30 Inventive DIY Hacks To Better Your Home

I’m livin’ the good life and that’s in part because of roundups like this one. These hacks are so random but completely clever and useful! I’m rockin #7 but in my laundry room with cleaning supplies instead of snacks. (I think we all know that snacks would be way more fun!) I wish I’d known about #20 sooner! I bought something at the store that is supposed to store the bags under the sink but it doesn’t work at all. I’m going to have to give this a try instead. That and a bunch of others!

Here’s the link to all 30 and Diply’s full article: Diply: 30 Inventive DIY Hacks To Better Your Home

Owning a home is difficult at the best of times, but there are some simple things you can do to make life that bit easier. This guide will look at some inventive DIY hacks for your home. Not only do these make life easier but they can also save you some money.

DIY Hacks we will Cover:

– Cheap Polka Dot Stencil
– Clever Thermostat cover
– Attractive Whiteboards
– Storing Plastic Bags
– Rug Grippers
– Nail Holder

Cheap Polka Dot Stencil

If you want to paint a polka dot effect onto a wall then there are plenty of stencils you can buy for the job. However, you can do the same for much cheaper. Find an old laundry basket which has holes in it. Carefully cut along the ends and unfold the basket. This can then be secured to the wall using low tack tape and painted through. The stencil can then be moved along to complete a whole wall, just make sure the stencil is lined up properly.

Clever Thermostat Cover

Thermostats are very useful devices which can regulate the temperature of your home, even so they aren’t the nicest things to look at. It’s not possible to cover them permanently. A neat solution is to hang a painting which covers them. An even better idea is to put the picture on hinges instead of using picture hooks. This allows you to open up the picture like a door and gain access to the thermostat.

Attractive Whiteboards

A whiteboard is a great way to make notes and leave messages for other family members. However, a whiteboard isn’t very attractive and will look out of place in most homes. Instead you can use a piece of glass with a color behind to contrast with the black ink. Any picture frame will do the job, and so this makes it easy to customize it to suit the decor of your home.

Storing Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are useful and should be reused rather than being thrown away. However, they can be difficult and messy to store. Why not keep them in a tissue box so that you can pull them out one by one. The tissue box can even be attached to the inside of a door to keep them out of sight.

Rug Grippers

Rugs will slip on hard floors which can be awkward and dangerous. To add extra grip to your rug use acrylic latex caulk on the underside. Leave this to dry completely and then put it down on your floor. The caulk is spongy and will add extra resistance to keep the rug in place. It won’t cause any damage to your flooring as long as you wait until it has dried before putting it down.

Nail Holder

Trying to hold multiple nails while driving another one into a piece of wood can be very difficult. Putting the nails down would be one option, but they are so small it’s easy to lose them. Instead, why not glue a small magnet onto the bottom of your hammer. Then you can use it to store several nails and keep them exactly where you know they are. This could even be used to try to retrieve the nails that you’ve already dropped.

Additional Resources: Looking for more household hacks?
Don’t miss this article by mixer2mower and also this one from Likes.

organization tips

I love being organized; that aisle of the store is my favorite! I love the cubby boxes, labels, folders, notebooks, etc. Heaven help the person who lets me go to Ikea alone! I love the end results and buying everything but I don’t actually like the ‘elbow grease’ part and doing all the work. Boooo. DIY Home Sweet Home has some simple ideas that are awesome. They will help get your space in working order quickly, cheaply, and easily. Hooray! This is the best roundup ever…

Here’s the link to DIY Home Sweet Home’s full article: DIY Home Sweet Home: 50 Insanely Clever Organizing Tips And Tricks

Organization is a problem affecting many homes up and down the country. The problem is caused because we all have too much stuff and are reluctant to throw anything away. Few people remember where they actually put their things. This guide will look at a few clever organizing ideas which will make your life that bit easier. Not only will it make your home tidier, but it should also make it easier to lay your hands on what you are actually looking for.

Today we will concentrate on organizing your home, specifically:

– Wrapping Paper
– Small Items
– Cables
– Kids coloring supplies
– Under Bed Storage
– Organizing the Kitchen

Wrapping Paper

A roll of wrapping paper is only slightly more expensive than a couple of sheets, so it makes sense to buy the rolls. The trouble is, that knowing where to store them can be a bit more difficult. A good solution is to find a small alcove in your room, perhaps at the side of a door which is wide enough for a roll of paper, then use a wire shelf on its side so that the rolls can be stood up. This could be fitted inside a closet, or even on the back of a door without too much effort. If you don’t have a wire shelf then you could achieve a similar thing by using wood or bungee cords.

Small Items

Small items, including pins, hair pins and slides are the worst because they are the easiest to lose. If they are small enough to store in a jar then the jars can be attached under a table or a desk. Secure the lids of the jar using either a screw, glue or a magnet. Then the jars can be put safely under the desk out of the way. My favorite option is to use a magnet since then the whole jar can be removed, it also makes it much easier to put the jars back as they don’t have to go in exactly the same place every time.

Cables

Cables are a nightmare that anyone with a television or computer has to endure. There are plenty of cable management systems available to buy, but why bother when you can use paper clips. Screw a couple of big binder clips onto the back of your desk and clip your cables inside. This will keep your desk much tidier.

Kids Coloring Supplies

If you have kids then you probably already know just how messy they can be. Telling them off though would probably make the situation worse, instead make tidying up after them easy. A dish drainer is perfect for storing all sorts of books and coloring supplies. The books can be stood up where plates normally drain, and the little cutlery basket is perfect for pens and pencils.

Under Bed Storage

The space under a bed is normally wasted and just collects dust. Instead you can use this for storage using all sorts of storage boxes. For a cheap and easy solution put some casters onto some old drawers and slide them under the bed. These are perfect for storing shoes, bedding and anything else you may need regular access to.

Organizing the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most difficult rooms in your house to keep clean since it gets so much use. All sorts of electrical gadgets and appliances get shoved into cupboards which can make it difficult to find them. Instead, try putting all of your small kitchen appliances into boxes and then sliding the whole thing into a cupboard. This should make it much easier to find the gadget that you are actually looking for.

Additional Resources: Looking for more organization ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Real Simple and also these great ideas from Martha Stewart.

33 Life-Changing Ways To Use Binder Clips

The most boring office supply has to be the binder clip. They help with organization, but let’s be honest, they are really just a paperclip on steroids. After seeing this terrific roundup I am starting to change my opinion; maybe they aren’t so boring after all. There are some quick fixes and terrific hacks that will leave your mind blown!

Continue HERE to see all 33 ways…

Diply:
33 Life-Changing Ways To Use Binder Clips

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How To Declutter Your Home Forever

I am a little compulsive when it comes to cleaning. Just ask my family, I clean but I don’t really declutter. (I just move stuff.) Melva Green, a clinical Psychiatrist and expert on hoarders, has seen how clutter can throw life out of order. Disorder brings stress and anxiety and your home should be a peaceful retreat from the world. Go through every room of the house with Bottom Line Publications and rid your house of clutter and stress.

Here is the room by room ‘how-to’…

Bottom Line Publications – Declutter Your Home Forever

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craft room organization

Find all the inspiration and ideas for organizing your craft room here! Everyone has a dream work space and HGTV wants to help you create yours. You may not have an enormous space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put some of these to work for you. And someday you will have a big and bright room to organize and DIY to your hearts desire.

See all 12 ideas here…

HGTV – 12 Amazing Craft Room Organization Ideas

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52 Meticulous Organizing Tips For The OCD Person In You

Your inner organizer will rejoice after seeing this fabulous roundup from Buzzfeed. If you fall in love with more than 25 (I did). You have a true passion for being neat and organized. Kudos! I love number 4! Who knew my shelves had built in cubbies? And I don’t know anyone whose purse can’t use some extra help. These and so many others will be so useful in my life!

You’d have to ask my husband if I’m OCD, but all I know is that I love all these ideas!

Here’s the link to BuzzFeed’s full article: BuzzFeed:
52 Meticulous Organizing Tips For The OCD Person In You

Your life is probably very busy and frantic. This can cause a lot of mess which can ultimately make finding anything much more difficult. Read these simple organization tips to discover how they can be used to make your life much easier.

Organization Tips:

– Fold Plastic Bags
– Hang Shelves upside down
– Organizing Drawers
– Storing Plates
– Make Baking Easier
– Hiding fridge Memos out of sight

Folding Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are very useful items which can be used over and over again. The problem is knowing where to store them. Most people just shove them all into a tiny space which may keep them out of the way, but it can also make it difficult to get them out. A much more organized option is to fold the plastic bags into triangles. Fold the bags in half, and then half again. Then wrap and fold the plastic bag into a triangle. This will keep your cupboard tidy and prevent the bags from making a mess.

Hang Shelves upside down

It may seem a bit counter intuitive to hang shelves upside down, but it can actually create some very useful space. By hanging them upside down the brackets will create little compartments, and also prevent things from falling off the shelves.

Organizing Drawers

Drawers will normally get quite messy, since most people will throw everything into a drawer when tidying up. To organize them, you can use boxes or bins. The trouble is that these will move when you open and close the drawer. A simple solution to this problem is to use Velcro to secure the bins in place. This will still allow the bins to be removed when tidying up.

Storing Plates

A pegboard can be customised to make it hold plates and bowels in place. This will make it easier to make sure the plates and bowls are being put in the correct place.

Make Baking Easier

When you are baking, you will often want to know equivalent measures for weights and volumes. Looking on the Internet or in a recipe book will give you this information, but it will waste some time. An easier solution is to use blackboard paint to paint a blackboard onto the inside of one of your cabinets. Then, you can use chalk to write down equivalent, or virtually anything else you want to remember while in the kitchen. The same technique could also be used to help you remember your shopping list.

Hiding Fridge Memos out of Sight

Most people put lots of memos and notes all over their fridge, secured with magnets. Instead of having this cutter clearly visible, try tucking it out of sight. Put a piece of sheet metal into the inside of the cupboard door, and then use this to stick all the magnets to.

Use Tension Rods to Hang Scarves

Scarves can be very difficult to hang up and look neat and tidy. To organise them better simply use some tension rods. These can be secured in place anywhere you have a small alcove in the room. Then the scarves can be tied to it to keep them organised.

Organize your Desk

If you need shelving at your desk then you could install a couple of shelves. For an easier solution though, use shoe racks the same color as your desk and put them on the surface. This is a great way to organise routers and paperwork.

Additional Resources: Looking for more organization ideas?
Don’t miss this article by Sunset and also this one from Martha Stewart.

How To Organize Inside Kitchen Cabinet Doors

There is no excuse for wasting space! Especially in small spaces, like my kitchen. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never thought about using the doors of my cabinets for storage. For shame! I am so excited to try these ideas from Sas Interiors. I love how there is contact paper to fancy them up, magnetic sheets to make them multi-purposed, and cork board for a hidden bulletin board. So cool!

Find it here…

SasInteriors – Ideas For The Inside Of The Cabinet Doors

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slide out pantry

If you only have a few inches to work with, you will love this idea! I love more space and canned food takes up so much of it! I bet I could shove the fridge a bit and have enough room. Now I will be able to see what I have and no more having five of the same thing. It will be great to store more tasty things in the pantry.

Check out the tutorial here…

LearningToBeMe – Cabinet DIY Completed And Tutorial

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