSIDE. Now we need to tackle the outside. Oh, well. One step at a time. With these ideas, I'm sure we'll get there eventually. Now, on to the roundup!   

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7 Creative Storage Solutions to Curb the Clutter

by Craftmel

7 Creative Storage Solutions to Curb the Clutter

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!  

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Roundup: 9 Creative Ways to Tame Mail & Bill Paying Clutter

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 9 Creative Ways to Tame Mail & Bill Paying Clutter
Although paper mail certainly has dwindled with e-mail, online bill pay, and digital magazine subscriptions, it still has a way of piling up. (BTW, does anything look good in a pile? I mean, just the word: pile. Ick.)  Here are some creative DIY projects that will finally tame the mail beast and put the pile where it belongs--out of existence.

First up to bat is Noodlehead's darling mail organizer:

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Build Your Own Cupboard Shelving

by Craftmel

Build Your Own Cupboard Shelving

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.  

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How to: Make a DIY Upcycled Coat and Purse Hanging Station

by Craftmel

How to: Make a DIY Upcycled Coat and Purse Hanging Station

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.  

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Best of Curbly: Top Ten DIY Organization Ideas of 2011

by Alicia Lacy

Top 10 DIY Organization Ideas of 2011

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):

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If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

by Miki40

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

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?

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How to: Prep Your Kitchen Pantry and Closets for the Holiday Season

by Chris Gardner
How to: Prep Your Kitchen Pantry and Closets for the Holiday Season
This guest blog post was written by The Stow Company, which designs and manufactures intelligent home organization solutions for all areas of the home, ranging from full-service, dealer supplied solutions to do-it-yourself storage systems available online and in retail stores. Solutions include closet organizers, garage cabinets, and organization systems for home offices, kitchen pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms and more. Join the conversation on Twitter and connect with The Stow Company on Facebook.

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.

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