7 easy DIY organization projects for your home

Crafty homeowners can create their own organization systems that are perfect for keeping items accessible and the house looking tidy. The average homeowner struggles with clutter throughout their house, and may have trouble finding items in a pinch, but there are many DIY solutions to fix these problems.

7 easy DIY organization projects for your home

1. Create a cubby for plastic bags

  • Grocery and store sacks can quickly overtake your home.
  • If your recycling centre doesn't take them, it's in everyone's best interest for you to get as much use out of them as possible.
  • Reuse plastic sacks easily and keep them looking nice by tucking them into an empty tissue box. This can be set on the kitchen counter or hung inside a cabinet door.

2. Use hanging screens for jewelry

  • A window screen, cleaned off, can be hung on a wall in a bedroom or bathroom, and used as storage for earrings, sunglasses, barrettes and scarves.
  • If the screen's frame is looking a little dingy or boring, feel free to dress it up with a little paint.

3. Mount crates for storage

  • Free up valuable floor space by painting wooden crates and then mounting them on walls.
  • The resultant cubbies work great for shoes, bags, purses and other accessories.

4. Store toothbrushes in notches in medicine cabinet shelves

  • If your medicine cabinet has wood or particle board shelves, cut small notches on the edge of each shelf, just wide enough for the neck of each toothbrush and a few inches deep.
  • Your toothbrush will fit snugly and safely in the remaining notch, and it'll stay clean too.

5. Glue an envelope into the covers of your notebooks

  • If you're the sort who carries around a notebook or journal, you likely slip receipts, notes, to-do lists and other items between its pages.
  • To keep them organized and safe, glue an envelope to the inside cover, where you can tuck everything away securely.
  • If you have a wide variety of notes, consider multiple envelopes.

6. Keep your cords safe with binder clips

  • Most people have computer desks that are overrun with cords.
  • For each cord that you sometimes plug into your computer, attach a binder clip to the edge of your desk.
  • The plug end fits safely in the wired bit, so just tug the cord through and plug it into your computer when you need it.

7. Use gallon milk jugs to store assorted items

  • No, you don't need to thread things through the milk jug's tiny hole!
  • Instead, cut out the sides of the milk jug to leave the plastic base and one side of the milk jug intact, which you can then fold and fasten over the milk jug's base to keep your items safe.
  • Alternately, you can cut out all but the base and the handle, if you would like to hang the resulting container from a large hook.
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