Storage

DIY Hanging Purse Organizer

I was looking for a quick and easy way to store my purses so I could free up some shelf space in my closet, and looking at a length of chain I had lying around, inspiration struck to create this simple hanging purse organizer:

Best of all, it requires no tools to make: all you need is a length of chain (you can get this at any hardware store for ~$0.50 to $1 per ft), and some s-hooks (I got mine at IKEA – 10 for $1 but you can also find these at hardware stores).

To hang it, I used a carabiner (~$2.00 from any hardware store) which works great to hang on a hook or you can simply loop the chain around the closet rod and clip the chain in place with the carabiner.

Then it’s just a matter of spacing out the s-hooks to hang the purses in a way that makes them easy to see. You could also use the same system to hang hats, scarves, etc. And did you notice that my choice of purse colors seems to match the EYS logo? I guess I really do like orange and gray!

 

I was looking for a quick and easy way to store my purses so I could free up some shelf space in my closet, and looking at a length of chain I had lying around, inspiration struck to create this simple hanging purse organizer:

Best of all, it requires no tools to make: all you need is a length of chain (you can get this at any hardware store for ~$0.50 to $1 per ft), and some s-hooks (I got mine at IKEA – 10 for $1 but you can also find these at hardware stores).

To hang it, I used a carabiner (~$2.00 from any hardware store) which works great to hang on a hook or you can simply loop the chain around the closet rod and clip the chain in place with the carabiner.

Then it’s just a matter of spacing out the s-hooks to hang the purses in a way that makes them easy to see. You could also use the same system to hang hats, scarves, etc. And did you notice that my choice of purse colors seems to match the EYS logo? I guess I really do like orange and gray!

 

DIY Shoe Organizer

I recently moved into my new apartment in LA and though it’s far from perfect, it is much bigger and has lots more closet space than my last apartment.  So now that I have a bedroom with a really large closet , I wanted to find an easy way to display and store the shoes that I don’t use all that often. Looking at some cardboard lying around, inspiration struck for creating this DIY shoe organizer: it took only minutes to build and turned the shelf above my closet rod into the perfect shoe display.

Here’s what I used to make them: cardboard – approx. 10″ wide (free), 2 plastic corner guard (4 ft long)  ~$5.00 from any hardware store, 3M adhesive transfer tape (you could also use heavy duty double sided tape).

Here’s the overall design for 4 cubbies:

Step 1: Cut pieces of cardboard to size using heavy duty scissors so you have 2 top pieces that are 10″ wide x 50″ long , and 1 bottom piece that is 10″ wide x 40″ long. These dimensions will give you 4 cubbies that are 10″ x 10″ x 10″.

Step 2: Take the bottom piece and 10″ from both ends, bend the cardboard 90 degrees using a straight edge.

For the top pieces, bend the ends 10″ from the ends, like the bottom piece, and then on one side, bend the cardboard again, 10″ from the previous bend (see diagram below). I chose to leave the cardboard as is but you could also cover it with contact paper for a more finished look.

Step 3: Cut the corner guards into 6 pieces the depth of the cubbies (10″ long in my case) and transfer the adhesive onto the outside edges.

Step 4: Glue the corner guards to the top pieces: glue one corner guard to each end and glue another corner guard to the bottom of the horizontal section so that the edge sticking out has the glue side facing the middle ( see diagram below).

Step 6: Join the bottom piece to the top pieces by pressing the sides of the bottom piece to the corner guards and adding some tape where the 2 top pieces meet to further secure them together.

The shoe cubbies are surprisingly sturdy and I love how you can easily customize the size and even stack them up if you want to. This DIY shoe organizer has given my shoes a proper home in my closet, and I even got to recycle in the process!

I recently moved into my new apartment in LA and though it’s far from perfect, it is much bigger and has lots more closet space than my last apartment.  So now that I have a bedroom with a really large closet , I wanted to find an easy way to display and store the shoes that I don’t use all that often. Looking at some cardboard lying around, inspiration struck for creating this DIY shoe organizer: it took only minutes to build and turned the shelf above my closet rod into the perfect shoe display.

Here’s what I used to make them: cardboard – approx. 10″ wide (free), 2 plastic corner guard (4 ft long)  ~$5.00 from any hardware store, 3M adhesive transfer tape (you could also use heavy duty double sided tape).

Here’s the overall design for 4 cubbies:

Step 1: Cut pieces of cardboard to size using heavy duty scissors so you have 2 top pieces that are 10″ wide x 50″ long , and 1 bottom piece that is 10″ wide x 40″ long. These dimensions will give you 4 cubbies that are 10″ x 10″ x 10″.

Step 2: Take the bottom piece and 10″ from both ends, bend the cardboard 90 degrees using a straight edge.

For the top pieces, bend the ends 10″ from the ends, like the bottom piece, and then on one side, bend the cardboard again, 10″ from the previous bend (see diagram below). I chose to leave the cardboard as is but you could also cover it with contact paper for a more finished look.

Step 3: Cut the corner guards into 6 pieces the depth of the cubbies (10″ long in my case) and transfer the adhesive onto the outside edges.

Step 4: Glue the corner guards to the top pieces: glue one corner guard to each end and glue another corner guard to the bottom of the horizontal section so that the edge sticking out has the glue side facing the middle ( see diagram below).

Step 6: Join the bottom piece to the top pieces by pressing the sides of the bottom piece to the corner guards and adding some tape where the 2 top pieces meet to further secure them together.

The shoe cubbies are surprisingly sturdy and I love how you can easily customize the size and even stack them up if you want to. This DIY shoe organizer has given my shoes a proper home in my closet, and I even got to recycle in the process!

DIY Hanging Earring Jewelry Organizer

I have a lot of earrings and wanted to have an easy way to store the ones I use the most so I can have quick access to them when I get ready in the morning. So I came up with this idea for a really simple and inexpensive DIY earring organizer that can hang from a towel rod or rail. It’s perfect for small bathrooms that don’t have a lot of counter space!

What you’ll need:

Materials: small frame, plastic mesh canvas , ball chain (on hand), long prong brads (online) – $2, paint 

Tools: Scissors, drill, paint brush (optional)

Step 1: Remove the glass and any metal clips from the frame and drill holes around the frame, evenly spaced out (I painted my frame with gold metallic paint before drilling).

Step 2: With scissors, cut the mesh plastic canvas to the desired size. I cut mine so that it was about 1/2″ wider than the frame all around.

 Step 3: Join the frame and the mesh canvas using the long prong brads. You can get them online in many different colors to go with your frame.

Step 4: Fish the ball chain through the top corners of the plastic mesh canvas for hanging. You can also use rope or string.

Step 5: Hang and add earrings: the 1/2″ of mesh at the bottom is the perfect spot for hoop, clip-on or really long earrings.

I hung my earring organizer on the towel rod in my small bathroom and use hooks for my towels instead – works for me! You can use this jewelry organizer with any towel rod, or towel rail and place it anywhere, like on a closet door, or a wall.

 

I have a lot of earrings and wanted to have an easy way to store the ones I use the most so I can have quick access to them when I get ready in the morning. So I came up with this idea for a really simple and inexpensive DIY earring organizer that can hang from a towel rod or rail. It’s perfect for small bathrooms that don’t have a lot of counter space!

What you’ll need:

Materials: small frame, plastic mesh canvas , ball chain (on hand), long prong brads (online) – $2, paint 

Tools: Scissors, drill, paint brush (optional)

Step 1: Remove the glass and any metal clips from the frame and drill holes around the frame, evenly spaced out (I painted my frame with gold metallic paint before drilling).

Step 2: With scissors, cut the mesh plastic canvas to the desired size. I cut mine so that it was about 1/2″ wider than the frame all around.

 Step 3: Join the frame and the mesh canvas using the long prong brads. You can get them online in many different colors to go with your frame.

Step 4: Fish the ball chain through the top corners of the plastic mesh canvas for hanging. You can also use rope or string.

Step 5: Hang and add earrings: the 1/2″ of mesh at the bottom is the perfect spot for hoop, clip-on or really long earrings.

I hung my earring organizer on the towel rod in my small bathroom and use hooks for my towels instead – works for me! You can use this jewelry organizer with any towel rod, or towel rail and place it anywhere, like on a closet door, or a wall.

 

DIY Double Hang Closet Rod

One of the easiest ways to instantly double your hanging space in a closet is to add a double hang closet rod. You can buy one from the store but making a DIY version gives you the option to easily customize the height/length to fit your closet, plus it’s inexpensive, quick and fun to make your own!

You can get everything you need at the hardware store: 1 hardwood dowel (1 1/4” diameter),  4-8 eye screws (2 for the rod, and the rest for the purses), chain (2 lengths of ~ 3.5 ft long), 4 chain links, s-hooks (for the purses)

Step 1: Cut the dowel to the length that you need (you can have it cut at the hardware store or use a miter box and saw)

Step 2: Drill pilot holes and put in eye screws at each end of the dowel (these will be used to hang the dowel). If you don’t have a drill, you can use a nail and a hammer to make a pilot hole. Repeat for the eye screws that will be used for the purses, on the opposite side of the dowel.

Step 3: Attach the 2 chain lengths to the top closet rod using the chain links

Step 4: Attach the chain to the eye screws on the dowel using the chain links – adjust the length as desired.

Step 5: To store your purses, use s-hooks and to store long boots, use pant or skirt hangers (to protect soft leather, pad the clips with foam or cardboard).

The addition of this double hang rod has made a huge difference in how organized my closet is – now I can quickly get to everything I need everyday and I especially love how my boots no longer flop to the side in a big pile on the floor!

One of the easiest ways to instantly double your hanging space in a closet is to add a double hang closet rod. You can buy one from the store but making a DIY version gives you the option to easily customize the height/length to fit your closet, plus it’s inexpensive, quick and fun to make your own!

You can get everything you need at the hardware store: 1 hardwood dowel (1 1/4” diameter),  4-8 eye screws (2 for the rod, and the rest for the purses), chain (2 lengths of ~ 3.5 ft long), 4 chain links, s-hooks (for the purses)

Step 1: Cut the dowel to the length that you need (you can have it cut at the hardware store or use a miter box and saw)

Step 2: Drill pilot holes and put in eye screws at each end of the dowel (these will be used to hang the dowel). If you don’t have a drill, you can use a nail and a hammer to make a pilot hole. Repeat for the eye screws that will be used for the purses, on the opposite side of the dowel.

Step 3: Attach the 2 chain lengths to the top closet rod using the chain links

Step 4: Attach the chain to the eye screws on the dowel using the chain links – adjust the length as desired.

Step 5: To store your purses, use s-hooks and to store long boots, use pant or skirt hangers (to protect soft leather, pad the clips with foam or cardboard).

The addition of this double hang rod has made a huge difference in how organized my closet is – now I can quickly get to everything I need everyday and I especially love how my boots no longer flop to the side in a big pile on the floor!

Add extra shelving space with DIY shelf inserts

If you’re like me and only have a limited amount of shelving space to store things, with no room to add more,  a great solution is to make custom DIY shelf inserts. They are easy and inexpensive to make and will allow you the freedom to configure your shelf space to meet your specific needs.

You only a few basic materials and tools to built them: 4″ x 1″ or 6″ x 1″ pine board, wood glue, screws, corner clamps, drill and a countersink drill bit, wood filler and stain or paint (optional). The steps for making this are the same as for making the shelf from this previous post, except that you don’t need the bottom piece.

It’s an easy and quick way to customize your shelving to work with the kinds of things you have to store, and at the same time makes it easier to get to everything.

If you’re like me and only have a limited amount of shelving space to store things, with no room to add more,  a great solution is to make custom DIY shelf inserts. They are easy and inexpensive to make and will allow you the freedom to configure your shelf space to meet your specific needs.

You only a few basic materials and tools to built them: 4″ x 1″ or 6″ x 1″ pine board, wood glue, screws, corner clamps, drill and a countersink drill bit, wood filler and stain or paint (optional). The steps for making this are the same as for making the shelf from this previous post, except that you don’t need the bottom piece.

It’s an easy and quick way to customize your shelving to work with the kinds of things you have to store, and at the same time makes it easier to get to everything.

Tension rods to the rescue

When I moved into my small studio apartment, I asked the landlord to take out the closet door so I could place my bed next to it and not have to worry about the door clearance – not wanting to look at my stuff in the closet, a tension rod and a curtain was the perfect solution to close off the closet while still providing easy access.

(Meet my cat Lia – she decided she absolutely had to be in the picture – she loves posing!)

That’s a pretty conventional use of a tension rod, to put up a curtain. Well,  after spending some quality time on Pinterest, I have now discovered a whole new world of possibilities: turns out that tension rods are workhorses for better organization, from shoe storage to kitchen cupboards to organizing your cleaning supplies under your bathroom cabinet.

If you want to see more ways to put tension rods to good use, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to them .

When I moved into my small studio apartment, I asked the landlord to take out the closet door so I could place my bed next to it and not have to worry about the door clearance – not wanting to look at my stuff in the closet, a tension rod and a curtain was the perfect solution to close off the closet while still providing easy access.

(Meet my cat Lia – she decided she absolutely had to be in the picture – she loves posing!)

That’s a pretty conventional use of a tension rod, to put up a curtain. Well,  after spending some quality time on Pinterest, I have now discovered a whole new world of possibilities: turns out that tension rods are workhorses for better organization, from shoe storage to kitchen cupboards to organizing your cleaning supplies under your bathroom cabinet.

If you want to see more ways to put tension rods to good use, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to them .

Easy stool to side table transformation

Sometimes you only have room for a tiny side table or corner table: a stool can be the perfect solution and also give you additional storage space for some small items with this easy modification.

I simply added some shelves that I made from cardboard (from boxes in the recycling bin) that I covered up with some leftover SOLVEIG curtain panel material from IKEA. You could also use contact paper, fabric, wallpaper, whatever you have on hand, to cover up the cardboard. As for the shelf, foam board or 1/8″ thick hardwood panel would also work if you have that on hand. I just wedged the shelves in place but if your shelves are too loose, you can glue them in place with something like “Liquid Nails” or use 3M command strips  for something less permanent. I now have the perfectly sized side table and a place for my sewing supplies stored in old cigar boxes. I love DIY transformations like this that I can do with stuff I have around the house!

Sometimes you only have room for a tiny side table or corner table: a stool can be the perfect solution and also give you additional storage space for some small items with this easy modification.

I simply added some shelves that I made from cardboard (from boxes in the recycling bin) that I covered up with some leftover SOLVEIG curtain panel material from IKEA. You could also use contact paper, fabric, wallpaper, whatever you have on hand, to cover up the cardboard. As for the shelf, foam board or 1/8″ thick hardwood panel would also work if you have that on hand. I just wedged the shelves in place but if your shelves are too loose, you can glue them in place with something like “Liquid Nails” or use 3M command strips  for something less permanent. I now have the perfectly sized side table and a place for my sewing supplies stored in old cigar boxes. I love DIY transformations like this that I can do with stuff I have around the house!

DIY magnetic spice rack

Storing your spices on the wall is a great way of freeing up precious cabinet space in a small kitchen. You can make your own DIY wall spice rack by using a cookie sheet or pizza pan with magnetic spice containers – the colorful spices will also doubles as artwork!

You can also make your own magnetic spice containers with store bought spices by simply gluing magnets (from the dollar store) to the bottom of small round spice containers – I used liquid nails glue. For square spice containers, you can glue thin magnetic sheeting material on the back.

Storing your spices on the wall is a great way of freeing up precious cabinet space in a small kitchen. You can make your own DIY wall spice rack by using a cookie sheet or pizza pan with magnetic spice containers – the colorful spices will also doubles as artwork!

You can also make your own magnetic spice containers with store bought spices by simply gluing magnets (from the dollar store) to the bottom of small round spice containers – I used liquid nails glue. For square spice containers, you can glue thin magnetic sheeting material on the back.

The right hangers make all the difference!

Would you like more room in your closet? Try using these thin velvet hangers: they don’t take up as much room as regular hangers so you can fit in more clothes in the same amount of space, plus the velvet fabric keeps your clothes from falling off. I just love them!

Would you like more room in your closet? Try using these thin velvet hangers: they don’t take up as much room as regular hangers so you can fit in more clothes in the same amount of space, plus the velvet fabric keeps your clothes from falling off. I just love them!

Valentine’s day gift idea: DIY hanging jewelry box

Try This! Thursday: With Valentine’s day around the corner, are you stuck wondering what to give that special lady in your life? Why not forgo some of the more traditional options and make her something instead! This beautiful hanging picture frame/jewelry box is easy to make by following this how-to video and it’s a great gift that’s easy to personalize with a meaningful picture. And of course, you can always add a little surprise inside!
Try This! Thursday: With Valentine’s day around the corner, are you stuck wondering what to give that special lady in your life? Why not forgo some of the more traditional options and make her something instead! This beautiful hanging picture frame/jewelry box is easy to make by following this how-to video and it’s a great gift that’s easy to personalize with a meaningful picture. And of course, you can always add a little surprise inside!

Short on storage space? Go vertical!

If you’re short on storage space, consider using the space above your kitchen cabinets to store rarely used items. Recycling paper boxes by “prettying” them up with contact paper or fabric is an inexpensive way to do this – it will keep visual clutter to a minimum and your items will stay dust free.

You can also make the most of that awkward space above the fridge by using white plastic drawers to store more knickknacks.

If you’re short on storage space, consider using the space above your kitchen cabinets to store rarely used items. Recycling paper boxes by “prettying” them up with contact paper or fabric is an inexpensive way to do this – it will keep visual clutter to a minimum and your items will stay dust free.

You can also make the most of that awkward space above the fridge by using white plastic drawers to store more knickknacks.

Bookcase room divider

If you’re looking to create separate living spaces in a studio apartment, think about using bookcases. You can configure them to act like a wall and if the back is unfinished, pretty it up with wallpaper or grasscloth. It’s a perfect solution for renters since you can take your wall with you when you leave! I used Ikea Billy bookcases in my studio apartment to create an entryway giving me a place to hang my coat and much needed additional storage.

If you’re looking to create separate living spaces in a studio apartment, think about using bookcases. You can configure them to act like a wall and if the back is unfinished, pretty it up with wallpaper or grasscloth. It’s a perfect solution for renters since you can take your wall with you when you leave! I used Ikea Billy bookcases in my studio apartment to create an entryway giving me a place to hang my coat and much needed additional storage.

Recycle paper boxes for stylish storage

Recycling paper boxes into stylish storage is an easy and economical way to organize your stuff. If you don’t have any boxes handy, Staples sells them for $1. All you need to do is pretty them up with contact paper, which you can get in many different colors and finishes (I used a brown faux-leather contact paper I got at Home Depot). You can also add some ribbon around the edges for a more finished look. They will keep your things out of sight and complement your decor, all for about $4 per box!

 

Recycling paper boxes into stylish storage is an easy and economical way to organize your stuff. If you don’t have any boxes handy, Staples sells them for $1. All you need to do is pretty them up with contact paper, which you can get in many different colors and finishes (I used a brown faux-leather contact paper I got at Home Depot). You can also add some ribbon around the edges for a more finished look. They will keep your things out of sight and complement your decor, all for about $4 per box!