It’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? You clean out your pantry, your junk drawer, your hall closet and in a few weeks time it looks as though you did nothing. Many of our readers ask us how to eliminate clutter. Today we have some creative and cute ideas about how to repurpose common items and turn them into clever household storage solutions.
Instead of storing 8×10 pictures in boxes and bags as you promise to get them into scrapbooks soon, display them using clipboards. They’re easy to hang, the images can be quickly changed out if necessary and they add a playful, unexpected touch to empty wall space.
Kitchen supplies have often made their way into the home office, like cookie tins for cord storage and cans to hold pens and pencils. But this idea is really outside the box. Use a plastic dish drainer as a home office file organizer. The cutlery holder is perfect for housing pencils and markers, as the file folders stay straight and upright thanks to dish-drying slots.
If you have vintage lunchboxes lying around, then put them to use by giving them a function beyond collecting dust. These clever containers are portable solutions for storing and organizing all kinds of household items, and their playful exteriors can bring an expected splash of color to any space. Fill them with electronic devices, instruction manuals and other home office supplies, and integrate them onto your bookshelves for a classic vintage look.
Housing small items — like paper clips, rubber bands and thumbtacks — in the kitchen can be a nuisance. That’s where recycled tuna cans come in handy. Nestled side by side, short containers serve as the perfect separators for small accessories and junk drawer knickknacks. With this method, it will be virtually impossible for your drawer to slip back into its state of disarray.
You may not necessarily have an electrical spool lying around the house, but you can easily find them, and they’re oftentimes free at many home improvement stores. Wooden spools are excellent for keeping the garden hose tidy outdoors; they can be cushioned and repurposed into an ottoman, or they can be turned into a flea-style craft storage table.
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