With some creativity, you can have a beautifully organized home without spending extra money on store-bought gear. Turn otherwise useless household items into organizational helpers.
You know how it goes. You clean out your home and discover random items (or hire a cleaning service nyc to help out) that no longer seem to have a place in the mix. Instead of throwing them out, why not put them to a new, even better use? We’ve rounded up some tips and tricks for using ordinary objects in a whole new way — because nothing beats the feeling of making something new out of something old. Click through for our best organizational ideas.
Cleaning out your garage? Instead of donating that extra ladder, use it as storage for throws and scarves, suggests Holly Becker, author of Decorate and Decorate Workshop and founder of decor8Blog.com. You can also hang and store magazines, or use a stepladder as an extra side table.
Think twice before you ditch that trunk — it can double as a coffee table and as storage for blankets in cooler months.
3. Matchbox as Travel Sewing Kit
Once the sticks are gone, fill a matchbox with a few sewing essentials: needles, thread, buttons, and a few safety pins. No more need to panic when a button emergency strikes on a business trip.
4. Ice Cube Trays
Instead of ditching those old ice cube trays, reuse them as organizers for all of your hair accessories.
5. Drum Shade
Got an old drum shade pendant that you no longer use? “Strip it down to its bare frame and turn it into a piece of art,” says Becker. In this photo, shade was remade into a hanging artwork that’s now the focal point of a living room.
6. Vase as Toilet Paper Storage
The perfect arrangement for helping toilet paper hides in plain sight. Guests don’t have to root around for a new roll in your not absolutely, positively tidy vanity, and you always know when you’re running low.
7. Coat Rack as Jewelry Holder
Store your best-loved (and most frequently worn) necklaces and bracelets within easy reach on a wall-mounted coat rack. Bonus: they’ll stay tangle-free when not decorating your neck.
Hang jewelry in pretty old frames, suggests Kristin Grove of SimplyGrove.com. That way your necklaces won’t get tangled in a heap on your dresser, and you’ll always know where to find them.
Are old suitcases piling up in the basement? Give them a face-lift and stack them to create a great bedside table. Top with a mirror or frame for a beautiful finishing touch.
Turn an empty bookshelf into an at-home bar. With a little paint and wrapping paper, she transformed a boring piece into a focal point.
11. Nail Polish as Key Coder
Differentiate your keys by color-coding them with your favorite nail hues. Lay keys flat and apply a thick coat of a different shade to the top of each one.
12. Laundry Bag as Dishwashing Aid
Keep mini Tupperware lids, baby-bottle caps, and other small items from falling through the dishwasher rack. You’ll save time by no longer diving for treasure on the floor of the dishwasher.
13. Old Shoe Boxes
Shoe boxes piling up in your closet? Instead of throwing them out, snap photos of your shoes, attach the pics to the outside of the boxes and stack them for a more organized shoe collection.
14. Old Pillows
Here’s another great end table idea. If you purchased a new sofa and now you have a bunch of extra (sturdy) pillows lying around, stack them up and top with a tray for a DIY end table.