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Top 10 DIY Home Organization and Storage Ideas

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Have you ever heard someone say, “My home has way too much storage space?” It’s just the opposite. We seem to never have enough. But before you go out and drain the savings account buying the latest and greatest gadgets to help declutter the house, use what you have. These ten do-it-yourself projects created by repurposing common household items will free up space, keep the mess at bay and organize the little stuff. You can bank on it.

1. Hanging Mason Jar Storage

mason jars secured under cabinetsHere’s a great way to utilize the area under your kitchen cabinets. Simply attach the flat top of the mason jar lid to the base of your cabinet. All you need is a hammer, nail, screwdriver and a screw that’s shorter than the surface you’re attaching it to. It’s a brilliant DIY that doesn’t take up precious cupboard or countertop space. Click link below for instructions, originally featured in HGTV magazine.

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Photo credit: Lincoln Barbour

2. Suitcase Side Table

suitcase with legs made into a tableIt’s always a good idea to have furniture that provides double duty action. Converting an old suitcase into a side table creates a new piece of furniture with surface top and storage for books, magazines and papers that pile up.

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Photo credit: Shannon Quimby

3. Pencil Block

block of wood with holes turned into a pencil holderFor the artist in the family, a scrap block of wood drilled with holes and painted a fun color, showcases a rainbow of pencils that are organized in plain sight and easy to reach. By using what you already have, this DIY costs nothing and the artwork created could be priceless.

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Photo credit: Shannon Quimby

4. Headboard Room Organizer

Headboard painted green and turned into a hallway organizerDo you walk through the front door only to trip over a pile of coats, backpacks, and sporting equipment strewn all over the floor? Has your kid outgrown their twin bed? Why not combine the two? Repurposing a wood headboard into a wall mounted mini-mudroom organizer decreases clutter chaos and reminds the kiddos what’s on the weekly agenda.

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Photo credit: Stephen Cridland

5. Wallpapered Home Décor

tin cans covered in wallpaperWallpaper is like paint. You always have some leftover when the job is done and it ends up in the corner of the garage gathering dust. A quick and easy wallpaper DIY is wrapping old drinking glasses and vases with it. You can use spray adhesive to attach it or if you want to reuse both again, double sided tape will do the trick. This DIY is a great project for the whole family and if you have it up on the wall it’s a no brainer that it’s going to coordinate with your home décor.

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Photo credit: Laurie Black

6. Wheelie Wood Storage Cube

wooden box with wheels turned into a side tableNeed a stylish piece of furniture that can be used in any room and fills multiple storage needs? The solution starts with five pieces of wood and four caster wheels. In under one hour, you’ve created a wheelie wood cube. Use it as a side table near the couch or bed. Or roll it into the office to help organize paperwork. Kids have too many toys? Attach the casters to the bottom and you’ve got yourself a toybox. This one piece of furniture creates dozens of storage solutions for every room.

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Photo credit: Shannon Quimby

7. Framed Hanging Jewelry

jewelry hanging from reclaimed wood in a frame for storageWe all can agree, trying to untangle jewelry is never top of the list of fun things to do. But, saving money is. This DIY project not only saves time sorting out jewelry, it upcycles a very common household item we all have too many of: frames. Find a large picture frame, minus the glass and backing, paint it a favorite color and add a new back of pieces of scrap wood. Hang up your baubles and enjoy. Reusing/repurposing always saves money.

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Photo credit: Shannon Quimby

8. Stacked Tin Can Office Organizer

upcycled tin cans made into an organizerInstead of kicking the can, why not stack it, or rather stack ten of them. Then attach them together in a triangle shape using a glue gun and spray paint with your favorite color. This DIY is recyclable in every way.

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Photo credit: Stephen Cridland

9. Armoire Cushion Bench

old dresser painted and repurposed into a bench seatRethinking how to reuse old and worn-out furniture into something functionally new has become one of the most popular interior design trends that’s here to stay. Castaways such as this bottom half of a vintage armoire was just a drawer, but by adding a wood top cushion made with inexpensive rag rugs sewn together, it’s found a new home. Always rethink what you can reuse. Spending less makes you creatively richer which is an InRoads DIY win.

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Photo credit: Christopher Dibble

10. Mailbox Storage

old mailboxes upcycled into storageRemember as a child, how excited you were to receive something in the mail? Why not create that same joy for your children on a  regular basis? Colorfully painted old mailboxes mounted on the wall near a child’s play or workstation is a clever way to bring the kids to the table and teach them how to stay on top of being clean and tidy.

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Photo credit: Shannon Quimby

 

 

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About the Author

Professional headshot photo of Shannon Quimby Shannon Quimby is an internationally acknowledged designer, photo stylist, television personality, and national guest speaker of home design/styling, salvage DIY and décor ideas. She’s an HGTV alumni and has been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX broadcasts.

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