Clutter is a never ending battle. There are things you just do not want to let go of, but at the same time, you have no place to put them.
It may be tempting to buy a plastic storage bin, but instead why not use something you already own to store your items.
By using what you already have to store items, you’re saving money and space at the same time. Here are 4 easy DIYstorage ideas to create easy storage solutions with items that you already own.
1. Glass Jars
Glass jars are a great item to store smaller items. Placing buttons in a glass jar, tying a pretty ribbon on it and putting it on a shelf near your sewing area is a great way to store the buttons and have something nice to look at. Having the buttons in the glass jar will also help you find the right button the next time you need one.
Let’s face it – nuts, bolts, nails and screws simply are not attractive to most people. You can use the same idea as with the buttons, but use a pretty label to cover what is inside. Place the jar on a shelf to organize small items and keep them handy.
2. Cereal Boxes
Rather than tossing out your cereal boxes, cut the corner off with a craft knife and cover each box with pretty wrapping paper or paint it. You can use these covered boxes to store magazines, instruction manuals or your favorite catalogs. Here’s a helpful video tutorial that shows how easy it is to create these handy magazine holders.
3. Old Dressers
Painting an old dresser or shelving unit can breathe new life into it. I did this a few years ago for my daughter’s room. I repainted the entire the dresser then decorated it with pretty scrapbooking stickers
3. Old Baskets
Instead of throwing out old baskets, repurpose them! Wash them off, give them a coat of paint to coordinate with a room and then place it in the corner. You can find old baskets at Goodwill or thrift stores. I repainted mine then created a basket liner from bed sheets. This basket liner tutorial from Curbly is awesome in showing you step-by-step how to create them.
4. Ice Cube Trays
Embellish an ice cube tray with ribbon or beads along the edges. You can then use the tray to store earrings or other jewelry items in a fun way. Think of other small items that you could put in an ice cube tray and you have ready-made storage from something you already own.
These are just a few DIY storage ideas to transform everyday items into essential organizers. Just look around your house and you can probably think of other items to repurpose to create creative storage solutions.